Buy what you need in advance
To pack your belongings there are a few things that you will need beforehand. You will need: cardboard boxes, to pack things in; packaging material, such as bubble wrap, to protect anything fragile; and masking tape, to hold the boxes together. Make sure that the tape that you buy is strong enough to stop things from falling through.
New boxes or used boxes?
When looking for boxes, there is the question of whether to get new boxes or reuse old ones. Many moving companies will provide used boxes for free. As they are from a reputable source, you can be sure they are clean and won't dirty your belongings.
Pack room by room
You want to avoid moving around between rooms when packing. The most efficient way to pack is to be systematic about it. You want to finish packing a room before you move on to packing another room. As you go, you want to label what is going into the boxes. You can also use colour coded stickers to indicate which room the contents is from. Labeling and colour coding the boxes allows you to sort the boxes with ease when unpacking. This can save a lot of time.
When to sort your belongings
Whether you sort your belongings before or after your move is up to you as both have their advantages. Since packing and moving home is already tiring, leaving the sorting until you are in the new home can save time and energy during the move itself. On the other hand, sorting things as you are packing will save you time and energy in the long run. It is far easier to sort things as you are packing them, rather than having to deal with it while you are unpacking. This can also save you money, as items that are packed properly will take up less room and thus, less boxes.
Packing your clothes
Whether you pack your clothes into a bag or into boxes is largely personal preference. Overall however, boxes tend to have more advantages. Bags are prone to tearing, which can be problematic if it happens in the wrong place. Packing in boxes also allows you to fold your clothes while packing. This is not only more space efficient, it also saves you having to do so when unpacking.
Packing your valuables
Anything expensive such as large electronics or art, needs to be packed very carefully. If you don't have the original packaging, it is best to leave packing these things to the removalists. You don't want to arrive at your new home, only to find that your TV or computer was damaged in the move. For smaller valuables such as jewelery, it is recommended that you transport it yourself. If you have a safe, transporting it yourself is preferable, but if it is too heavy, you can load it onto the moving truck.
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