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Properly Protect and Pack Your Belongings With This Practical Guide (Part 1)

Though moving is definitely exciting, it can be equally as stressful for those who don’t properly prepare for the process. After you’re done hiring a moving company, there’s much more to do than simply throw your belongings in boxes for the movers and be on your way. But by taking some steps to plan your packing process, you can make the entire ordeal more efficient. Here’s part one of our guide that will explore some of the best tips to keep you organized when you’re preparing for a move.

Declutter and Downsize
Most people do take this step when they’re moving, but many don’t quite dispose of enough unnecessary items, and they end up right back in storage. The most expensive places to rent storage in the United States are San Francisco ($160/month), Los Angeles ($153/month), San Jose ($153/month), New York ($137/month), and San Diego ($137/month), but regardless of where you’re moving to or from, the more unnecessary items you can get rid of, the better.

“Be ruthless with your stuff. That coat you think is cute but haven’t worn in four months? Donate it. The very first coffee maker you ever bought that flavors your morning brew with little pieces of rust? Trash it,” writes Paige Smith on MakeSpace.

Sort by Category, Not by Room
Many people also tend to pack their belongings based on room: bedroom, bathroom, etc. While this may seem efficient, it doesn’t incorporate how fragile certain items may be. Try to stay focused on one area of each room at a time. Start with categories like clothes, move on to books, kitchenware, etc. Keeping similar items grouped together is the best way to pack when moving.

Keeping these tips in mind can help ensure a quick and easy transition to your new home. Of course, hiring a moving company with your best interest in mind is also essential. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll discuss some more smart tips to help you pack with precision, and for more information about moving services, contact PDX Movers.


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