While moving is an exciting part of a person’s life, it’s also a time that can be super stressful that’s filled with an ever-growing list of things to do and organize. From interviewing moving companies to getting the right amount of boxes to organizing your stuff for donation (and everything else in between!), there is so much to do before you actually move and start your life into your new city or town.
One aspect of moving that you’ll have to figure out pretty early on is the packing process. And if you’re doing all of the packing by yourself, you’ll need to make sure that you organize all of your items for the big move and stock up on a variety of packing materials to protect and secure your items. Read on to check out more about some of the different packing materials out there that can help you to efficiently get everything in order.
Different Types of Packing Materials
- Packing paper: Newspaper has been used as a way to pack everything from bowls to glass to kitchen items for years. While this is an inexpensive packing material, it isn’t always the best one anymore: the black newspaper ink can dye your plates, cups, etc, causing them to stain. Instead of using traditional newspaper, opt for dye-free packing paper that you securely wrap around your valuables and then seal together with some packing tape. For additional assurance, cover your wrapped item in a cotton dish cloth or towel that can protect your items from any banging that might occur during the moving process.
- Bubble wrap or rolls: Another classic packing material for moving, bubble wrap is great to protect valuables and fragile items such as glass, dishes, art, collectible items and more. Make sure that your bubble wrap or roll is flat, then place your item in the middle and wrap. Seal the package with some packing tape before you place the wrapped item in your boxes.
- Peanuts: For additional security and cushioning, you can fill your moving boxes with packing peanuts. They can serve as a barrier around your items that can be especially helpful during the moving process as your items get shuffled from your home to the van and finally to your new home. Anything can happen during this time where boxes might be thrown around or shaken. The downside of peanuts is the clean-up afterwards that might mean you’ll be finding peanuts way after you unpack your items.
- Moving blankets: Electronics and large furniture are a completely different animal when it comes to packaging during a move. While it would be ideal to have the box that your TV, video game console or DVD player came in, we know this isn’t always the reality. The best option for packing these items is to wrap them in large moving blankets that gently get placed onto the moving van. Blankets are also great for wrapping and coating tables, couches, desks, beds, a wardrobe or a dresser. They also make it a little easier to transport your items from your home to the moving van or truck, providing a layer of protection so that your items won’t get dented or stretched up.
- Packing foam: Foam is another great packing material that can protect breakable items such as ceramics or glass pieces. More lightweight than bubble wrap, you might need to wrap your valuables with foam a few times before you place them into your moving box. Add in additional towels or clothing for additional padding.
- Household items: While the above packing supplies are great to protect your items during the moving process, there are some items that you might actually have at home that can help you to protect your items without having to spend additional money. For clothes, you can opt to fill up your items in any unused suitcases or use your shirts or socks to fill any loose spaces in your boxes that can also serve as padding. You can also leave some clothing in your dresser and then tape the drawers.
- Boxes: And of course the Granddaddy of all packing materials, moving boxes! Whether you have a small apartment or a large house, you are going to need a considerable amount of moving boxes for moving in a variety of sizes. Ideally, you should focus on packing your books, kitchen items (with proper padding) and bathroom items in medium-sized boxes. Wardrobe boxes are great for clothes and larger boxes are great for packing kids’ toys, lamps, small electronics, and bulky items.
There are tons of options to help you to pack and organize your belongings for a move. A professional mover can assist with the packing process or you can purchase a variety of packing materials to do it yourself.