We are happy to hear about your new home! Now it is the time to figure out how you’re going to pack and move everything without breaking the bank, your sentimental items, or your back.
Good thing we put together this list of valuable packing tips that will ease your move. Are you wondering how we can guarantee these tips will make your move more simple? We asked experienced packers and professional organizers from a leading removal company in London to share their best tips.
So here they are!
# The best way to pack & store clothes
When moving, in order to store and protect clothes the best way, you should:
- Wash the clothes. Surfaces stains and dirt will get into the clothing overtime and when you do finally get them out of storage to use again the stain will be difficult to remove. Wash all items as per their washing instructions and any dry cleanable items should be dry cleaned prior to storing. By following this steps you can guarantee that your clothes will be clean and ready to wear when you take them back.
- Iron the clothes before packing. It is a crucial part before folding your clothes because it will minimise the wrinkling., You need to hang the clothes to cool down. This way you will reduce the lines that may appear after the ironing.
* Don’t vacuum seal, because most natural fibre cloth needs air to maintain its structure and integrity and that by sucking all of the air out of the bag, you are compressing the garments and compressing the fibres.
- Don’t use plastic bags and cardboard boxes. Best way to pack your clothes is into the airtight plastic containers with a lid. They will keep your clothes dry and stop the growth of mould and mildew. If using plastic containers, ensure they are extremely clean, dry and line them with old (but clean) cotton sheets. Avoid plastic bags as these can trap moisture and cause mildew to form or cause the yellowing of fabrics.
- Packing your clothes in cardboard boxes is not very practical and reliable because vermin can easily chew through the cardboard. Rats and mice are able to chew even through really hard materials like wood, plastic, and aluminium.
- Take under consideration the atmospheric conditions. Pay attention when storing expensive sentimental items or any valuables. It is recommended that clothing items should be stored in a place where the temperature does not exceed 23°C and has relative humidity of 55%. (Read more) Also, you should thoroughly clean the storage space so that your belongings can be well protected and preserved.
# Breakable items
Fragile items require some particular packing materials that provide a cushion during transportation, and protect areas that are especially susceptible to breaking or cracking:
- Bubble wrap;
- Dish and glass packers;
- Newspaper or packing paper;
- Packing peanuts;
- Plastic furniture covers;
- Towels or rags.
Once you have your supplies ready to go, follow the steps below to safely and securely pack your breakable items:
* Before that… you’re going to need packing boxes. Lots of them. And probably you don’t want this to affect your budget, so see from where to get free boxes for moving.
- Secure the bottom of your box by taping all open seams and corners;
- Build a cushion base by lining the inside of the box with bubble wrap or packing peanuts;
- Wrap, separately, each item with the packing materials, mentioned above. Add extra material around easily- breakable areas, such as stems on wine glass or handles on a mug. Stick the protective material with tape to ensure it is stable;
- Carefully place wrapped items in the box, starting with the heaviest on the bottom and the lightest at the top. If you have pre-divided boxes, insert items in their appropriate compartments;
- Fill any empty space in the box with packing peanuts, towels or paper to prevent breakables from moving around. This includes adding a layer to the top prior to sealing the box.
Seal the top of the box with tape and label each box as “fragile.” This will remind anyone handling the boxes to be careful when transporting or stacking.
# Sentimental Items
Well, the best way to pack your favourite valuables for storage is not to pack them at all. If they are really sentimental to you, keep them by your side, or another thing you can do is to give them away to the most close people in your life.
It is necessary to store documents in containers or archival boxes that have to be acid-free. When packing letter-size folders you should follow some guidelines. It’s best to place the folders in a box with a size that will fit them. Position the files in vertical position, facing the side of the box and fill in the rest of the space with paper documents. Place labels on the exterior of the boxes to make it easy to identify their content.
It’s important to pack the container densely with paper records which provide added safety and a greater chance that your documents will be salvageable in case of fire, air or water damage.
Like any fragile item, it’s important to take extra care when storing these types of items.
- Clean according to manufacturer instructions. Do not take measures on your own;
- Would be the best if you pack into original packaging. Тhis ensures it is protected and packed as securely as possible;
- If not! If you no longer have original packaging, pack it in a moving-grade box, surrounded by plenty of crushed paper;
- Label the box. Write down what’s in it, and FRAGILE;
- More tips on storing electronics.
And, there you have it. Some helpful packing for a move/storage tips for everyone. Hopefully, you’re finally done and about to start a new page at the new place.