The main activity you should focus on when planning a move is packing. Whilst you can always get help with the activity, you need to know a few essential tips for packing the items you would rather pack yourself.
One mistake that many people make is packing too much in a large box. The saying “less is more” applies to packing in this sense. It is better to pack a few items each into several smaller boxes than throw all the items in one box. Because you have fewer items in each box, you are able to move more boxes with greater ease and in a shorter amount of time.
When packing personal items, begin with out-of-season apparel and furnishings. After you pack those, pack the stuff you don’t use that often. Pack the items you will need up until moving day on the day of your move.
Pack Light Items Together
Empty drawers of anything that can spill or break, or that would puncture other items. However, you can leave soft apparel such as sweaters, lingerie, blankets, or bath towels in drawers. Also, remember to organise and pack like items together. For example, you do not want to pack delicate china in the same box as your frying pans.
All parts or item pairs should stay together. For instance, mirror bolts, curtain rod hangers, and similar hardware should be placed in a cloth or plastic bag. Also, wind electrical cords so they are not left dangling. Of course, removalists in Melbourne can assist you with the moving process. However, it is good to have a fundamental understanding of packing so you can ensure your goods are being packed correctly and in an organised fashion.
Wrap Items Individually
Each medium or large item that is packed should be wrapped individually in tissue paper or a paper towel. Use two layers of newspaper as an outer wrapping too. Place a five-centimetre layer of crushed paper in the carton to cushion the items you pack. You also want to build up the layers so the heavy items are placed on the bottom, the medium items in the middle, and the light items at the top.
As you complete each tier, fill in the empty spaces with crushed paper. Doing so will create an even base for the next layer. You can also use cardboard that you have cut from cartons to separate the items. Any edges, sharp points, or rims should be covered.
Pack any fragile or small items by wrapping them separately or place a few small items together in a small box, cushioning the items with shredded paper. Whilst you do not want to overload your boxes, you still want to firmly pack each box in order to avoid any shifting. The cover should also close without difficulty. Make sure it does not bend inward.
Seal your boxes with tape except for those items that are listed on the removal inventory form. These boxes are left open for the removalists’ inspection. To make the removal even more organised, you might number and/or code each item as well.
When labelling the boxes, write down the inside contents on the side of the box and in a removal notebook. Code or number the cartons too. Place a mark on the boxes that will be unpacked first.