Moving? Get tips on how to pack like a pro

Moving to a new home is always an exciting experience, but it can be easy to get overwhelmed if you're not sure where to start on your packing.

Luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks to make the job more efficient and keep you feeling organized and in control. Here are a few tips to help you start your packing list and ensure that all of your belongings arrive at your new home in a safe and orderly fashion.

Get a head start

Two to three weeks before the move, stock up on moving supplies like packing tape, thick markers and bubble wrap, and start saving newspapers and clean rags to use as cost-effective padding for fragile dishes. Ask grocery stores and shops to see if you can take used cardboard boxes off their hands to use when you move. Buy a pack of extra-strong trash bags to pack soft clothing and pillows.

Stay organized

Start early, by choosing an unused corner of your home to set up moving boxes and start packing items that you won’t need for the week before the move. Save your back on moving day by packing lighter things in larger boxes and use smaller boxes for heavy items like books. Label everything clearly on at least two or three sides, so you can read it no matter which way it is stacked. Use a colour-coding system with markers or packing tape to make unpacking easier, and make a note of which room the box should go in, and whether contents are fragile. Make a master packing list that lists all of the moving boxes and contents, just in case you need to verify with the moving companies that everything has arrived safely.

Make your move extra efficient

Don’t worry about emptying drawers of clothing, knick-knacks and other unbreakables. Your chests and cabinets can serve as storage, and once you arrive at your new home, things will already be in the drawers they need to be in! The loaded furniture will shift and bounce less in the moving truck. You can use packing wrap to ensure no drawers slide out in transit. For clothing that hangs, simply slip the clothing, still on the hanger, into a large trash bag to protect it, and place it in the moving truck or your car. It will be ready to hang when you arrive.

Keep things safe during the journey

It’s always hard not to worry that something might break en route to the new place, but there are a few easy things you can do to keep belongings safe. Use blankets and towels as thick padding for dishes and sensitive equipment. Pack plates vertically with newspaper or rags between them, and use socks to cushion glasses. Toiletries can be placed in plastic tubs or bags to ensure they don’t leak, and a cotton ball can be placed in cosmetic compacts to keep them from breaking.

Keeping important items handy

Pack things you’ll need right away, like bed linens, shower items and basic dishes in a well-labeled box, or better yet, a clear plastic bin. You may also want to use a suitcase to keep a few changes of clothes, toiletries, jewelry and medications with you. Pack anything that is irreplaceable or expensive, such as photo albums, delicate electronics or keepsakes with you in your vehicle.

With these tips, you should be able to have your packing well under control ahead of time, and minimize your workload while keeping your fragile items safe. Good luck with packing and be sure enjoy your new home!