The Planning Stage:

Moving can be a daunting task. That said, it would be most beneficial for you to start planning your move and sorting your belongings well before moving day. Here are some practical planning tips to get you started:
    • Have plenty of packing supplies ready– make sure that you have boxes, markers, packing tape, box cutter or knife, bubble-wrap, newspaper (preferably unprinted newspaper). Storage Containers On Wheels can supply you with any or all of the materials you would need. Use the handy guide below to determine the quantity of boxes that you will need (Pack-Rats may need to increase the quantities).
# Bedrooms 1-BR 2-BR 3-BR 4-BR 5-BR
Small Box 10 14 20 25 30
Med Box 17 21 30 51 54
Large Box 3 5 7 10 20
Dish pack 2 3 4 4 4
Wardrobe 3 5 7 10 12
  • Label the boxes– label each box with it’s general contents and room it belongs in. Use marking pens or stick-on labels.
  • Separate your most valuable documents and belongings-, items of high value such as jewelry, important documents, stock certificates, etc., should be kept with you.
  • Economize– if possible, now is the time to get rid of unnecessary possessions. Consider a yard or garage sale for items you don’t use, need or want anymore. Also, Craigslist has become quite popular for disposing of excess items and making some extra money at the same time; good for the pack rat in all of us.
  • Find the most reliable moving and storage companies– one mistake people commonly commit is thinking that hiring a truck and moving their belongings themselves will save them money. Perhaps you would save a few dollars, but is the extra work, stress and potential injury worth those few dollars to you? Check on a company’s reliability through testimonials, business associations (such as The California Moving And Storage Association, The American Moving And Storage Association or Better Business Bureau), and personal references. Talk to at least 3 different moving companies to compare costs and services. Ask for references from satisfied clients.

The Packing Stage:

Once you’re done planning, the next thing to do is to start packing. The packing may be long and tedious, but if you manage your time, pack your items carefully and follow these packing tips, you can eliminate or reduce damage to your possessions during the moving process.
  • Keep parts of an item together– simply, this means putting a lampshade’s lamp, bulb, and shade together; or a monitor, CPU, and cords in the same box. Since you will reassemble them once you arrive in your new home or office, it is wise to keep them in one place.
  • Place your boxes where you can work with them easily– you can avoid back and muscle strain by having your boxes waist high to avoid bending and reaching.
  • Heavy items– use smaller boxes for heavier items such as books and paper. Avoid packing heavy items with fragile items. Use larger cartons for lightweight items such as clothes and linens.
  • Protect fragile items– use newspaper or bubble-wrap for fragile items. When packing dishes or glassware, use a cushion of “balled-up” newspaper or bubble-wrap on the bottom and sides of the box. Wrap glassware and dishes individually in paper and place balled up newspaper between each piece. The more padding, the more secure your items will be.