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Packing up a home is such a huge task that we tend to think focus on the big picture and the large items – how many boxes we will need for our clothes, how we’re going to move that piano, what’s the best way to wrap our artwork to protect it… But sometimes as moving day arrives, we realize that we haven’t made allowances for the items we’ll need that day and on the following one. Here’s how to avoid being stuck in that situation.
Use color coding for each room. It’ll help you group boxes together and see in an instant which ones you need to go through if you packed something which you find you need urgently.
Make detailed lists of the contents of each box. That way you’ll know exactly in which of the 10 boxes labeled “Kitchen” you packed the kettle to make a refreshing cup of tea on arrival at your new home. You can write a short list on the box itself and a more detailed inventory on a document.
Ask your moving company for tips and suggestions. An experienced established moving company has undertaken thousands of moves, making it an expert in this field. All Jersey Moving & Storage has been in business since 1992. We’re a professional moving company with fully trained staff which means we know all the tricks of our trade. We don’t just show up on moving day, but work with our clients throughout the process to ensure they have an easy and stress-free move.
When packing bedrooms, put aside bedding for the last sleep in your former home and the first sleep in your new one. You’ll need a good, comfortable sleep to feel refreshed and less stressed. And don’t forget to put aside a child’s favorite blanket or the stuffed animal they sleep with each night in a safe place. Moving is a big adjustment for children and you don’t want tears on your first night at an unfamiliar home.
Have towels, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste handy for the bathroom. A refreshing shower will be a pleasure after you’ve pulled a last minute packing all nighter or upon arrival at your destination. If it looks like you’re running out of time, consider asking your mover for some last minute help. All Jersey Moving & Storage has often stepped in to finish packing a home or office. We know that many people underestimate how long it takes to pack up a whole home.
Put aside some plates and silverware, your toaster and coffee machine. Some people prefer to use disposables towards the end of a move or to eat out for a few days after reaching their destination. If you don’t want to do either, it’s easy to make simple meals with a frying pan (don’t forget the egg flipper!), toast and coffee. Remember you’ll need paper towels and dish detergent too.
Make your television available until the end and arrange for quick installation at your destination. Keep a few favorite DVDs accessible too. You’ll provide a distraction for your children and a relaxant for you if you’re too tired to unpack immediately and need to unwind. Televisions range in weight from 30 lbs. to 80 lbs. depending on the size and model and can easily be damaged in a move, so it’s best that your moving company packs and carries them. All Jersey Moving & Storage knows how to handle your largest items safely and securely. We’re also experts at moving heavy but delicate items like pianos, as well as gun safes and fine art.
Pretend you’re taking an airplane trip (maybe you are!). You’d carry a coat or raincoat and pack a change of clothing, toiletries and snacks in your overnight bag.
Have folding chairs accessible. You may have placed your sofas behind mountains of boxes if your move was a do-it-yourself one, or you may not want to unwrap larger furniture immediately. If it’s crucial to have your new home or office up and running as soon as possible, consider using your mover’s packing and unpacking services. Ours are surprisingly affordable and can eliminate much of the stress of a move, leaving you refreshed and organized.
Contact us now for a free no-obligation quote. We’ll take care of the biggest items and the details too.