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How to Start Packing

Posted: August 7, 2023
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Figuring out when to start packing can get overwhelming because you’re not sure where to begin, or what to pack first, and you own many items. Luckily, if you break it down room by room and work on it a little bit here and there, it won’t seem so bad. 

Packing won’t take one night or one day, so you shouldn’t get frustrated if your packing takes one week, two weeks, or a little bit longer to complete.

What’s First When I Start Packing?

You should pack non-seasonal items, such as decorations, first. You also should pack anything you don’t use daily as well. As you get closer to your move-in day, you can begin packing more and more of your daily items. 

After you figure out what furniture you’re bringing to your new home, see whether you can pack any furniture items. You can disassemble furniture items, make sure any nails and screws are stored in a dedicated bag and taped to the furniture or in a parts box (see below for more details) to keep in a safe place. 

What’s a Parts Box? 

Many people have different uses for a parts box, but a parts box is mainly where you keep all your parts needed to assemble every furniture piece together when you move into your new home. It also can contain a screwdriver, drill, tape, screws, and instruction manuals. Some people keep their packing checklist in this box as well. 

Do I Need a Day of Bag?

Everyone will have a different situation on whether they need a day of packed bag, but it’s usually better to be safe than sorry, especially if you’re moving out of state. It’s important this bag stays with you and doesn’t get loaded. To avoid that, keep your day of packed bag somewhere away from the other boxes being loaded.

Some More Packing Tips

Below is a list of some more helpful packing tips to keep in mind when you get started packing. 

  • Keep boxes under 50 pounds 
  • When packing put heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top of the box 
  • Books, movies, and video games should be put into smaller boxes 
  • Pack heavier items in suitcases 
  • Keep clothes on hangers 
  • Tape dresser drawers shut if they’re holding lighter items 

When I Start Packing, Do I Need to Label Boxes?

Yes, you’ll want to label boxes and label them clearly. It’ll be easier for the movers to put your boxes in the correct room if they’re labeled properly. 

Additionally, you’ll want to be descriptive with your boxes. It won’t be helpful if you label your five kitchen boxes all “kitchen.” Along with writing kitchen, you should also write what the contents are inside of the box, such as pots and pans, dishes, or utensils. This will save you many headaches down the road. 

If items are fragile inside your boxes, write fragile on the outside of your boxes and point the arrow up for which side should be on top. 

Moving Help® Does Packing Right 

Sometimes the hardest part about packing is to figure out what to start packing first. Once you figure it out — along with a good packing system — packing won’t seem like an impossible task to complete. 

If you need help packing or want an extra set of hands for a couple of hours, Moving Help has plenty of moving labor on the Moving Help Marketplace who can help you pack your belongings.