If you are moving house, there are plenty of different things you can do to take the stress out moving. However, one of the most important things you can do is ensuring that you pack up your belongings early. Don’t leave it to the last minute – as this will result in stress-induced chaos. This could mean you damage items by not packing them correctly, or leave something behind that you’ll later need.

With that in mind, here are some tips that will help you pack like a pro in no time!

1: Get all the materials you need

Packing to move house is far more complicated than grabbing a few boxes and hoping for the best, especially if you are moving cross-country. Therefore, you will need the following materials at hand: 

  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Scissors 
  • A range of boxes of different sizes, including heavy-duty boxes for heavier items.
  • Labels

If you are hiring a cross-country moving company to help transport your belongings, such as 

North American Van Lines, will likely supply you with all of the materials you need ahead of time – meaning that you are ready and raring to go come moving day. They are also on hand to answer any questions you may have and ensure the safe and secure pick up, transfer, and delivery of your belongings.

2: Pack smartly

It’s likely that you don’t need to take every single thing you own with you – especially if you are trying to declutter during the moving process. Therefore, when it comes to packing, it is essential that you make smart decisions. If an item is no longer used, why bother bringing it with you? Instead, donate it to a local charity or sell it online to earn a bit of extra cash. 

3: Make the most of space

The fewer boxes you need to move, the less money it will cost you. Therefore, you must maximize your available space and make smart decisions. For example, if you have plenty of clothes to pack, why not use a suitcase to transport them? It’s likely that you’d be bringing the suitcase along anyway, and there is no sense in it being empty – and if you pack smartly, you’ll be able to pack plenty of items into your suitcase.

4: Start small

Although packing early is essential if you want a stress free move, you also need to ensure that you don’t pack everything you need right away. For example, you should start by packing items that you don’t use very often, or will not need before the move. Alternatively, you could start packing a room at a time, again basing it on how often the room is used. For example, if you have a guest bedroom or office, this is a good place to start. As you pack, leave any essential items till last – such as your kettle – so that you can access them quickly when you arrive at your new home and don’t have to search through boxes to find them. 

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