The Proper Ways to Pack Various Items You’ll Be Taking in Your Move

While there are no rules about how or what to pack when you move out of New Jersey, there are some consequences to being unorganized and careless when packing. Aside from the likely damage to many items – especially fragile items that weren’t packed with the long drive in mind – there’s also the hassle of having to unpack boxes that are all jumbled up.

You can avoid these with two solutions. First, hire a long-haul moving company in New Jersey that offers full packing service, or by being more organized, efficient, and methodical about how to pack your items at least a week before your moving day. Here are some of the tips you should keep in mind before you start packing.

Pack According to Room

You might be tempted to just cram as many things into one box, but this will likely be the box you’ll put off unpacking down the line because of how jumbled its contents are. A good way to start organizing is to pack boxes according to room. Ideally, it’s best to start according to room rather than packing alike items together. For example, there should be separate boxes for the master bathroom, the kids’ bathroom, and the guest bathroom. Don’t forget to properly label each box for which room it belongs to.

By doing this, you’ll thank yourself later when it’s time to unpack. Unlabeled boxes crammed with items from different rooms can be much more difficult to unpack and organize. In comparison, your movers can simply unload the boxes according to which room the box is labeled with, and you can more easily sort your items without mixing with other rooms.

Avoid Cramming Your Boxes

To save up on space and using additional boxes, you might be tempted to fill a box to the brim with items. This isn’t a good idea. While you could reduce the number of boxes you use, doing this will make the box heavier, which increases the risk of it being dropped. Having a box crammed with items can also increase the risk of more fragile items getting crushed in the process, causing damage.

While you can use recycled boxes for your move, your safest bet is to buy double-walled boxes and then tape the bottom and the seam on the side for reinforcement. Put padding like bubble wrap, newspapers, blankets, or towels at the bottom. Then, start by putting the heaviest item into the box then make your way to the lighter items. If you can’t close the box properly or need to push it down to close, then we recommend taking some items out and putting them in another box.

Handling Fragile Items

If you’re the kind of person who saves the packaging of old appliances and fragile items, now is a great time to use them. Even better if you saved things like the inner cardboard or Styrofoam parts used in the original packaging to hold the item in place. Otherwise, you can simply wrap your fragile items in bubble wrap and place them in a box that isn’t packed to the brim.

For appliances, remove all loose components and place them in a separate container, especially sharp components and cords. If you can’t remove the cord, coil it and tape it to the appliance.

Large Furniture

For large pieces of furniture that can be dismantled, do it before your moving day. This can make it easier and safer to transport. For instance, some office desks and small shelves can be easily assembled in your new home, so it might be more practical to break them down into smaller pieces that are easier to pack and ship.

Otherwise, let your professional movers deal with large furniture. Remove any items that can be taken off main furniture, such as the throw pillows and cushions on your sofa or the detachable shelves in your refrigerator.

Need More Info?

Undertaking a long-haul move requires your items to be carefully packed to avoid any damage. While you could take steps to pack your items at least a week in advance, you can also hire the packing services of a professional moving company in New Jersey to make your moving experience much easier.

We are Selective Van Lines, and we’re here to help! Contact us today to learn more about our full long-haul moving services in New Jersey.

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