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When you are moving, you want your new home to be as cozy as your old one. You will wish to pack as many items as you can to recreate the feeling. But, packing many items will increase the cost of the move, so try not to overpack. Contact your local Stittsville movers and get a free estimate. This way you will know how much money you will spend, and pack accordingly. Room by room packing will help you sort out which items are essential, and which are not. No matter what you do, the process will be time-consuming, but if you follow this quick guide you will save a lot of energy.

General Packing Advice

There are some general tips and tricks that you can use regardless of how you are packing. Whether you are packing rooms selectively, putting seasonal items in storage, or just getting rid of stuff you don’t use, these are guidelines you should try to follow. 

Don’t Waste Time

Start packing early. Packing is a laborious task, and no matter how good you are at it, it will take time. You will be more stressed the closer the day of the move comes. If you are forced to rush things, you may do the job poorly. The items won’t be packed properly and could be damaged during transport. Packing your entire household in the span of a few days is an extremely draining task. Start preparing well in advance, and pack a couple of boxes each day. That way, you will be ready to go by the time the day of the move comes.

Organize Your Items

The more items you plan on packing, the more energy you will expend. Additionally, the cost of the move will increase proportionally. Try to pack only important items. Expensive and useful items and items of sentimental value should be your priority. Later, if you have time, you can add additional secondary items. Transporting unwanted items will cost you time and money. If you have furniture that you won’t be able to use in your new home, think about selling it. Alternatively, you can contact furniture movers Ottawa to transport and store your belongings in a storage unit.

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Allow professional movers to help you pack room by room.

Check What is Allowed for Transport

Each state has its laws on what items are allowed to be transported and stored. Generally, hazardous items, items that could cause damage, and things dangerous to the environment are governed by special regulations. Do some research before you start packing. Contact professional movers Ottawa to ask them for advice on what items can be transported. Additionally, the moving company you are using may have specific by-laws they follow, so also research that. Room by room packing is difficult; if you have to unpack and repack, you will only cause yourself unnecessary heartache.

Make a Packing Schedule

Set reasonable deadlines for packing, and try to follow them. You will already be very busy packing your rooms, so it would not be surprising if things slipped your mind. Set reminders or mark days on a calendar. Have a reminder you can check every so often – it will help you stay on schedule. Give yourself more free time than necessary. You never know what might take more of your time than planned. A good schedule will save you from getting stressed out. The worst thing that can happen is that you gave yourself too little time, and have to pack everything in the span of a few days. This will force you to ask for help and mistakes are likely to happen. Make a schedule well in advance, and adjust it as necessary.

Select a Room for Storage

Room by room packing is efficient, but you will still need room to store the items. Chose a room that will not be used while packing, and designate it as a storage room. Pack that room first to clear up space. As you start packing the other rooms, move the boxes into your storage area. This will make your house more tidy and organized. If you have boxes lying around everywhere, it will make the whole process of packing more difficult. Do the smart thing, and store all the items that you can in one room.

Packing the Kitchen

This will be one of the biggest challenges you will face, so you may want to do it first. There are many small and fragile objects here. Sort them out and pack them first. You will want to remove everything from the cupboards before you start packing them. Next, pack all the large non-essential items. Decide what you will need to use until the move and pack it last. Appliances like the fridge and stove may be something you will need until moving day, so they are last on the packing list. If you intend to take furniture from your kitchen, pack it. Packing the kitchen is a challenge, so do it first.

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Packing the kitchen is difficult.

Packing the Living Room and Dining Room

The living and dining rooms contain similar items, so the room packing guidelines are similar. Most likely, you will have to pack heavy furniture and electronics. Separate the essentials and non-essentials. Leave the dining table and chairs for the last day, but pack everything else. Your family can do without a couch for a week. Next, pack the electronics you have laying around. Items in these rooms are heavy and may increase the cost of the move. Contact long-distance movers Ottawa for a free estimate, and see if you can get rid of something.

Packing the Garage

Packing the garage is a difficult job, due to the many items you have likely stored. You have tools, chemicals, and many other small items. Throw out anything hazardous. Sort the items into boxes, and line them with protective materials. Recycle or give away anything superfluous. You don’t need 3 hammers and 9 brushes. Pick the most important items, and only pack them.

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Choose what you pack from the garage.

Packing the Bedroom 

When packing room by room, leave your bedroom for the end. You need beds and cribs to sleep on, so leave them for last. Pack everything else. Likely, you have many other small items in these rooms. Put them in separate boxes and place towels and sheets inside, so that nothing breaks.