(StatePoint) Whether it’s your first move or your tenth, the process can be overwhelming. In fact, in a recent survey, commissioned by Duck brand, conducted online by Harris Poll, over half of Americans (56 percent) say packing to move is extremely/very stressful.
Some easy ideas can help you pack and unpack like a pro.
• Purge before Packing: Before loading boxes, get rid of items you haven’t used in a year or more. Make piles to sell, donate or toss. Sell valuable pieces online or to a consignment store, and donate other items in good condition to charity -- some organizations even pick things up at your home.
• Tap into Apps: Nearly half of Americans (48 percent) describe their moving style as “organized chaos” -- stating they have it all under control, even though it may not look like it. To help you truly organize the chaos, download a free app like Move Advisor or MyMove to create moving day checklists and timelines.
• Be Picture Perfect: Create a catalogue of photos before you move. Snap pictures of how your furniture was arranged, favorite knick-knacks were displayed and complex electronics were installed to make set-up easier in your new place.
• Box it Up: Over one quarter of Americans (26 percent) say finding enough boxes is frustrating when packing to move. While many are searching the local grocer or a friend’s basement for containers to reuse, it’s better to use new boxes, as secondhand boxes have often lost their strength. New, sturdy boxes, like those from Duck brand, are easy to find and available in a variety of sizes and levels of durability.
Then, seal your boxes with a strong packaging tape, such as EZ Start packaging tape. It won’t split or tear, and features “Frustration Free” special release technology, so you never lose the tape end.
• Disassemble a Day Ahead: Taking apart large furniture is time-consuming. Disassemble items before moving day, so your crew isn’t bogged down unbolting beds. Keep screws and other small parts together in sandwich bags taped to the furniture to which it belongs.
• Wrap with Care: It’s no surprise that one third of Americans (34 percent) say worrying about items breaking is the most frustrating part when packing to move. Wrap fragile belongings with a reputable cushioning material, like Bubble Wrap cushioning. Dish and glass kits also provide pouches and dividers to protect delicate goods.
• Learn to Love Labeling: Avoid having to answer, “Where does this go?” by clearly labeling each box on the sides, so you’ll be able to see its destination when boxes are stacked. Or, color-code them using colored duct tape. Duck Tape brand offers hundreds of colors.
• Moving Day Must-Haves: Clearly mark one box with immediate essentials, such as tools to re-assemble furniture; plates and utensils for feeding your moving crew; toiletries; and clothes for your first night. And, don’t forget to prepare for inclement weather -- have plastic runners on hand to cover floors if rain strikes, plus towels to wipe up wet spots.
With prep and planning, you’ll complete your move in no time, so you can relax and experience life’s next adventure in your new home.