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Because every professional mover knows the importance of sturdy boxes and most regular people do not.
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What real pros do:
Professional packers will alway invest in the right moving boxes because there is no possibility they tear apart while you carry and load them into the van.
The pro movers use old newspapers and packing materials to secure their items. And use bubble wrap for the most fragile things of all.
Pro tip: use your towels to wrap some items - saves you money on materials and space.
Have blankets to cover pieces of furniture, boxes and appliances. This is a must-have. Never set off a moving van without covering your belongings with blankets.
ALWAYS have small, medium and large packing boxes. This makes it easier to pack your things neatly and it helps when loading the moving van. Remember the rule: Heavy things to in small or medium boxes, light things go in big boxes!
What do people usually pack or do wrong when packing:
Get free boxes that are not strong enough to hold their items which results in broken items.
They don't wash clothes or bed linen, and other items before packing them. You should wash and clean everything before packing!
Don't put enough bubble wrap or Styrofoam inside boxes with fragile items, thinking the individual wrapping is enough - but most times it's not.
Label boxes properly so you don't forget what's where. Don't just write down "fragile", or 'kitchen', on the boxes. Be more descriptive, for example, "cups, plates", "sheets, pillows, towels"; "pans, cutlery", etc.
If you have kids, don't pack all of their toys or bed linen and clothes. Ask them what they want to have quick access to. And do not pack their favourite toy or blanket with the rest of the items. JUST DO NOT! Panic will ensue!
Use your socks, towels, even clothes as stuffing for fragile items. There shouldn't be any empty space left in your moving boxes. Fill in the empty space with your towels or clothes.
Clothes on hangers - put them in garbage bags and carry them with the hangers- without packing them.
Use blankets, duvets, table clots, etc. to cover furniture in the moving van - thus killing to birds with one stone - not taking up space to pack them and also protecting your furniture.
Use the things you have as storage boxes/containers instead of buying more of them. Tupperware, hollow ottomans, baskets, buckets, etc can be used to store smaller items inside.
Pack pillows, bed covers and other soft items in garbage bags to save space in boxes, decrease the number of boxes going into the van and also they can easily be squished between boxes, thus filling the empty space in the van.
Moving can be a challenging endeavor, but with the right preparation and mindset, it can also be an exciting opportunity for a fresh start. Remember to plan ahead, declutter before packing, and label your boxes clearly to make unpacking easier.
Take time to breathe, stay organized, and enlist the help of friends or professionals when needed. Embrace the adventure and embrace the change, knowing that a new chapter awaits you in your new home.