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Stress Free Packing | Hercules Movers Inc | NJ Movers

The ultimate stress-free packing experience would be one offered by your moving company, for sure.  Hire them, bring them in, and they pack for you… But 99% of the time, this is not the case.  Most people run out, buy their boxes, and get to packing up their stuff.  Besides, only you know the more valuable, sentimental, and cherished items from the others.  Me, I am a bit obsessive-compulsive, so I would want to pack everything myself the way that I want to.  Besides, after moving no less than eight times in my life, I think I’ve become pretty good at it…  But, prior to packing “everything” for a move, there are things you should do to make your pack more “stress-free.”

Organize and Get Rid of Stuff

Trust me.  Decluttering your home and getting rid of the items you really don’t need will make your life easier.  Example:

  • The 12-year-old pillows on your couch with worn covers that you bought when you were in college.
  • The old blender you replaced with a Ninja or Vitamix
  • The old pair of sneakers that have been sitting in the back of your closet
  • The old lawn furniture that may not be right in the back yard or has about had it due to using over the years,

Really, making the decision to get rid of items will literally liberate you and make you less stressed about how you may get items to your new home, increased costs, and or whether or not items may be the right fit for the new space.

Get rid of anything broken that cannot be repaired you do not need.  Sell stuff on Offer Up, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace, to recoup a little cash for your moving costs…

Overdo the Packing Supplies

Seriously.  Again, I have done this enough to know, you never, ever, buy enough boxes, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, etc. the first time you bring them home.  You will almost always go back to the store to purchase more of them.  If you think you need 5 boxes, buy seven.  If you think one roll of packing tape is enough, buy two, etc.  It doesn’t matter if you have extras.  You may use them for storage at your new home for the attic or basement, or you can turn around and sell them.  Someone will buy them because of the sheer number of people that are looking for moving supplies at any given time.

Don’t standardize on one size box either, especially large boxes.  Do you know how heavy an extra-large box of kitchen supplies can be?  Will that box be safe?  Get smaller boxes for different packing options.

Buy more than you think you’ll need.  Trust me on this one…

Get Organized…

Yes, you heard it.  This is critical to helping you minimize the stress of packing and having a deadline to move. The more organized you can become early in the process, the less stress you will endure.  Here are a few tips to getting organized….

  • Label your boxes before you start and put them in their designated rooms.
  • Color-code each box in each room or label them for breakables
  • Create an inventory per room that you want to pack and a list of items you wish to get rid of.
  • Use a spreadsheet to keep track of boxes and belongings, by numbering each box for each row or column in the spreadsheet.

Get creative to make your life easier going into the process and at the exit of the process when you are unpacking.

Research “How to Pack”

You might find it silly, but there are literally hundreds, and maybe thousands of videos on YouTube for how to pack belongings, your kitchen, etc. that will make your life more efficient in the process of packing.  Click this link and you’ll learn more in just a few short minutes:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+pack+for+moving.  Don’t know how to pack your shoes, there’s a video for that.

One bit of advice we can give is that you should start the process no less than a month or more in advance… If you know you are moving in 90 days, start offloading the items you do not want to bring with you, selling them, disposing of them, or giving them away.  Once you have done that, you’ll be able to assess what you will “need” to be packing up.  Start packing 30 days ahead of time.  Why a month and not a couple weeks.  From experience the following may affect your packing:

  • Work schedule,
  • Holidays & family obligations
  • Budget
  • Weather
  • Car problems
  • Health issues

The list can go on.  You want to give yourself ample time to pack to keep yourself from being stressed out.

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If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here:  https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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You went to the Home Depot, you bought the boxes, plastic, moving blankets, peanuts (Those messy get everywhere under everything styrofoam peanuts), and had to go back again because you didn’t buy enough boxes for the move, three times…  Everyone does this.  Everyone stacks up on way too many newspapers just to crumple them into balls to use them for packing… What to do?

It’s easy to overwhelm yourself with packing, especially when you waited until the last minute to start packing. But once your packed and the movers have loaded everything onto their truck, got it to your new home, and unloaded it all over your new place, where the heck do you start?  The bedroom, bath, kitchen?  It again can be a little overwhelming… 

Here are a few do’s and don’ts for unpacking your new home once it’s all been unloaded… 

The Essentials

This is really where you should start… This may be the box you didn’t want the movers to move in fear of getting lost.  It may contain:

  • Any medications that are critical to you
  • Toiletries.  You know, Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, towel, washcloth, hairbrush, blah, blah, blah
  • Maybe some canned food or soup for dinner that evening
  • Anything you may need in the first 24 – 48 hours of your move to your new home.

Your Kitchen

This should likely be the first area of the home you unpack after you set up your essentials.  Some may say the bedroom, depending on the time of day, but we suggest the kitchen.  Besides, you’ll need it in the morning for breakfast anyway.  

Get your appliances in place on the counter, like your toaster oven, coffee maker, etc.  This will put you at ease and also give you a quick feeling of accomplishment and normalcy before you continue embarking on your unpacking journey.

Once you have some of the kitchen unpacked, kick back and relax for a few minutes.  It typically isn’t a race to get your home in order once you have just moved in.  Make no mistake, everyone wants their new place in order.  However, too many open boxes, a mess of bubble wrap, newspaper, and peanuts, and the stress level can mount when there is still only a little place to move about in your new home.  You may be better off ensuring the right boxes are in the right rooms and start prioritizing your task list.

Things to Avoid While Unpacking Your New Home

Bulky Furniture

That dining room table with the legs off of it, or other pieces of furniture from Target, Ikea, etc you’re adding to your furniture collection that is going to take up a bit of space can be a pain in the neck to assemble or reassemble.  You should think about how you want it situated in the room and where specifically before you assemble it so that when you go to move it, it is a simpler task than moving it three rooms away.  

Don’t Take On Too Much

In the past, it’s taken me as long as 90 days to unpack my new residence.  You don’t have to do it all in a weekend.  If you have a spare bedroom, it can wait.  Trust me… If you have a full-time job, the basement can wait… 

While unpacking everything at once and ending your move with a pristine looking home, may make you feel good, the very act of making that happy can stress you at.  It’s normal to want it done, and it’s normal to just sit on the couch and relax knowing it’s finished.  However, there’s no fast rule that says you have to do it all at once. 

Unpacking all at once also does not give you the opportunity to reevaluate whether or not you really need that thing that is coming out of the box, if you’ve lived without it for a week, a month, or even a year.  We still have boxes in the attic and garage that have not been unpacked from a move six (6) years ago.  They have to go this spring…

Chill out a little during the process of unpacking… You may just find you enjoy the process more.

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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Moving from one home to another, no matter how long or short the distance of the move is can be very stressful. The whole process of house hunting, packing, unpacking, and settling is very stressful. Moving is on the top ten list of most stressful event s a person goes through.

It is an accepted fact that moving is a stressful event. However, moving is also as expensive as it is stressful. Apart from the new home, you are paying for the many packing supplies you have to buy and that is not even the cost of moving your belongings. A lot of money goes into the whole process of moving.  Because you’ll need to spend a lot of money, it is important for you to be on a budget and save cost as much as possible.

Packing is arranging your belongings for a move. Packing is a major aspect of your moving process regardless of where you are moving to. You need to pack properly and keep track of your belongings. Nobody wants to be in a new home and discover that they are missing an important item or that your things were damaged in transit.

Because packing is very stressful, there are a lot of tips on how to pack properly to ensure the safety of your items during the moving process. However, many of these tips will cost you a lot of money. Moving is expensive and an expensive part of moving is packing. There are however a lot of cost-effective ways to pack for your move. These cost-effective ways will save you money that would have been spent on packing while protecting your belongings at the same time. We have outlined a couple of cost-effective ways that you can utilize for your move.

  1. Declutter

This is the first step you need to take when you are about to move. Before you start packing, it is very important for you to take time out to go through your belongings and declutter. Decide the things you need to move with and the things you do not need. There are different ways of getting rid of the things you do not need to move with. You can have a yard sale; you can donate them to charity or even throw some away. Reducing the things you need to move with automatically reduces the cost of moving especially where you are hiring a moving company. If you do not do this before packing, you will end up moving unnecessary items and spending unnecessary money moving them.

  1. Make use of plastic boxes

Moving boxes are the major packing item anyone has to buy. The popular moving boxes are cardboard boxes and even though they can be very durable, you might end up throwing them away after your move. Some of them will even get damaged during your move. One way to save you the cost of moving boxes is to rent plastic moving boxes. There are moving companies that rent out plastic boxes to movers. All you need to do is to return the boxes after your move. They might even have an arrangement for picking up the boxes. This is a very cost-effective moving tip and will save you lots of money considering all the boxes you’ll need to pack your moving items.

  1. Use all your containers

When packing, people tend to pack their containers – hampers, baskets, and boxes – empty. Utilize these containers. Do not pack them empty because they will just occupy space. Fill them with other things you need to move with before you pack them.

  1. Minimize the moving supplies you need to buy

As stated above, you can decide to rent instead of buying. However, before renting, it is also important for you to make use of items you already have. You can use your suitcases to move your clothes and certain delicate items. In addition to that, you can use your towels and soft clothing to wrap delicate items instead of buying bubble wraps and moving papers.

Make use of balloons in the place of air pillows. This saves you money while doing just what you need it to do – protects your belongings. Balloons even have an advantage – they come in different shapes and you get to control the size to suit the box you need to place it in.

You can also use shredded paper as cushioning material to protect your fragile items. This will replace the need for you to buy packing peanuts or packing papers. Shredded paper works well to fill the spaces in your moving boxes thus protecting your items.

If you own liquor boxes, you can use them to move your delicate items such as plates. These boxes are strong and specially built to carry delicate items. They even come with handles which make it so much easier when you have to carry them. Ensure to go through your things to find if you have supplies from your last move. Also, ask friends and family to get free moving supplies. They might have moving supplies from previous moves.

  1. Sell large items

Another cost effect tip for packing is for you to sell your large items and electronics. Selling your large items is especially important where the home you are moving to is in another state or another country. When you compare the cost of moving to the cost of purchasing a new one, it is more economical to sell the one you have and buy another one when you get to your new home. It is not a good financial decision to move large items like your refrigerators, gas cooker, and washing machine across the country. There are various apps and websites available for you to sell these items.

All these tips will definitely help you save costs when you are packing. Do whatever you need to avoid buying moving supplies that are not essential for your move.


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Moving can be very stressful especially because of all the packing you have to do. A lot of mental and physical strength goes into packing. When you need to move, shoes are part of the items that can be tricky to pack.  Maybe because they appear strong but need special care for moving or because they come in different shapes and sizes and you will need to put that into consideration when packing them. You must however move with your shoes and so you need to pack them properly to prevent any form of damage.

Packing shoes requires a bit of tact and of course a bit of your time. You need to take special care as you would with any other delicate item you need to pack for a move. Take out time to pack your shoes properly and look for tips to help you pack your shoes properly. These tips will help you pack your shoes properly.

  1. Sort out your shoes

For any item you have to move, you need to sort it out and determine the ones you need to move with and the ones you should get rid of. The same rule applies to your shoes. A lot of people keep shoes that they have not worn in years. Chances are you are one of them. So, sort them out then determine how to get rid of them. You can sell them to make money. You’ll need a lot of money for your moving process. Have a yard sale or try using websites or apps available for selling used items. If you are not able to sell them, then you can donate them to charity or to family and friends. You can also recycle the shoes instead of just throwing them in the trash. Just make sure you move with only essentials.

  1. Have your packing supplies

There are certain supplies you need to move your shoes. You’ll need to get them. Use large strong boxes, socks to stuff the shoes, packing papers, markers, and packing tapes.

  1. Clean the shoes

Generally, when you have to move anything, it makes sense to clean it. You should not get to your new house and have to unpack dirty things. Cleaning things from your old house should not be part of your settling in the plan. It is important to clean your shoes before you move. Ensure that the shoes are not damp before you pack them. If they are not dry before you pack them, mold might develop on the shoes while they are being moved.

  1. Keep your shoes fresh

After cleaning your shoes, you can also air-dry them and then spray the shoes with antibacterial spray or use alcohol to rub the shoes before packing them. You can also place unused tea bags inside the shoes before packing them. You should do this before stuffing the shoes with materials. Attach the unused teabags to the material and place it in the shoe or place the teabag in the shoe before placing the material for stuffing inside the shoe. These things help to keep your shoes fresh when you are ready to unpack them in your new home.

  1. Stuff the shoes

To help protect your shoes during the move, you will need to stuff each shoe with socks or any soft material. This will protect your shoes and prevent smashing during the move. If you don’t have socks to use or you cannot use any material, then you have the option of using packing papers or plastic wraps. This helps to keep your shoes in their natural shape. After stuffing the shoes, you may wish to wrap each shoe with wrapping paper for further protection.

  1. Group your shoes by type

Go through your shoes and sort them according to their category, type, and size. This will help make packing the shoes easier. Packing shoes according to size is a good plan because it makes sense for you to put shoes of the same size in the same box. Putting big shoes on top of small shoes might damage the small shoes. If you have to put all the shoes in the same box, ensure to put the big shoes at the bottom of the box and the small ones on top.

  1. Wrap the shoes

When you need to place the shoes in the box, you can wrap the shoes with either moving papers or bubble wrap. When wrapping the shoes, take special care in wrapping shoes with heels and buckles. Do not use plastic bags to wrap your shoes. Plastic bags can rip off during the process of moving the shoes.

  1. Tie sneakers together by their laces

For sneakers, keep pairs together by tying their laces together. This way, you might not need to place them in boxes if you don’t have extra for them. Also, if it makes it easy for you to pick them up when you are unpacking.

  1. Box pairs individually

If you have the original boxes for some of your shoes, then you can use them to pack your shoes. Where the shoes are expensive, you’ll need to protect them and so it’s good to use individual boxes. If you do not have the original boxes, you can get small individual boxes for your shoes.

  1. Put the shoes in boxes

For other shoes that are not too delicate or that you are too concerned about, you can box them all up in a strong moving box. Ensure to place the larger and stronger shoes at the bottom of the box and then put the more delicate ones at the top. Avoid using plastic bags to pack your shoes they are not advisable because plastic bags can rip because of the weight of the shoes or because of shoes with heels or buckles.  If you do not have a spare moving box, you can use baskets to move your shoes. Baskets can do the same work of protecting your shoes and making sure that they are not pressed during the process of the move.

 


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Moving is an expensive exercise. From the numerous packing supplies to hiring a moving company, the process of moving to a new home comes with a lot of expenses. Because you will have to spend a lot of money, it becomes necessary to cut costs in every way possible. Get as many free supplies as are available to you. It can be very annoying to spend money on moving costs, especially on moving supplies like moving boxes that you just might get rid of after the move.

The good news is that there are ways to get free out free moving supplies thus, saving some money. Besides a few custom-made boxes designed to fit certain household items, there are various locations available for you to get free moving boxes. We have highlighted a few of these locations to help your search for free boxes.

  1. Online

The internet is a good way to find everything and anything. You can search for online stores to find out if anyone is giving away boxes. Some websites have a free section where people lost items they wish to give away. All you need to do is search for free boxes and add your location. It is also possible for you to post your own advert to inform people that you need free boxes.

  1. Liquor Stores

You can visit liquor stores around you to ask for some of their empty boxes. They receive a ton of shipments regularly so they have an abundance of boxes. You can take these boxes and make them your moving box. These stores receive too many boxes and so you will even be doing them a favor by reducing the number of items they have to deal with.

  1. Friends, Family, and Neighbors

This should be the easiest way to get free boxes. Call around with family and friends and check in with neighbors especially new neighbors to find out if you can get moving boxes from them. New neighbors might still have boxes from their move. Others might even have boxes from recent deliveries.

  1. Community Groups

You can extend your search for free boxes to your community. A good way to find moving boxes around is by connecting with the people in your community and asking them for free supplies.  Community groups are a free private social network for your neighborhoods – and the surrounding areas.  Many community groups have a website that is often used for information dissemination. They have a section for posting free items for giveaways and you can also post updates requesting free moving boxes. There is a high probability that somebody in your community is willing to give away moving boxes or other boxes that can serve as moving boxes. Someone or a good number of people might just have moving boxes and will be willing to give you for free. Do not feel shy to ask around.

  1. Stores

You can always find boxes in stores especially large retail stores. You can always find empty boxes in stores regardless of the size of the store. Large stores however receive and sell a whole lot of goods regularly and as a result of that, they have lots and lots of empty boxes. These boxes are just sitting around in the back probably to be disposed of. Go to any large store you can find around you and ask them for boxes. They will be more than happy to give you boxes for free.

  1. Bookstores

All bookstores, large or small, have boxes you can use to pack for your move. You can be sure to get sturdy boxes because those are the kind of boxes needed to carry books given how heavy they can be.

  1. Offices

You will be surprised by the number of boxes that can be found in offices. Reams of paper and other office supplies are delivered regularly. This is especially true for large offices. If you work in a large office, find out the room for storing empty boxes and ask about taking some boxes. There might be a recycling room where these things are kept.

  1. Recycling Drop Off Locations

Most cities have multiple locations that accept cardboard for recycling. You can go to these locations and try getting free boxes that are still in good enough shape to be reused for your move. This is a good location for you to find free boxes.

  1. Grocery Stores

Both large grocery store chains and small grocers have plenty of boxes available for you to pick up. They receive weekly and sometimes daily supplies to maintain a fresh produce inventory. These products come in boxes. Thus, there are a good number of sturdy boxes available for them to recycle daily. At any point when you decide to move, it is advisable that you go a grocery store and inform them that you need some of their boxes. They’ll be willing to let you have some of them. It will even be possible for you to get medium-sized boxes from them as they deal in large quantities of goods.

  1. Freecycle

Freecycle is one great way to find free things in your community. As soon as you sign up, you can join your local Freecycle community group. It costs you nothing to sign up. On your community group, you can post your need for free moving boxes.

  1. Schools

Call schools around you to find out if they have boxes. They just might have some lying around especially at the beginning of a school year. Do not hesitate to try. They will definitely have a few boxes for you to take.

Conclusion

In summary, all you need to do is ask around and you will be sure to get boxes. There are random places around you where you will find boxes that can be used as moving boxes. I can bet that by the time you are done going to all the places mentioned above, you will have enough boxes to use for your move.

 


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Moving is a process that uproots your life from one location and takes it to another location. There are a few things more stressful than moving.  When you move, you need to pack most or all of your property. This is not an easy task as each type of item you own will require a special mode of packing to ensure adequate protection.

We live in an age of technology and for this reason; a lot of people have a lot of electronic devices to pack when moving. Televisions, laptops, computers, tablets, video game systems, and stereo equipment are all electronic devices.  These devices cost a lot of money and you need to make sure that they are protected all through your packing and moving process.

Here are a few tips to help you when packing your electronics in preparation for a move.

  1. Sort Your Electronics

By nature, electronics are delicate things to move. It is therefore important for you to move with only essentials. It might be a better financial decision for you to sell some devices and buy them when you get to your new location. Go through your electronic devices and determine the ones you really need to move with.  You will even find that there are a lot of devices that you do not need at all. Sell them or donate them. Try as much as possible to reduce the number of electronics you have to move with.

  1. Make Use of the Product manual

It’s best for you to follow the manufacturers’ advice for packing electronics. The manufacturer of an electronic device knows the most about what it takes to protect the product. So, ensure to go through the owner’s manual. If you cannot find the product manual that came with the device, you can check the website of the company. The website will definitely have useful information about the device you need to move.

  1. Use the original product boxes and materials for packing

If you saved the original boxes your devices came in, it will be best for you to use it to pack the device. These boxes are made and used by the manufactures to keep devices before purchase. They are usually custom made boxes and are very effective in packing and repacking these devices. You might not find packing materials that fit as well as the original product boxes. There are other materials that are put in product boxes to protect the devices in the box. If you have these things, they will be very useful for you when you want to move.

  1. Get important packing materials

If you do not have the original packing materials available, you will need to get some essential moving supplies to pack them. You will start with these essentials: sturdy cartons, newsprint for wrapping things up, tape, scissors, and felt-tip markers to the number and label each box.

  1. Disassemble Your Devices

You will need to disassemble your electronic devices before packing them for a move. Take out the batteries in all your electronic devices – appliances and their remotes. Batteries can overheat and get damaged during the move if left in the device. This might have an adverse effect on your device. So, remove batteries to protect the device and the battery. Eject CDs from your device and tape the device shut. If you have a printer, eject the cartridges and wrap your printer appropriately for a move.

  1. Have a Code for Packing Cords

When you have disassembled your electronic devices, you will need to deal with the connecting cords.  Many electronics such as computers, television, stereos, and other devices have a lot of connecting cords. You will need to develop a code for sorting out the cord so you do not mix them up. The easiest code will be to use a color code. Use colored stickers to mark each cord and the same color sticker where the cord connects to the device. This will save you the stress of trying to figure out which cord goes where when you are unpacking and reassembling your electronics.

  1. Control the Storage Temperature

Many electronic devices are sensitive to temperature. Devices like computers and television sometimes need to be stored in temperature-controlled units. You can find this information on the product manual or contact the manufacturer or your storage facility. It is advisable to use the recommended storage temperature when moving to avoid the possibility of damage to your electronic device.

  1. Wrap Your Electronics Devices

It’s important to wrap your devices. You can wrap your devices using moving supplies such as bubble wraps, moving papers, and even old towels. This helps to protect the devices and minimize the possibility of damage that can be caused by moving electronic devices. If you do not wrap the devices, you can use bubble wrap or moving paper to cushion the boxes before placing the device in the box and then use the same thing to fill the top of the box before sealing the box. Where the device is one that has a screen, do not use paper to wrap it. Use a bubble wrap as this is more effective for the protection of glass. Each device will need unique care when wrapping. Ensure to protect them properly.

  1. Use Quality Packing Tape

When you have placed the items in moving boxes, seal the boxes and label them appropriately. Seal the boxes completely with quality packing tape to secure the boxes properly.

  1. Label Appropriately

It is also important that you label the boxes containing your electronics as fragile. In addition to that, use a marker to indicate what item is inside the box. This will also help the movers to be careful when handling boxes that contain electronics.

  1. Make a Record

You will need a general inventory list. However, it is important to make a list of the electronics you are moving with. You will also need a record to show how you disassembled the electronic device. This will be useful for your unpacking when you need to assemble the devices.

 

 


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Packing for a move can be very hectic. This is said to be the most dreaded part of having to move. As dreaded as packing is, some rooms are easier to pack than others. The kitchen is said to be the most difficult room to pack. This is because the kitchen is filled with lots of fragile items and packing them for a move can be very stressful. You need to pack like a pro to protect each item and prevent damage during the process of moving.

Fragile items are items that can easily be damaged or broken. Many household items are fragile in nature and when you need to move, you need to take special care in packing them to ensure that they do not get damaged during the move.  Simply labeling the boxes fragile will not protect the fragile items inside the boxes.

We have highlighted a few helpful things to note when packing your kitchen items and fragile items to avoid common mistakes that people make mad ensure maximum protection of your properties.

  1. Sort your kitchen and household items

Go through your kitchen like every other room and determine what you’ll keep and what to do away with. Whenever you have to move is a good time to audit your kitchen and appliances. Sort them out and determine what to with the ones you don’t need to move with. This might be a difficult thing to do for your kitchen. However, only move with items that are necessary.

The same rule applies to every other household item. It just might be easier and cheaper for you to buy a new one when you get to your new home because of the special care and cost that comes with moving them. So, go through your fragile items and determine which ones you have to move with.

When you have sorted out your items, you can sell the items that are still in good working conditions. Selling them helps you raise the money for another one when you get to your new home. You can give out the others to charity or to family and friends. This saves the stress and cost of moving items that you’ll end up not using in your new home.

  1. Get quality moving materials

The kitchen items are very delicate. This makes it important for you to get a quality moving supplies for packing them. Take time to get yourself quality moving boxes, wrapping papers, bubble wraps, packing papers, tapes, and markers. These are the things you’ll need to pack your fragile items, kitchen wares, and appliances.

  1. Boxing kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances come in a range of sizes and it is important to protect them. If you still have the boxes they came in when you purchased them then use those boxes. These boxes were designed by the producers to protect these items. If you don’t have them then it’s advisable to use medium-sized boxes. Do not stuff boxes with too many items because they become difficult to move when loading.

When putting the appliances in moving boxes, you can cushion the boxes with bubble wraps or packing paper for extra protection especially of the appliances are delicate items. When placed in the box, tape the top of the box and any other side necessary to tape then label appropriately.

  1. Plates and glasses

For plates, there are plate boxes specially made for them. These boxes come with cells for each plate to ensure that they are protected during the move. Plate boxes are easy to find. If however, you don’t find moving boxes, get packing papers or bubble wraps, and use regular boxes. Cushion the boxes with packing papers and wrap each plate with bubble wrap to prevent damage. Use the same style for glasses. Wrap them individually. You can use tapes to fasten the bubble wrap to each item to ensure that it stays intact throughout your move. When you are done packing the box, ensure to tape it and label it appropriately.

  1. Pots and pans

For pots and pans use medium-sized boxes. Medium-sized boxes are advisable because they are easy to pack and move. Ensure that the boxes you get are sturdy ones. You’ll need to stack the pots in the box. When stacking your pots, put packing papers in between the pots to provide a form of protection for them. Cushion the boxes with moving papers, old towels, or old clothes to ensure that the pots are stable during.

  1. Television

Packing televisions can be tricky because they come in different shapes and sizes. If you still have the box you bought it in, then it makes it easy for you to pack it in that box. There are also special television moving boxes available. They are flat paneled boxes and they come in different shapes and sizes to suit different sizes of televisions available. Where you cannot get any box to suit your television, get regular boxes. Wrap the television in bubble wrap and tape it to fasten it. Cushion the box with packing paper and place the wrapped television inside the box. Fill any excess space with packing paper t ensure that the television does not move inside the box when your items are in transit.

  1. Picture frames and mirrors

There are special boxes used to move fragile items like mirrors, picture frames, and glass tops. These items should be secured with packing paper before placing them in the moving boxes. When placing more than one in a box, ensure to put packing papers or bubble wraps in between the two of them to avoid collision during the move. Place old towels or extra packing papers in any extra space in the box to ensure that the items don’t move around in the box.

  1. Lamps

For small and medium-sized lamps, you can use regular moving boxes to pack them.  Just ensure you wrap each lamp with a bubble wrap and tape the bubble wrap to the lamp to be extra careful. For tall floor lamps, however, you will need special lamp boxes because of the special nature of their length. Thankfully, these boxes are available. They are tall boxes that protects your lamps efficiently during the move.


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Moving is a notoriously stressful event and people try to avoid as much as possible. However, it is a part of life. People always have to move for different reasons such as; a new job in another city, a better home, divorce, and many more. Moving can become easier and less stressful for you if you are prepared for it. Many people are caught off guard with a move and this increases the stress level.

Moving is not an easy event for anyone. However, there are a few tricks that make it faster and less stressful for you. Below are a few packing and moving tricks to help you prepare for your move.

Packing and Moving Tricks

Make a Budget

Moving can be very expensive and will drain your finances. The last thing you want to happen to you is for you to be stranded during a move or to be broke after a move. To avoid having money issues after a move, make a budget. Making a budget will help you figure out an estimate of how much you will need to spend. This helps you cut unnecessary costs before you even begin to spend.

Create a Schedule and Start Packing Early

Creating a schedule of the things you will need to do and fixing dates for them helps when packing for a move. A schedule helps to reduce or even prevent the overwhelming feeling that comes with packing and moving. List out everything you will need to do throughout the process and set daily tasks for yourself. This makes the tasks you have to do more manageable to carry out.

It is also advisable for you to start packing at least two to three weeks before the moving date. You can even start packing six to eight weeks before the move. This will give you enough time to sort out your thing and get rid of the things you do not need to move with.

Declutter

Before you start packing, it is important for you to sort out your things and set aside those things you do not need to move with. When sorting out, only move with things that are necessary. Get rid of every other thing. Reducing the things you have to move with makes moving a whole lot easier and a little less expensive.

When you have set aside the things you do not need to move with, it is left for you to determine how to get rid of them. There are a lot of options available to you. Firstly, you can sell them. You can have a yard sale to sell the things sellable or use the apps and websites that are available for you to sell your items. Selling is always a good plan as moving is expensive and you will need all the money you can get. Secondly, you can give them all or what is left after the sale out to your friends or donate them to charity.

Stock up Quality Moving Supplies

Moving supplies include; moving boxes, tapes, bubble wraps, labels, permanent markers and more. When purchasing your supplies, ensure that you get good quality supplies. For instance, ensure that you get sturdy boxes because they will be strong enough to protect your properties while in transit.

Use Appropriate Boxes When Packing

There are general moving boxes that you get for packing. There are however some special purpose boxes available for delicate items. These special-purpose boxes are made to protect specified delicate items. For example, get flat panel television boxes that are used for moving flat screen television for your television. You don’t want to move into your new home with a broken television.

You will also need bubble wraps, flat foams, or linens to wrap your delicate items. This will keep them protected while in transit.

Use Small and Medium-sized Boxes

Using an extra-large box might seem like a good idea when packing. However, using small and medium-sized boxes makes it easy for you to carry your boxes. Large boxes are difficult to carry and you can get injured while trying. Also, do not overpack your boxes.

Label Boxes Appropriately

You need to label each box after packing it. When labeling your boxes, ensure that you do not mislabel the boxes. Check properly before sealing the box and labeling it. Label it by writing what it contains and what it is going into that is by category and room. This will help the movers know where to place each box and this makes your moving and unpacking a little less stressful.

Keep Important Documents Properly Stored

It is easy to lose important documents during a move. Get a special box and label it appropriately. Within the box, but each document in a clear bag so that they are properly protected.

Contact Movers Early

If you are on a budget and you are not getting a moving company to help with your move, contact your friends and family that you will be relying on early enough. Give them proper notice and ensure to tell them the date so they can include it in their schedule.

If on the other hand, you are using a moving company, contact them for booking as soon as you pick a date for your move.

Stop Buying Groceries When Your Move Date is Close

This is important especially if you are moving to another town. It saves you from having to throw things away on the day of your move. Make meals with the things you have at home and try to finish them before the move. If you do not finish them before the move, you can get friends to come over on the day of the move to take them.

Pack an Overnight Bag

You and your family will need an overnight bag when you get to your new home. Chances are high that you will be exhausted from the move and will not be able to begin unpacking. Preparing an overnight bag will give you and your family all the essential items you need for the night and probably a few days. You can begin unpacking the next day.

Make an Inventory of all You Boxes

An inventory of all your boxes helps to keep you organized. You will have a proper account of all the things you are moving with. When you get to your new home, it will be easy to check through your list to confirm that you missed nothing.


If you enjoy drinking and wines, when you are moving, you will have a collection to move with you. When packing them and moving them, you will need to take special care to preserve them during the move. Wine bottles are delicate items and moving delicate items require special care.

For wines, you will need to be extremely careful when packing them. There are various reasons why you need to be careful when moving them. Firstly, they are very delicate and can be broken in transit. Secondly, wines have delicate chemistry which can easily be upset by high or low temperature, vibration, humidity, or even light. These reasons show that wines are very vulnerable and can easily be damaged during a move.

To move wine bottles, you will need special and careful planning and packing to minimize the risk of damage during the move. When wine bottles get damaged during a move, not only will they break, the content of the bottles can lead to a mess and damage some of the other things you are moving. Even if the move is a short one, you will still need proper planning to prevent damage.

A guide has been made to help you with tips for packing wine bottles.

Tips for Packing Wine Bottles

Make an Inventory

Check your wine bottles and make an inventory of the ones you want to pack and move. Do not move unnecessary bottles of wine from your collection. Do not move wine bottles that are already open. Wine bottles are heavy and moving them can be very expensive so the fewer wine bottles you have to move, the better for you.

Research Best Practices for the Wines You are Moving

It is imperative for you to find out the specific requirements of the wine you are moving to. If you are packing more than one type of wine, you will need to find out the requirements for moving all the types of wines you are moving to. For example, some wines are more sensitive to temperature than others. For your wine bottles to remain in good condition after the move, you will need to know your wine, know its special features and needs and hoe you will care especially for each bottle.

Purchase the Right Packing and Moving Supplies

Like dish boxes for dishes and kitchen wares, there are special wine boxes for wine bottles. They are specially designed to pack wine bottles for a move. They are built with cells in them that separate the wine bottles. They come in different sizes for different sizes of wine bottles because they are made to fit perfectly. They also have different capacities. Some can take one wine bottle, some six, and some twelve. Using wine boxes is a secure way of packing and moving your wine. Ensure that you get a sturdy box that will be strong enough to bear the weight of the wine bottles.

In addition to wine boxes, you will need tapes to secure the boxes, packing papers to protect the bottles, and permanent markers for labeling.

Wine Shipping Crates

These are wooden crates used for moving wine bottles. As you can imagine, they are more durable than wine boxes which are just carton boxes. Because wine shipping crates are wooden, they provide the best protection for moving a wine collection.

Wrap Each Wine Bottle

If you do not use a wine box or a wine shipping crate to pack your wine bottles, the other option available to you is the regular moving boxes. When using regular boxes, you will need to take special care because they do not have the cells that wine boxes and crates have to protect your wine bottles. This makes it important for you to wrap each wine bottle before placing it in the regular box. Wrap each wine bottle with two or three sheets of packing paper and secure it with tape before placing it in the box. Ensure to cushion the box with sheets of packing paper before placing the wrapped wine bottles in the box.

When you are done placing the wine bottles in the moving box, ensure that there is no space in the moving box. Space n the box will allow for moving and clanking when the items are in transit. If there is space in the box, place extra sheets of packing paper fill up space in the box.

Position the Wine Bottles Properly

How you position the wine bottle when packing is very important. How it will be placed will depend on the type of wine in the wine bottle. Each wine is moved in a unique way.

  • For red and white wines, you are to pack them upside down or on the side. The purpose of this is to keep the corks wet throughout the move. Keeping the cork wet prevents oxidation or spoilage.
  • For sparkling wines and champagne, you are to keep them packed upright.

Label the Boxes Appropriately

Moving involves lots of boxes. You need to label your wine box and indicate what it contains. Label your wine box fragile on each side of the box to ensure that it is handled with care.

Load Boxes Containing Wine Bottles Properly

When moving the wine boxes, ensure that you do not stack the wine boxes. Stacking them will increase their chances of getting damaged during the move. Place each wine box on the floor of the vehicle for moving.

Climate Control Moving

Generally, wines do well at a temperature of 55 degrees. If otherwise, it might go bad. You can get a professional mover with a climate-controlled truck to maintain the proper temperature for your wine bottles.

Do Not Open Wine Bottles Immediately After the Move

You will need to avoid opening your wine bottles for at least seven days after the move. If the move required driving for more than a day, then you will need to wait for a period longer than seven days. This is because the movement of the truck causes the wine to shake. This vibration can result in bottle shock. The bottles will need sufficient time after the move to recover from the vibrations. Opening them before they have had time to recover can result in loss of flavor. What is your wine worth when it has lost its flavor? It becomes worthless. So, it is good for you to wait a little so as not to lose the quality of your wine.

 


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As much as moving to a new home, can be exciting, the whole process is a dreaded one. This is because it involves a lot of little tasks that add up to stress you out. Among all the tasks involved in the moving process, one of the most stressful ones is packing the boxes for moving. This is a task that can however not be avoided especially if you are on a budget.

When you decide to finally start packing for a move, one of the first things that come to your mind is moving boxes for packing. Anyone can pack boxes. However, it is important for you to know the right boxes to use. To know the right boxes to use, you have to know the types of moving boxes available for you to choose from and what they are used to move. If you do not know the right boxes to use, you might end up with overloaded boxes and damaged items when you are unpacking. Using the right moving boxes protects your properties during the whole process of moving. A lot of things can go wrong when your properties are in transit. It is therefore important for you to utilize the boxes available to protect the items you are moving.

When moving to your new home, it is important that you have the right kind of moving supplies – especially moving boxes because moving boxes are what you will place your properties inside. Packing your properties for a move will not be too burdensome if you understand what moving box to use for what. When you can identify the types of boxes to use, you can easily and safely move your properties to your new home.

Types of Moving Boxes

You need to know the right type of boxes to get for moving. The first thing to help you determine the type of box will be the items to be moved. You will need to take an inventory of the items you are moving. These items will determine the type of boxes you will get and how many you will need to buy for the move.

Boxes are classified on two main basis – size and purpose for which they are made. This guide will show you the different types of boxes available for you to choose from and will help you choose the right boxes to protect your items.

Moving Boxes Classified by Size

  1. Small-sized boxes

These are also called book boxes. As the name implies, they are small in size. Small boxes are used for moving heavy items like books, shoes, small appliances, records, and more. It is typically 1.5 cubic feet.

  1. Medium-sized boxes

These types of boxes are known as all-purpose boxes. They are used to move things like pots, pans, small lamps, kitchen utensils, medium sized appliances, and more. Medium-sized boxes are typically 3 cubic feet.

  1. Large-sized boxes

Large boxes are mainly used for lightweight items like clothing, blankets, beddings, pillows and many others.  If you have noticed, the bigger the box size, the lighter the weight of the items placed inside. The idea is that it keeps the box easy to lift and move and you do not get hurt in the process of moving.

  1. Extra-large sized boxes

These boxes are for bulky items. They are super-sized boxes typically 6 cubic feet. They are used for bulky but lightweight items that need to be moved.

Moving Boxes Classified by Purpose

To pack effectively, you will also need some special purpose boxes. They include:

  1. Dish boxes

These types of boxes were made especially for moving dishes, steam ware, and other types of delicate kitchenware. Dish boxes come with cell dividers to protect delicate items you are moving. The last thing you want in your new home is broken dishes and kitchen wares thus, the need for special boxes.

  1. Mirror boxes

These types of boxes are used to move delicate items such as large pictures, mirrors, artworks, glass tabletops, and more. You will need a cushion inside of the box with flat foams or bubble wrap to protect these delicate items.

  1. Wardrobe boxes

These are used in moving clothes. They are designed like actual wardrobes. They are large boxes that stand upright and come with bars for hanging clothes, curtains, and more. You can use this type of box when you are trying to prevent the clothes from becoming wrinkled during the move.

  1. Custom boxes

These types of boxes are custom made boxes to move special household items such as antiques, chandeliers, artwork, or any other bulky but delicate item. They are made to the specification of the item to be carried.

  1. Flat-panel television boxes

Flat-panel television boxes are rectangular and come in different sizes for different sizes of televisions. They are ideal for moving any type of flat-screen television. The boxes usually indicate ‘this side up’ to protect the television while moving.

  1. Lamp boxes

Tall floor lamps are very delicate and difficult to pack because of the length and size of them. There are special lamp boxes for them. Lamp boxes are tall and narrow boxes that allow you to move lamps in an efficient way while protecting them adequately.

  1. Insulated foam boxes

Insulated foam boxes are boxes with foam containers placed inside. Foam containers are placed inside and they are covered with foam lids. These types of boxes are used to move refrigerated or frozen items. They keep the frozen items’ temperature controlled during the move.

  1. Mattress boxes

These types of boxes are available in different sizes. You can move your mattress without any box. However, if you want extra protection for your mattress, you can buy a mattress box.

At first, the idea of picking up a few boxes to pack your items for a move might seem like an easy thing to do. However, doing it the proper way to protect your properties is not so easy. It only becomes easy when you have learned what box to use for what.

 


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