Relocation, regardless of whether it’s a local or long-distance moving project, is something that many people dread. The entire process from the moment you decide to move to the unpacking of the final box in your new home can be extremely busy and stressful. This is especially true for those without time to properly plan and organize a move, or that aren’t sure how to coordinate a smooth and successful packing project.

Packing is, without a doubt, a time-consuming and exhausting part of the moving process. Just thinking about all of the work ahead of a typical move is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Fortunately, there are ways to make the process a lot easier. 

In this article, our professional movers at 495 Movers will share some essential tips for packing efficiently. These helpful tips, along with high-quality services from your moving company, are sure to make your next relocation a breeze.

Declutter Your Home

Before you even start packing, the first thing that you need to do is to declutter your home and sort your items. Separate your belongings, making piles according to what you’re keeping, what you’re donating to charity or giving away to friends and relatives, and anything you’re planning on selling. You can also take this opportunity to throw away any useless junk or items that can’t be reused or recycled.

Aside from saving time, decluttering will also save you money. Normally, one of the factors that affect the cost of the move is the number of items that your plan will transport. By minimizing the number of belongings that you’re fitting into the moving van or truck, you won’t be charged as much.

Prepare Packing Supplies

Before you even start packing, ensure that you have enough packing supplies to complete the project. Your packing supply haul should include plenty of boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, scissors, and furniture padding. Without enough supplies, the packing process is bound to be interrupted and delayed. Make sure you have enough to make it through an entire packing session without stopping.

Packing supplies can also include plastic bags and old boxes, storage bins, old suitcases and duffel bags, and even towels or blankets for extra padding. The key here is to take the time to gather all these packing essentials together before you begin.

Use the Room System When Packing

To avoid wasting time, pack up your home using the room system. The room system refers to the strategic packing of your belongings according to room, making sure you’ve finished an entire room before moving on to the next. This process will not only help with the packing, but also the unloading of items once you arrive at your home.

When you pack room-by-room, make sure that your boxes are labelled accordingly so the movers will know where to put each box, and to avoid confusion on your part when you’re about to arrange the items in your new home. 

Do Not Pack Air

This simply means that it is not advisable to pack empty cabinets, suitcases, and other storage areas. Pack the entire cabinet or drawer, with your clothes and belongings still inside. Aside from reducing packing time, you will be able to save money by saving extra space in the moving vehicle. As we mentioned earlier, use suitcases to pack clothing and other belongings instead of just moving empty space.

Learn More About Our Full-Service Moving Solutions for Moving in and out of the DMV 

As helpful as these tips are, some people are just too busy to plan and execute a seamless packing experience. In these situations, it makes sense to get all of the help you can by finding a reliable and professional moving company with customized moving and storage solutions to handle your move for you. 

Since 2009, 495 Movers has offered exceptional, full-service moving solutions. Our menu of options includes packing and unpacking, specialized moving, and other local and long-distance moving services that make moving easy for our customers moving in and out of the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. area. To learn more about the expert solutions we provide, give us a call or fill out our online form for a free, in-home pricing estimate and moving consultation.