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One of the many things you need to do – and do right – for a move is packing. Before you pack your items, you have to sort through them first and decide which ones will stay and which will go. And then the process of packing can begin – but how do you make sure that you are packing everything correctly and that you are not wasting precious time and materials? You may already have a basic idea of how to pack, but you may be making some errors in the process as well. Are you packing for a move? Here’s a list of the top packing errors you should avoid.
- Not packing for the next few days
You have probably heard of the necessity of packing an overnight bag for your essentials, such as clothing, toiletries, and the like, for the first night of your move. But whilst an overnight bag is a requirement, don’t forget to pack for the next few days as well. Chances are, you won’t be finished unpacking all your things on the first day– it may take a few days, even weeks. You want to think about all the things you need at this time and consider some add-ons such as a first aid kit, towels, toilet paper, and whatever else you may require before you truly get settled.
- Not having a plan in advance
When you pack, you need to be proactive, as suggested by the renowned Cheltenham removals firm Advanced Removals & Storage. Being proactive and having a definite plan will make the entire process smoother. First, think about your new home. Where will each of your items go? Where would you like to place or store items such as dishes, bed linen, winter clothing, and sports equipment? By determining all this ahead of time, you will know precisely where each box should go instead of placing them all in one room and then going through them later.
- Overloading your moving boxes
One of the most significant errors you can make when packing is to overload your moving boxes. Yes, it may be a good idea to cram each box to the brim, but if you put too many items in one box, you may have a hard time closing or sealing it and carrying it. This is particularly true for heavy things such as books and magazines – always use smaller boxes for these as they are already heavy enough in themselves.
- Not packing your delicate items and breakables correctly
Packing delicate items and breakables can be challenging, but you can virtually eliminate risk by doing it the right way. For instance, place plates vertically rather than horizontally; this can reduce the likelihood of damage if the box falls. Use a lot of cushioning for delicate and breakable items– in other words, don’t be stingy with the bubble wrap and packing paper. The point to remember is this: as long as one glass piece doesn’t touch another directly, you’ll do fine, and make sure to fill the box’s spaces with crushed packing paper, packing peanuts, or even bed linen or towels.
- Forgetting to do a final run-through
It may be easy to become caught up with various things during moving day, but here’s one thing you shouldn’t forget: a final run-through of your home. Go through your entire home and check if there is anything you have forgotten; make sure to check the inside of your washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven as well.