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How to Pack Like a Pro for Moving Day

Moving can be very stressful, and you can feel this stress even after the move is over and you begin to unpack. Not only do you still have lots of work to do, but how you pack can make it even more difficult to unpack and get settled into your new home. You may find that items are damaged and need some fixing before they are ready to be used or things are so disorganised that it takes much longer to get your new home settled than your expected. To alleviate much of this stress, note a few tips on how to pack like a pro for moving day.

Roll your clothes

Rather than folding clothes, roll them before packing. This reduces wrinkling and creases that may form during the move process. Take a few minutes to be neat and organised about this; put clothes items out on a bed and gently roll them up, smoothing wrinkles as you go.

Keep clothes hanging

Your exception to the rule of rolling would be clothes that need to stay hanging. For those, invest in moving boxes with a rack at the top for hangers or wardrobe bags with a hole at the top. You can slide the hangers through the hole and keep items hung up during the move so they don't wrinkle or crease. To save money, get heavy-duty garbage bags and cut a small hole at the bottom; flip it upside down and use that as a garment bag, sliding it over your hanging clothes.

Cover furniture

Don't assume that you can pack a moving truck carefully and your upholstered furniture won't get torn or stained; your furniture removalists will probably recommend that furniture get covered even if they're pros in the industry. Furniture covers will help avoid tears and stains that can happen when you put different fabrics together and the colours rub off. For wood furniture, you can tape newspaper over the top and sides using painter's tape. Furniture removals will also go more smoothly if everything is covered because it's less likely to sustain damage while being put on or off the truck.

Know the packing material to use

It's never good to use newspaper on dishes and glasses as the ink can rub off and cause stains. Newspaper may not be thick enough for heavy objects like mirrors, as these can cut through the paper. Bubble wrap is usually better for these types of items, but note that it may scratch the screen of televisions. Use a soft fabric wrap for those items. When wrapping stemware, use tissue paper around the stem itself to protect it from breaking before wrapping it in bubble wrap.