1. Make sure to have enough of the appropriate packing supplies -Not having what you need will add exponentially to your frustration.
2. Load the boxes correctly - The heavier the item the smaller the box. Save the larger boxes for things that are lighter and harder to carry on their own. If you’re using professional movers, they will thank you!
3. Do your sorting ahead of time – Moving is difficult enough. This is the perfect time to donate to your favorite charity. And of course, this is the time to throw away all the things you don’t want or can’t use.
4. Label and color code your boxes - This one is obvious, but many times this step is left out, making it harder to get your new place organized. You need to know what’s in those boxes, and the movers need to know where to put them. Color code the boxes by room. You can buy color coded labels and packing tape at Walmart.
5. Pack the same room in the same box - Don’t pack your towels with your frying pans. Unpacking items that all belong in the same room saves time and energy at a time when you need it most.
6. Don’t wait to pack kitchens and bathrooms - These rooms take the most time, so get them finished. If you have more than one bathroom, pack up all but one and close the doors. You can use one bathroom with minimal toiletries for a few days. Use paper plates and plastic utensils for a few days, and no cooking for the last few days so that you can clean out the fridge.
7. Decide on a place to store packed boxes – While you are moving into your new place and before unpacking, designate an area in each room where to stack your packed boxes. This will help you avoid moving boxes several times.