Packing your belongings takes up most of your time on the days leading up to your move.  It can be physically tiring and stressful.  Do it wrong and you end up with not enough time or your stuff being packed HAPHAZARDLY..  Do it right and you can relax knowing that you didn’t forget anything and all your possessions will be transported safely.

If you carefully plan how and what to pack, you can be more efficient and organized.

What NOT to Pack

  • Any dangerous chemicals, such as those which are poisonous or highly flammable should be carefully packed and completely covered. If not, leave them behind or throw them away.  Here are some examples:
    •  Packing Tips Acid
    • Pesticides
    • Gasoline
    • Lighter fluid
    • Paint
    • Paint thinner
    • Matches
    • Aerosol
    • Fireworks
    • Batteries
    • Weed killer
    • Ammonia
  • Perishable food need to be cooked and consumed before the move to avoid them spoiling during the journey. Instead, bring some non-perishable food that you can prepare quickly in your new home, like canned food, bread or cereal, until you can buy groceries.  These are examples of perishable food that you should just cook and eat before moving:
    • Meat
    • Eggs
    • Milk
  • Perishable items like plants should also be carefully wrapped, leaving it open to light and oxygen. If traveling a great distance, consider just giving away the plants to family or friends.

Sort through the following items

  • Classify these items into three piles: what to bring, what to give away and what to discard.
    • Clothes
    • Shoes
    • Books
    • Magazines
    • Household linen
    • Toys
    • Office supplies
    • Old furniture and knick knacks

Pack an Essentials Box

  • The Essentials Box is that box of important items that you will need on your first day at your new home. This is the first box you unpack upon your arrival:
    • Scissors
    • Cleaning cloths
    • Dishwashing detergent
    • All purpose cleaning solution
    • Rubbish bags
    • Cups, utensils and plates
    • Food
    • Matches
    • Coffee and other beverages
    • Toiletries like soap, shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste
    • Toilet paper
    • Change of clothing
    • Bath towels
    • Chargers for phones
    • Bed linen like sheets, pillows and blankets

The right way to pack makes for a smoother move, with your possessions arriving whole and undamaged.  Bringing only items which are useful and valuable while discarding clutter and junk is a great start in your new home.

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