Protect Your Belongings – Moving in Winter Season

Protect Your Belongings – Moving in Winter Season

Relocating in winter can get quite – messy. Snowy weather brings a lot of dirt, moisture, and unpredictable conditions. Imagine getting your boxes onto snowy, damp surfaces and damaging your belongings inside. It’s a nightmare, isn’t it? Fortunately, there are ways to go past it if you take the right steps. How to pack and relocate your belongings so they are safe from winter conditions? Here are some pieces of advice. Check Weather Conditions in Advance Winter weather can cause you many issues, and that’s why you want to be extra careful with it. To plan accordingly, stay updated about the weather on your moving day. If you are going to face some heavy snow or icy rain, get prepared to be careful while carrying furniture and boxes back and forth. Protect Your Belongings Sometimes you cannot get around using cardboard boxes, and that is fine. But, if you are carrying them around in snowy weather, make sure not to put them on damp surfaces. Also, watch your step and make sure you get out of your movers’ way when needed. Use Plastic Boxes Plastic crates will be a great solution to protect your belongings from harsh weather conditions. They are sealable, waterproof, and much sturdier than your regular cardboard boxes hence it will be much easier to handle them in damp and cold weather. When you know how to pack boxes correctly, using sturdy and safe boxes will make the job that much...
Packing Tips for Space Management & Smart Solutions

Packing Tips for Space Management & Smart Solutions

Are you dreading the thought of packing for a move? Hopefully, you aren’t, because it doesn’t have to feel that bad. Yes, we do know that packing takes the most of our time and energy while preparing for relocation, especially when you think about the huge number of boxes you will deal with. You need to know how to pack your bathroom, kitchen, etc., how to label all those boxes, and it gets tiring. Fortunately, there are practical ways to save space while packing. Yes, you can pack so effectively to use less space. Here are some handy packing hacks to minimize the number of boxes. Roll Your Clothes Folding all your clothes nicely and placing them into your plastic boxes (or cardboard ones) is not the best idea because it wastes so much space. Did you know that rolling your clothes uses less space? Another mind-blowing fact is that, when rolled, your clothes will probably get less wrinkled. Vacuum Bags This is a marvelous space saver, too. Not only will it shrink the volume of puffy jackets, blankets, covers, etc. saving a ton of space, but it will also save the freshness of those items that end up in the vacuum bag. Wardrobe Boxes When you can pack all your clothes while on hangers, you will save a lot of space and time. The reason is simple – not only you can easily put all your clothes on the hangers in those specialized boxes, but you can also utilize the space that is left under those hanging clothes. Two birds with one stone! Suitcases for Books This is...
Packing Winter Clothes for Relocation

Packing Winter Clothes for Relocation

Winter is here! We don’t mind the winter joys and we do love the holidays, but when it comes to winter clothes, we don’t necessarily like packing them for relocation. Packing clothes can be quite a daunting task altogether, but where should we start when we have lots of winter coats, bulky sweaters, jackets, etc. to pack up? The biggest challenge here is the space and how to “squeeze” everything in. Wondering how to pack all your massive winter clothes for a move? Here are some useful tips to pack it all up like a pro. Declutter – Get Rid of Excess Depending on where you are relocating, you will need more or fewer winter clothes. There are always going to be some garments you won’t need and that’s when you should either sell or donate them. Go through all your winter pieces, decide what stays and what goes, and happily reduce your pile. You Will Need Big Boxes We have already mentioned how much space your winter clothes will take. Also, fortunately, all those garments are not difficult to pack up. You can use big plastic boxes to pack it up, or even cardboard boxes as they won’t get too heavy. Winter Clothes are Not Fragile One of the advantages of those bulky clothing pieces is that they are not fragile and can get easily folded, rolled, and placed inside the boxes. You can even use vacuum bags to save up on space and preserve the freshness of the...
Packing a Bicycle – What to Do

Packing a Bicycle – What to Do

If you are passionate about cycling, your two-wheeled friend is of the essence and will go with you wherever you relocate. If you are moving long-distance and don’t want to sell or give a bicycle away, you will have to pack it. But, how can you do it properly? Yes, you can successfully pack and protect your bicycle when you relocate. Let’s check out how to pack and transport it in perfect condition. Prep the Packing Materials and Tools When you are relocating a bicycle and need to pack it properly for transport, you will need different packing supplies. Some of the materials will be the standard packing materials – like a cardboard box or wrapping paper – and some will be unique to the bicycle, such as foam protectors, fork protectors, etc. You will also need tools for partial disassembly of the bicycle, such as a couple of wrenches (hex, torque, and pedal ones) and pliers. Clean Your Bike Before you take your bike apart and start packing, it needs to be clean. You don’t want to relocate all that dirt to your new location so give it a good wash. Also, while you’re cleaning it, give it a thorough check for possible damage or where it’s worn off. That’s how you can fix or replace it before you leave. Partial Disassembling and Packing You can detach the seat, remove the pedals, the front wheel, the handles – basically, all the parts that can be removed and packed. When you’re left only with the bike frame, put it in the designated box. You can also find packing tips...
Quick Guide to Packing Dishes for Relocation

Quick Guide to Packing Dishes for Relocation

If you are searching for ways to pack dishes for relocation, it probably means you already started packing room by room. Packing in itself is a demanding task, but dishes require an additional amount of care since they are fragile. How to successfully pack dishes for relocation? Here are some quick tips to help you protect, pack, and label your kitchen items. Reinforce, Pad, Place With all the fragile dishes, the essential thing is padding. You will need bubble wrap, packing paper and peanuts, and other cushioning, depending on your preference. If you are using cardboard boxes, make sure to reinforce them, even if they are new. Plastic boxes usually don’t need reinforcing as they are much sturdier. After you pad the dishes and make sure the box is strong, place the dishes and use the packing paper. The more fragile dishes there are, the more cushioning. Stack, Repeat, Label When you are stacking your dishes, especially the plates, always make sure they are properly insulated with adequate materials – bubble wrap, towels, paper, or whatever you chose. Fill the gaps in the box so its content is secured, but never over-pack. With kitchen items, especially dishes, make sure to label it on multiple sides so both you and the movers know you are handling fragile items. Good...
Packing without Bubble Wrap – is it Possible?

Packing without Bubble Wrap – is it Possible?

When you are about to pack anything that is even remotely fragile, your first thought might be to smother the item in bubble wrap. But, are there ways to avoid the bubble wrap and pack more sustainably? There surely are ways to use less plastic and still protect your fragile items. How to pack and protect your delicate items for a move and not use bubble wrap? Here are alternative (and budget) ways to do so. Use Towels or Blankets These pieces of fabric can provide some solid padding. Besides that, using blankets or towels you already own will help you save up on buying packing materials. One thing you should remember, though, is that the packed items will weigh more than with bubble wrap. Socks As weird as it may sound, socks can offer great protection for glasses and other fragile figurines inside the box. Also, it’s a smart way to refrain from packing peanuts and bubble wrap. Old Newspapers If you need packing material that fills up the space, newspapers will do a great job at that. If you find some old newspapers and magazines while decluttering, you can use them to secure the items inside your cardboard or plastic boxes. When is Bubble Wrap Necessary? In some cases, you might not be able to avoid bubble wrap, especially for very fragile or expensive items that are difficult to protect with DIY options at hand. In those cases, make sure to be smart with buying it, or even try to get it for free. You can ask friends, family or neighbors, or even contact some stores and...