5 Common Packing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (for a move)

Moving into a new home is something many people look forward to, but the moving process itself is never anyone’s favorite part of the move. It’s tedious and time-consuming, and many people find it hard to part with things they’ve had forever despite not using them in years. The art of packing for a move is delicate, and it’s why you cannot make these five common mistakes.

Mistake: You Don’t Have A Plan

Don’t go into packing haphazardly and without a plan. You must have a plan of action, a way to make the packing easier, and a way to keep track of items. You should create a plan, write it down, and check it off as you go. It’s what makes the situation easier and more streamlined.

Mistake: You Don’t Pack Correctly

Throwing whatever fits into a box so you don’t waste space is not the best packing method around. It’s best to keep boxes labeled with room names such as “Kitchen,” “Master Bathroom,” and “Office,” and only place items from those rooms in those boxes. Doing this allows movers to know where to put the boxes when they come into your new home so you can unpack faster and more efficiently.

Mistake: You Procrastinate

The moment you know you’re moving, start packing. Even if your house is going on the market in two weeks and you don’t know when you’re moving, start packing. Get rid of what you don’t need, pack what you can’t use right now, and start downsizing your belongings. You’re moving into a new home, and taking old items you don’t need, want, or use is pointless. Start packing immediately. It makes the entire move easier.

Mistake: You Don’t Pack the Essentials Separately

When you move into your new home, you’re going to need a few things right away. Towels for showers, shower supplies, your coffee pot and mugs, and a few other items you cannot go a day without are all necessities. Keep them in their own box marked “Need Right Away” and put it where it’s easily accessible. After a long day of moving, you’ll be relieved these are where you can find them.

Mistake: You Refuse Help 

You cannot move by yourself. Whether you allow friends and family to help you with this process or you simply hire a professional, you do need help. It’s a big job, and doing it on your own is never a good idea. Be efficient, and ask for help or hire help to make the move easier.

Moving can be a stressful situation when you think about it, but these tips can help you remove some of the stress and make it easier as a whole. Make a list, check it twice, and be sure you’re covering yourself in every situation. You’ll be surprised how much simpler it is to move when you have a plan.

Written By Ryan Cooper