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Tips for Efficient Packing

Author: Gene Rodriguez III

Nobody thinks packing is fun. You can, however, take some of the sting out the job with common sense, planning and the following packing tips. 

Start Early

Try to start packing boxes at least six weeks before your move date. And don't put it off—procrastinating will only make things worse!

Divide & Conquer

Divide you stuff into four categories: things to keep, things to give away, things to donate and things to throw away. Be honest in your evaluations and consider getting rid of items you haven't used in more than a year. The lighter your load, the less you'll have to pack into moving boxes.

Make Lists

The most efficient packing job starts with organization. Create a list of the rooms of your house, with each room on a separate page. As you fill and seal packing boxes, number them and record the number of the box and its contents on your packing list. Keeping detailed notes will make unpacking easier when you get to your new home.

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Label Your Boxes

Make sure that each box is clearly labeled with the destination room, box number and a brief description of the contents. Detailed labeling will go a long way toward simplifying your unpacking. Instead of something generic like "clothes," provide more information, as in "winter clothes" or "kids swimwear."

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Stay Focused

Try to confine your packing efforts to one room or closet at a time. Finishing a room will give you a sense of accomplishment and help keep your boxes and note-taking organized.

Create a Work Area

Early in your packing sessions, designate a work area in your home so you don't end up with moving boxes and packing supplies scattered everywhere. Keeping the chaos contained to a specific area will also help lower your stress level.

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Arrange According to Size

As you are packing boxes, be sure to line the bottom of the boxes with the largest and heaviest items first. Fill in the top of the box with smaller and lighter items. Also, leaving a lot of empty space at the top will lead to a crushed box when it comes time to load the moving truck. Fill each moving box all the way to the top edge.

Stack Dishes Vertically

If you're packing dishes, pictures or record albums, stack them vertically instead of horizontally. Laying these types of items down will lead to damage during moving.

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