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How to stay organized while packing is one of the hardest jobs ever.  Moving is daunting and exhausting. Although you are excited to get into your new home, the task of boxing and packing all of your belongings is stressful. By streamlining a system for moving, you can reduce this stress. You can get much more accomplished. To help you, we have compiled a list of ways to make the move easier for you.


Stay organized while packing through minimization. Minimization is key to any good move. Go through your belongings and get rid of items you don’t need. Get rid of items you won’t use as well.  Old clothing, glassware, decoration, even furniture that is not used can easily be donated. Consider selling items that are in good shape. By doing this you are now reducing, often by a lot, the number of items you not only have to pack and carry but that you have to unpack and put away. This also means fewer items to transport requiring less physical exertion and potentially even less cost and time.

Packing Supplies

Often times we start packing with just what we have around the house. Soon we find ourselves out of supplies and running to the store and spending more than we should have for tape, packing materials and boxes. Instead, make a list of items you will need such as tape, boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, labels, markers, padding, rope, bins, and possibly a dolly to help easy the lifting and carrying. Next, go online and search for any sales or deals on the supplies you need. Spending 30 minutes to search for sales can end up saving you a hefty chunk of change.  Finally, go out and load up on all the supplies you need from the sales you found. Here is a thrifty tip: Many stores break down their boxes and must pay to have them hauled away. If you go to local stores in the morning before they toss the boxes, you may be able to get some really good boxes for no cost and save yourself some money.

Categorize & label

This can not be stressed enough LABEL YOUR BOXES. Mark boxes that go into the kitchen, bath, bedroom, living room, etc as you pack them. Categorize items also such as a box with all the cups in it or a box with the silverware in it so putting items away is much easier and it is simple to find items while you are in the process of finding it all a place to go. Decide how you’ll want things to be grouped when unpacking and categorize and label them accordingly. This will save you a lot of time when unpacking.

The Essentials box

This is a box that is often missed when packing. The essentials box is basically a box that contains things like toilet paper, napkins, a change of clothes, toothpaste and toothbrush and a towel. It is the most important box in your move.  It holds the items that you need right away when you get to your home . The items you can not live without such as medications. Be sure to include things for every member of the family.  Give each person their own essentials box for the move. If you have movers doing the moving for you, we would suggest that this box stays with you if possible so that you know where it is at all times and it is not located somewhere in the back of a moving van along route 94 heading to the storage unit.


Stay organized while packing, it will make life easier. We hope these packing tips help to make your move a great one. For more great remodeling and home trends, continue to come back to the High Quality Contracting Inc website or contact us.