Pack Smarter to Make Moving Easier

With an estimated 40 million Americans moving homes last year and a comparable number expected to do the same this year, the number of people who will endure the chaos of moving is staggering. – Develop a move plan. Schedule all the important dates, such as real estate transaction dates, necessary home repairs, packing dates, final cleaning and the moving truck’s arrival.

After pruning and before packing, assemble the proper packing tools: boxes, markers, newspaper, tissue, bubble wrap, scissors and a measuring tape. Another inexpensive and practical packing tool is Glad ForceFlex trash bags, which feature a diamond texture that stretches around objects to help prevent tears and rips, allowing you to fill up, stretch and stuff it with just about anything.

Assign a color to each level of your new home (e.g., red for upstairs, yellow for downstairs). Label each box clearly with the appropriately colored paper so helpers can get your boxes to the right floor. Label each box with its destination room and basic contents (e.g., Guest Room: Craft Supplies).

Norris offers some additional strategies for smart packing:

Store medicines and other liquids in leak-proof containers, such as Glad food storage bags and GladWare containers.

“Many people procrastinate when it comes to packing before a big move because the task can seem unmanageable,” says Vicki Norris, founder and president of Restoring Order, a professional organizing company, and author of “Restoring Order: Organizing Strategies to Reclaim Your Life.” “But packing can be very manageable if you have an organized plan and packing strategies.”.

“Prune your belongings down to what is useful and adds meaning and value to your life,” Norris advises. “Don’t forget pruning the stuff in your garage and storage units.” She also recommends going room by room to begin the decluttering process, combing through both living space and storage areas to eliminate broken, outgrown or abandoned items.

Develop a move plan. Sketch a simple floor plan of the destination home and identify how each room will be used. Landing your boxes in the correct room will be easier if you’ve taken the time to “purpose” the spaces in your future home and label boxes accordingly.

Do not load more than 50 pounds per box-doing so will make the box difficult to carry and may result in the bottom falling out.

Save room by using blankets and towels to pack fragile items. Glad bags can also be used as packing material inside boxes, and then used in garbage cans at your new home.

Norris says the best way to start packing is to free yourself of the things you don’t use by either donating or tossing them. Norris calls this lightening-up process pruning.

Set a timeline. Schedule all the important dates, such as real estate transaction dates, necessary home repairs, packing dates, final cleaning and the moving truck’s arrival. Your calendar will help you stay on top of your move instead of feeling overwhelmed.

Keep essential packing supplies together and within reach: boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, newspaper, tissue, tape, scissors and a tape measure. Hire furniture removalists for hassle free relocation services.

Determine what goes. The items used least frequently can be stowed during the sale and move process to make your current home visually lighter for showing.

When making the enormous decision to move from one home to the next, many people don’t realize that they have also signed up to make countless choices, small and big. Deciding on travel arrangements for you and your pets, transferring memberships, filling out IRS and post office forms, transporting your house and garden plants-the list is endless! May is National Moving Month and marks the beginning of a four-month period in which more than half of Americans relocate their homes.

Pack according to your destination rooms, not according to where things are kept in your current home. This will result in a smoother unpacking experience.

Use Glad ForceFlex trash bags, which stretch to handle overstuffing, to pack clothing, pillows, sleeping bags, holiday items and stuffed animals-it’s a great way to conserve boxes that can be used to transport breakable or heavy items.