Entry-level guide to packing your apartment

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    If you are about to go through a relocation process, you will need to have all your belongings packed and ready to go when the moving truck arrives. However, the packing process is something that can be challenging and time-consuming. You may want to make the process easier on yourself in any way that you can. The easiest solution is to hire a professional moving company such as True Blue Moving Group Tampa Bay Area to take care of all your packing needs. Your movers can take all of the work on their shoulders, freeing your time and energy for other matters. But if you want to pack your stuff on your own, then the best thing is to learn about how to do it efficiently. And that is what this article is going to be all about. We will provide you with simple steps that will make packing your apartment a lot easier.

    Packing your apartment easily in 7 steps

    Couple carrying boxes down a flight of stairs.
    Organization is key during the packing process.

    Without any further ado, here’s what you will want to do:

    • Create a plan
    • Start as early as you can
    • Ask friends and family members for help
    • Declutter while packing
    • Create an inventory list
    • Obtain packing supplies
    • Keep one room intact until the moving day

    You will, of course, need to adapt to your specific situation, as well. If you have a lot of plants, for example, you may need to go through the necessary preparations as well. But for the most part, between this article and your long distance movers West Palm Beach FL, you will have nothing to worry about. Simply follow the steps and you will have your items good to go before you know it!

    Create a plan

    Every great venture starts with a good plan. Packing is no different, and you might want to sit down with your family and talk things through. Every apartment has rooms that are used more and those that are used less. You will want to figure out all the logistics of your day-to-day life after some of your items are inside moving boxes. That will enable you to have a much easier time leading to the moving day itself. If you plan on utilizing packing services FL, add that into your calculations at this stage, as well. While there will, of course, be some deviations from the plan (as no plan survives the contact with the enemy – old military proverb), you should be able to account for most of the issues you may encounter.

    Start as early as you can when packing your apartment

    Right after you create the plan, start with your efforts immediately. The earlier you start, the better. Most people underestimate how time-consuming packing actually can be, and they find themselves in a situation where they need to pack most of their belongings in a short period of time. Try not to fall into this “trap”, try to start as early as possible. Furthermore, by starting early you will be able to divide the work into more manageable “chunks”. That being said, if you are hiring residential movers West Palm Beach FL to assist you with the packing process, it does not really matter when you start, as they will be able to pack everything in record time.

    Ask friends and family members for help

    Three friends in the back of a moving company van, laughing.
    Your friends can help you create a fun atmosphere.

    Even if you start on time, there will be a lot to do. Let’s presume that you did not opt for packing services and have chosen to pack the apartment on your own. The more “hands on deck” that you have, the easier it is going to be. Furthermore, the presence of your friends and/or family members can enhance the atmosphere, making you feel like you’re not actually doing any work. You can create a fun event for everyone to participate in, even create some sort of reward structure. Adding gaming elements to an otherwise mundane task is a great way to enjoy your time. Besides, every minute spent with a loved one is precious in and of itself.

    Declutter while packing

    Every home has a lot of “clutter”. These are the items that you will never use, who are just “collecting dust” in your apartment. You will want to identify them, as carrying those belongings with you to your new home is all but pointless. Not only that, but these items will clutter up your new home as well! Therefore, try to declutter during the packing process, or even before it. If you are going to move across long distances, carrying fewer items with you will reduce the overall relocation price, as well.

    Packing your apartment 101 – Create an inventory list

    After you identify the items that will not be making the trek with you, it is time to create a list of belongings that will. Creating an inventory list is important in several regards. First, it will allow you to figure out how much supplies you will need (more on that shortly). Second, it will serve you well if any of your boxes were to be misplaced. When dealing with moving companies, it is always best to have an inventory list of your own and compare it with the one that your movers will provide you with. Lastly, if you create a detailed list of all of the items inside each box, it becomes effortless to unpack.

    Obtain packing supplies

    Pile of moving boxes.
    Every relocation process needs plenty of moving boxes.

    You are going to need moving boxes and assorted packing supplies. If you have finished your inventory list, you will have a good idea of how many of them you will need. While you can simply purchase all of the supplies from your movers, you can also visit your local convenience stores and ask for a box or two. More often than not, they will be happy to oblige. And if you have more time on your hands, you can scour the internet marketplaces for cheap supplies.

    Keep one room intact until the moving day

    The last, and perhaps the most important, thing to know about packing your apartment is to always have one room completely intact. Your apartment is going to be littered with moving boxes and might be in disarray for quite some time. It is very important to have a “safe spot” that will remind you that there is order in all that chaos. While, admittedly, it is not the most efficient way to pack, it is by far the best one for keeping your sanity throughout the process.

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