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Tips for Saving Space When Packing

If you are preparing to move, you will likely find that you have much more to pack then you ever thought. First you start packing the obvious things, like books, items stored in your attic or basement or knick-knacks. You will likely find that you have completely underestimated how many boxes to buy so you make a few more trips to the store for boxes of all sizes. So, before you get started think about a few well-tested moving tips.

Of course the more that you pack the more expensive and labor intensive your move is going to become. You need to find a way to save some space when you are packing. The most obvious first step is to get rid of anything you haven’t touched in a while. Donate items to a non-profit or charity organization, throw absolute junk away and spend a Saturday morning holding a yard sale so that you can get a little extra income for the move you are embarking upon.

Depending on how long you have lived in your current location, you should be able to reorganization or throw away a lot of the things you haven’t used in the past 24mos. Try not to be to sentimental through this process or you will find yourself staring at the same useless items in ten more years when you move again, but not before.

The kitchen is one area that your packing will take up a lot of space. You may be tempted to wrap every dish, bowl, plate or glass. Keep like items together so that they nest well. Wrap bowls and cups and nest them in each other. You can put three or more bowls together and then wrap the group in paper. Wine glasses and more breakable items should be wrapped more abundantly and packed rather tightly so that they cannot move around. You can put old t-shirts, rags and blankets in the boxes for padding as well. Think about the smaller items you can put in the gaps. You can certainly buy special boxes for packing glasses or cups, and this will save space but not necessarily money as all these specialty boxes can be quite expensive.

Some of the moving supplies you will need include moving blankets to protect your furniture, rolls of packing tape to both secure your boxes and the moving blankets around your furniture, boxes galore and wrapping paper. If you are doing the move yourself you will also need a truck and dolly, as well as some friends you don’t mind becoming indebted to for their next move.

Above all else, consider hiring professional movers. Unless you are still quite young and unhindered by small children, you will find that moving day, week and weekend leave you busy with many details in addition to the back-breaking work of moving your heavy and abundant belongings. It’s worth every penny if you get a highly recommended mover. You should get estimates and detailed cost breakdowns from your mover and make sure all the fine print is spelled out.