A house has all the items from small too big. When you decide to shift your home packing these is not going to easy. It will be difficult for you to pack these items on your own. A little help can make this job easier but do you know how much boxes will you need to pack everything? Do you know what essentials materials that will be needed? Do you have an idea what essential points you should keep in mind while packing?
Get all your answers here. We will tell you how you can quickly pack them and how you should start planning for it?
How to pack boxes?
Planning is essential before doing any work. Without any plan, things will not be organized and lots of your time will be wasted. So, to save your time and complete packing on time follow the given steps.
You won’t be able to pack up your house on the same day you are moving, therefore start it beforehand. You can start, packing before few weeks. It will give you enough time to think about packing each and everything. Make the plan of completing packing a room in one or two days. Likewise, complete packing for each room within the decided time.
You will need packing materials for this purpose. Think of all the items that you might need during work. You will require these materials:
• A clear packing tape- for sealing the boxes
• Masking tape- to wrap the valuables items
• Packing peanuts/papers- to fill the extra space and protection of fragile objects
• Bubble wraps- to protect the fragile objects
• Plastic wraps- to wrap the toiletries
• Marker- to label each box
Grab all the above materials from the hardware store or office supply store. The next step is to decide the number of required boxes. Nobody can precisely taste the number of required boxes, but you can do it using square footage. The square footage of your home will help you in getting an idea about the boxes and how to pack boxes while shifting home. The standard box sizes are as follows:
• For 700-900 ft, buy 15(small), 13(medium),6( large), 3(Extra Large) boxes
• 900-1200 ft, buy 21(small),19(medium), 10(large),6(extra large)
• 1,200-1,600 ft, buy 21(small), 19(medium),10(large),6(extra large)
• Up to 1,800 ft, get 35(small),33(medium), 19(large), 11(extra large)
Get these standard sizes boxes from any hardware store. Check them before buying, they should not be damaged from any side and should be new and strong. Put the boxes separate for small and big or light or heavy materials.
The second step is separating items for packing. Start making a list for each room and write the name of items accordingly. Divide the list into two parts- one for heavy items, second for light ones. Write the name of heavy items in it respective place so that at the time of packing you don’t have to plan for them. Also, make a list of their use and purpose. Keep the same items together. For example, place books collected from each room in a separate box. It will make packing more organized. Remember; don’t mix the items as they will make your work tougher. For example, keep the books of a bedroom in the separate box than those within your living room. Otherwise, at the time of rearrangement, you will have to waste your time in separating the books for living room and bedroom.
Place the small items like pen, staplers, and paper clips in a little box. Take care of your hardware essentials such as screws, wires and other materials. Keep them in a plastic bag or more preferably in a zip bag. For example, place the wires, mouse, and cables of a computer in a zipper bag and stick it behind the monitor. In this way, cords and wires will not get mixed, and you can do the reassembling quickly.
Make an overnight bag that contains towels, clothes, cleaning supplies or toiletries. You will need this stuff while moving. Don’t pack major appliances like frames, pillows, and clothing. You can wrap them in blankets. Use trash bags to pack pillows and clothing.
Separate packing for non-breakable items
You can use paper to wrap the non-breakable items. Use packing paper, newspaper, tissue paper for this purpose. Liquids also need to be packed and for it use a zipped plastic bag. It will seal the liquid and prevent other materials from getting damaged due to leakage. Don’t just put the items one over another. Carefully place them and to ensure that they don’t collide, make a layer of packing peanuts at the bottom of a box. Remember that heavy materials will go down and light elements at the top. If some space is left in the box, fill it with balls of newspaper or with towels or packing papers.
After packing everything, place clear tape on the mouth of a box to seal it. Don’t apply one layer of tape, cover it twice or thrice. One more important thing to do that will save your time while unloading the truck is to label every box. Use marker for this purpose. Also, make signs of arrows to indicate the upside of a box. To make it more understandable, use stickers.
Pack fragile objects
Fragile objects need extra care while packing. Don’t put them in big ones, use boxes that can hold 10 pounds or less than that. If you choose a bigger box, it will have enough spacing for items to move. Movers can also help you in this matter. They have special boxes that include cardboard separators. Place glasses or any other fragile items in them, so that stay safe. You can also use the original casing of glasses that you got while purchasing them. If they are in good condition, use them otherwise use individual boxes.
Make a cushion or bed of packing peanuts at the bottom of boxes. For glasses, fill them with newspaper rolls so that they gain some weight and don’t move easily in boxes. Don’t forget to mark them “fragile.”
That’s it! Your packing is complete, and now you are ready to move.