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How to Pack Boxes Correctly

How to Pack Boxes Correctly

If you are about to relocate your home or office, that is surely a happy occasion. Pop open your champagne (or a beer can, or a water bottle, whatever you like) for this! But, even though you might feel happy and excited about the change, there might be a lot of work you’re about to do. Packing is one of the components of the relocation that might take the most time. So, how to tackle it? When you know how to pack your boxes properly and establish a little system, the relocation will go smoothly. Here are some tips to pack your boxes easily. Use the Correct Size Depending on the items that go into the boxes, make sure to pick the correct size and material. You should be able to fit the item into the box so it doesn’t fit too loosely. Packing materials like packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or packing paper can also help. If you don’t want to spend too much on those packing materials, you can always DIY it with your towels, old magazine pages, etc. Boxes of Sturdy Material The material of the boxes can be crucial as well. If you use plastic boxes for some belongings that need additional protection, you can be sure the weather conditions or the weight won’t distort the box and damage the items. Especially if you are packing for storage, you can be sure that plastic crates are the way to go. Pack Heavy to Light Whether you use plastic or cardboard boxes, make sure to put the heaviest items at the bottom. That’s how you will create...
Box Guide – Types of Moving Boxes

Box Guide – Types of Moving Boxes

When one pictures a box, their mind immediately goes to a typical, cardboard box image since that used to be the most common thing we could see. Nowadays, things have changed quite a bit, and we have a huge array of boxes, especially when it comes to moving. They come in different shapes and sizes, as well as materials. Besides the difference between cardboard and plastic boxes for moving, what are the other types? Let’s check them out together. Medium-Sized Boxes In boxes like these, you can store a variety of items, but they are best suited for heavy items such as books or other pieces with more weight to them. Large Boxes You can store so many different items in your large boxes such as toys, pans, and pots, or even small appliances. For bulkier items, you can find even an extra-large box size. Wardrobe Boxes These massive boxes are intended for your clothes as they have incorporated hangers. They make the wardrobe packing process so much easier since you can easily transfer your clothes from one closet to another. How to Choose the Right Boxes? Choosing the right boxes (and the boxes or a certain material, be it cardboard or plastic) depends on your individual needs, preferences, and the number of items you are dealing with. Make sure to arm yourself with durable, stackable crates that are easy to work with. That’s how you will be able to pack for relocation...
Packing Tricks to Relocate Stress-Free

Packing Tricks to Relocate Stress-Free

Everybody approaches packing as a chore, it seems. We understand why you might feel like it’s tedious and something you would like to procrastinate on, but when approached properly, packing doesn’t have to cause you stress. Whatever you do, whether it’s looking at how to pack a garage or bedroom, you can make it stress-free. Since packing before the relocation is a must, there must be ways to make it a comfortable experience. Here is how to pack without stress. Start Right after Setting Moving Date Usually, we get that initial motivation and urge to do something in the early stages of the relocation and, as time goes by, the less we do, the less we feel like starting in the first place. That’s why you should utilize that initial enthusiasm and start as soon as you set the moving date. Start With Cleaning Storage Sometimes, we don’t even realize how much stuff we have lying around. If you start with purging, the packing will become a much more pleasant experience once you realize you’re getting rid of old items you forgot you had. Pack Rooms and Things You Don’t Use If you have a guest room, for example, you can pack it up first because you don’t need it. The same goes with clothes from the opposite seasons of which you are in and other items you don’t need at the moment. Use Good-Quality Boxes It can be quite unnerving to make an effort and pack the items into a box – and then the box falls apart. Since cardboard (not necessarily, but sometimes) can betray you, go...
How to Choose the Right Boxes for Packing

How to Choose the Right Boxes for Packing

To transport our belongings the right way and keep them safe and in one piece during the relocation, we need appropriate boxes. We can choose between a variety of cardboard and plastic boxes for moving, but which ones would fit the best? Most likely is that you would find all of them useful. Let’s see which boxes to use for which items and how. Plastic is More Durable When you are on the cautious side, it pays off in the long run. If you want to be safe with the choice of boxes and not think about the items that possibly need long-term storage or some heavier or more fragile items. Plastic crates are easily stackable, less susceptible to breakage, and have an impenetrable barrier for moisture and liquid. Cardboard is Cheap and Easy Most of us would opt for at least a few cardboard boxes for multiple reasons, one of them being the fact that we probably already have some cardboard boxes lying around in our homes. These boxes are cheaper, easy to get, and can help you relocate for sure. However, being careful is of the essence as these boxes can fall apart if moisture reaches them, can’t handle items that are too heavy, and you have to be careful while stacking them in the moving truck. Mix and Match Depending on your budget, beliefs, and comfort, you can opt for either only plastic or only cardboard. However, you can achieve balance by mixing them. Use cardboard boxes for lighter items and the ones you know you will unpack (as well as original boxes of the appliances),...
Packing Timeline – How Long Does it Take?

Packing Timeline – How Long Does it Take?

Relocation has many segments – finding the right moving company, organizing the details around the moving day, transferring utilities, decluttering, finding packing supplies, packing, unpacking – the list seems like it has no end. Of course, the action that takes the most time is the packing process. You have to pack when you don’t feel like it, but getting it done is of the essence. You must wonder how long it takes to pack a house or an apartment. Let’s quickly guide you through the length of the packing process. Exclude the Stress and Rush Let’s imagine you won’t have to pack like crazy and cause yourself some packing anxiety, trying to do as much as possible in little time. We recommend you start as soon as possible. You will be so much more relieved the sooner you start.Also, make sure to pick the right moving boxes made of plastic. Choose a durable material and prepare all the packing supplies you need – even the DIY ones, if that’s your pick. Packing Time by Size of House/Apartment Packing time can vary by many factors, but if you do it without rush and give yourself enough time, it can look like this: Four-bedroom apartment/house – over 40 hours of packingThree-bedroom apartment/house – around 20 hoursTwo-bedroom apartment/house – 15 to 20 hoursStudio or one-bedroom apartment – 10 to 15 hours This packing time will vary according to your organizational capabilities, but you can do it comfortably within this timeframe. It will be up to you how you can schedule it alongside your work and daily duties. Good...
Best Tips to Start Packing When You Don’t Feel Like It

Best Tips to Start Packing When You Don’t Feel Like It

The art of the start is a tough one to master, honestly. Somehow, the art of procrastination always seems to get the best of us. But, what to do when you are about pack up for a relocation? In that case, procrastination might mean chaos. You can get so overwhelmed by all the work you haven’t done that you get flooded by anxiety. And who would want that? But, how to make yourself pack when you don’t feel like it? You can hack your mind to pack for relocation, even when you are not in the mood for it. Here is how to beat procrastination. Start With Anything Many people feel like they should start with a certain area of their home or certain items, or until after they declutter. If you’re having issues with starting, it’s important to just get on with it, whether it’s packing your bedroom, packing the off-season shoes, or anything else. Start Earlier Than Early Some people schedule relocation and feel an immediate impulse to start packing, but they ignore it because “there will be more time.” Later, when it’s really time to pack, they start procrastinating. That’s why our favorite tip is not to ignore the initial impulse. Start immediately. That’s why, when it gets harder to stay motivated, it is easier to continue than to start. Get Good-Quality Boxes When you are surrounded by some flimsy and weak boxes, you won’t feel like packing. The sooner you get some good, plastic crates and boxes for packing, the more enjoyable experience it will be to put your things in them. Avoid Remembering “The...
Packing with a Timer – Does it Help?

Packing with a Timer – Does it Help?

Are you one of those who get packing anxiety when you think about it? Yes, packing all your belongings into boxes seems like a huge deal and it might make you feel like you bit more than you can chew. However, if broken down into smaller pieces, even packing a four-bedroom house can be done very efficiently and rather fast. But, how to make ourselves be productive and pack efficiently in the world of distractions? Let’s check how and why you should time yourself while packing. Because it makes it more doable When you think of the task of packing up your house in its entirety, it will seem like too much. But, when you break it down into smaller tasks – or even think only of the one task that is in front of you – it gets much, much easier. You don’t want to think about hours and hours you will spend labeling and packing up all these cardboard and plastic boxes. Think about that one hour you will set on your timer for the day, or even better, the first couple of minutes when you start. Because it will help you avoid procrastination If you set the timer for an hour (or even less than that) and dedicate that time only to focused packing, you probably won’t get distracted. You will know that you have that time dedicated to only doing that, and once you finish, you can go on with the rest of your day. Or, if you get really inspired, you can stay and do more than planned, but even if you don’t, you...
Packing can be Fun – Here is How

Packing can be Fun – Here is How

For most people, packing sounds like the opposite of fun. Sorting out your items, putting everything into your cardboard and plastic boxes, and labeling doesn’t really scream “party,” don’t they? But don’t worry – you can make packing exciting and fun. Here are tips and tricks to make your sorting and packing process an enjoyable experience. Turn Up That Music If you have an appropriate soundtrack for your packing endeavors, even hanging out with your boxes can be an enjoyable thing. What music makes you move? What songs empower you and give you that much-needed energy? Make your winning playlist and get to work. Make Packing a Workout If you are doing all that physical work, add in some real squats and pushups in the mix. It can be a weighted squat if you are holding a full, labeled box in your hands. We can use any opportunity for a healthy workout. Treat Yourself When you know how to pack your kitchen and do a good job, a reward should follow. Never forget to congratulate yourself for a job well done – order some nice takeout, make a cocktail (maybe in a plastic cup because all your fancy glassware is packed). Do whatever makes you happy. Evoke Good Memories Moving out is surely the time to celebrate all the good moments in that location you are about to leave. Of course, being excited for what is to come is essential, and you can strengthen it by remembering all the good times. Be grateful and go on a trip down that memory lane. Remember all the moments you laughed and...
Packing & Anxiety – How to Cope

Packing & Anxiety – How to Cope

Relocating is surely an exciting process, but can get you pretty anxious when you have to pack up your huge home into so many boxes. How can you pack boxes correctly and organize your relocation, but not get too stressed and anxious about everything? Here are tips to help you ease stress. Make Plans and Lists The chaos will seem bigger and bigger in your head until you put it on paper and organize it. Even though some find them overrated, lists provide so much help with sorting out the jumbled mess in your head. Write all the tasks down; make a list of costs; make an inventory of your belongings. Planning and writing down are your friends. Start Packing Early Only one thing is worse than the initial anxiety over relocation – anxiety, and stress when you realize you are late with packing and organizing, and the moving day is approaching. Trust us, the earlier you start, the happier you will feel. Use Good-Quality Boxes Nothing can stress you out as the fear of damaging your precious belongings, something you’ve been cherishing and keeping for years. There is no reason to fear destroying the items when you can protect them in good-quality boxes. If you use sturdy plastic boxes, you won’t have to stress over damage or crushing the items. Ask for Help We understand if you are one of those people who want to do everything by themselves – but relocation is the right time to ask for help. You don’t have to do everything on your own. On the contrary, it is recommended to have someone...
Basic Packing Supplies For Perfect Move

Basic Packing Supplies For Perfect Move

The right moving supplies can improve the speed and quality of your move preparations quite a bit. Whether you are DIYing your relocation or getting all the packing materials, it doesn’t matter – some of these packing supplies will surely be a must. With the right preparation for packing and good packing materials, your move can get much easier. So, what do you need? Packing Boxes Whether they are big or small, plastic boxes or cardboard versions, you will need at least some boxes to pack some items, especially the ones that need extra care. If you get different box sizes, pack heavier items in the smaller ones, and the lighter items in the bigger boxes. Labeling Materials Labeling will be one of the crucial points of packing since you will sort your things much easier in a new location. Depending on your preference, you can choose labeling markers or stickers. Cushioning Items Whether those are foam wrapping sheets or bubble wrap, cushioning supplies are of the essence for packing fragile items like dishes, figurines, etc. Packing Tape If there is anything you will need for relocation, it will be packing tape. Even if you DIY the rest of the packing supplies, make sure to buy more packing tape than you think you need. Also, don’t buy the cheapest one since you need something with better sticking power. Packing Rope If you don’t want your items and furniture shifting around, investing in a rope or a cargo strap is a smart idea. You will need a thicker strap or rope to keep your furniture secured, but not break it...
How to Pack Candles for Relocation

How to Pack Candles for Relocation

When we are relocating, packing is one of our major tasks, and it’s quite easy to prioritize items for packing. It’s crucial to know how to pack your kitchen or how to pack clothes, but who does ever think about candles? If you are all about setting your mood and have a candle collection you are proud of, you have to know how to pack them safely for transport. You want to protect and preserve your candles, which is easy if you know how. How will the candles withstand high temperatures? Can the wax melt? Will the candles get damaged during the move? Let’s see how to pack and move candles. Choose Appropriate Boxes The boxes that you use for candles should be big enough to store your candle collection in them, but not too big. You don’t want too much empty space, and this doesn’t apply only to candles, but to the other items as well. Also, the quality of the boxes makes a big difference. If you choose durable plastic boxes, your candles will be well-protected in them. Candle Packing Hacks The candles’ original packaging will do a great job protecting them if you still have it. If you don’t, fear not. Make sure to wrap them individually, whether they are votive or skinny candles. That’s how you will protect them from melting. Use Packing Paper or Old Towels/Linen If you are DIY-ing the wrapping, make sure to use the old towels and the linen since the candles can make a mess. Packing paper can be of great help before you wrap candles in towels or rags....