Preparing for a big move? That is a great change and you’ve got a big project ahead of you. If you are old school and have decided to do your own packing (because, you know, now you have professional packers), we have a helpful guide for you. As premium packing experts, Orlando moving and storage company recommends you do it by room. Load moving trucks in the same order as well for easy unpacking. Don’t worry about anything because we have a full packing checklist for you. Let’s begin with remembering and gathering all the supplies.
A packing checklist first: Supplies
Just like choosing your next home and getting your estimate, there are a few other things you should do before the movers arrive. We’ll help you with organizing every step of the moving process, starting with packing supplies:
• Boxes. Don’t purchase boxes from a moving company. We say be eco-friendly and get them for free. Ask your local grocery stores and other retailers. They always have leftover boxes.
• Padding. This includes items that cushion fragile items. Again, consider going zero waste using socks, towels, and T-shirts if you want to save some money.
• Blankets. They come handy when you want to protect the furniture edges from scratches and tarnish. Here, simple house blankets – which you’ll be transporting anyway – save you from spending for rentals.
• Tape. Unfortunately, there’s still no zero waste substitute for good old duct tape.
Packing checklist essential: Get your moving quote
Make sure you get your free estimate for your home items. The best way to prepare is to get your moving quote, so make sure you have a stress free move done by professionals.
Packing tips 101
Start filling each box with a layer of padding. Then put the heaviest items in first. We cannot underline this enough: Label everything in detail! Label each box by room and by contents. Finally, pack a first aid kit: one or two first day boxes should be filled with essentials – toothbrushes, a few changes of clothes, screwdrivers, hammers, snacks, drinks, plates, utensils and cups, important medications, etc. In case you need storage, Storage Orlando may be the perfect choice for you. Check out our storage services you can count on. Now that the basics are settled, let’s see our room to room packing checklist and tips.
The kitchen packing checklist
Start in the kitchen, just because there is a lot of work there. All the tiny items and the cleaning are tiring to handle, so start early.
• The refrigerator. Start using up your food a couple of weeks before the scheduled move. You want to defrost the refrigerator at least 48 hours before moving day. Use up or donate extra food.
• Dishes. Pack plates and bowls together in boxes. If you have fine china, wrap pieces individually with paper or bubble wrap. Even clothes are good for this. Do this for other breakable items as well. Plastic plates and studier bowls require less protection but still manage them with care.
Use the nesting technique to maximize space potential.
• Glasses. Oh, this is a difficult one. You should always use sturdier boxes when packing your fragile items onto a truck. If you have a sectioned box for individual glasses, that’s amazing. Either way, wrap each piece individually with any cloth before putting into boxes. In case you don’t have sectioned boxes, avoid stacking glasses on top of one another unless you have sturdy separators for protection. Be sure to cushion glasses with padding.
• Silverware. If you have silver, use the packaging it came in whenever possible. If that’s not available, pack in sets and cover with paper or plastic. For regular silverware, use plastic storage boxes, sorted by function.
Sharp knives, even if covered, should be stored in separate boxes.
• Small appliances. First, remove any sharp blades and store them in labeled plastic storage boxes. You should wrap cords around appliances and secure them with tape. Finally, cover with paper. Pack in boxes and cushion with paper, towels or another padding.
• Food. Unopened dry and canned foods can go in boxes. Fill any coolers you plan to take with you as well.
The dining room
• Table. If possible, remove legs and leaves. Wrap table, legs, and leaves in blankets.
• Chairs. Wrap in blankets to protect the edges.
• Rugs. Roll up and wrap in plastic or paper.
The living room
• Couches and chairs. It will reinforce your desire that these be handled with care.
• Electronics. Put TVs, computers, etc., back in original packaging if you have them. Secure with duct tape. If you don’t have the original packaging, wrap components in towels and blankets, and brace in boxes. Fill in open spaces with padding, including towels, socks, blankets, etc.
• TV stands and shelves. Remove any glass and wrap in blankets.
Artwork and mirrors should be wrapped carefully in blankets.
• Tables. Be ready to cover once loaded.
• Lamps. Remove bulbs and lampshades. Store in boxes, and cushion carefully.
• Books, CDs, DVDs. Don’t make each box too heavy. We had numerous breaks happen in our past and all of the books fell out. Avoid double work!
• Rugs. Again, roll up and wrap in plastic or paper.
• Home office – important files like medical records, financial records, insurance policies, etc. go in a separate box. Label – important!
• Spare bedrooms. Break down beds and put any clothing in labeled boxes or bags. Place bed hardware in plastic storage bags and attach to the headboard with duct tape. Pillows can go in dresser drawers. Remove mirrors from dressers and cover with blankets. Do the same for the master and other bedrooms on moving day morning.
• Hanging clothes. Here’s where it may make sense to splurge for boxes. With wardrobe cartons, you can store hanging clothes and easily unpack them at your destination.
• Other clothing. Regular boxes work just fine. Label by person and contents.
• Jewelry. Place any high-end jewelry in a container you’ll keep with you during the move. Otherwise, follow directions for clothing.
• This is a packing checklist essential. Let the bathroom box be the last one you load onto the truck. You’ll want to keep that box handy – with makeup, toiletries, TP, bathroom towels, etc. You’ll likely want to set up a bathroom as soon as possible at the new place.
The laundry room
• Washer and dryer. Unplug both. Disconnect washer hoses, drain and store inside the machine. Do the same with your dryer vent. Tape cords to the back of each appliance.
• Detergents, bleach, and fabric softener. Discard, as these can be dangerous to transport. Plus, they’ll make a mess if they spill.
• Laundry baskets. Use to store and transport items. You can do the same for hampers.
The garage/storage shed
• Lawn mower, lawn equipment, gas grill. This is a packing checklist must – Drain gas and oil from mower and lawn equipment! Don’t forget to remove the gas tank from grill and turn in.
• Lawn and patio furniture. Remove cushions and store in garbage bags.
• Tools. Use your toolbox for small items. Wrap saws, axes, hoes, etc. in old towels.
• Paint, fertilizer, weed killer. Dispose of these items. Moving companies don’t transport dangerous chemicals since it is punishable by law.