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There are many things to consider when moving. One is packing. In order to safely transport your items to your new destination, it’s essential to consider how you will be packing your precious possessions. How do you decide where and how to start? This quick guide should steer you in the right direction, making you feel a little more relaxed about your big move.

First of all, you need to decide which items will be making the move with you. Moving provides you with the best opportunity to de-clutter and say goodbye to items that you do not need, use or even like.

It’s wise to start collecting essentials as soon as you decide to make a move. Black bags are no good since they easily rip and don’t provide much protection. Boxes are the best option, since they not only provide protection to your items, but are also easy to transport and will not break easily.

If you want to use black bags for clothing, linen, blankets, etc., it is advisable that you buy thick black bags. If unavailable, doubling and even tripling standard bags will provide you with a little more strength.

Boxes can be found at work, stores, and warehouses may offer to pass on some of their waste boxes. Moving/packing kits are also available and can be purchased from moving companies. 

So now that you have your boxes, and have decided on the items that you cannot do without, it’s time to start packing. Always start by packing non-essential items. There is no use in packing something which you are going to use or need on a regular basis before moving.

Bear in mind that packed boxes should not be too heavy, since you and others will be picking them up at some point. Always place heavier items at the bottom of the box and make sure that you don’t overpack – your boxes must be sealable. Soft items such as pillow cases, hats and scarves can be used to fill in crevices in the boxes. Not only does it save space, but also provides slight padding and protection to your other items. Any loose items should be bagged individually before being packed into the box. Similarly, small objects should be packed in smaller boxes. It is then advisable to pack these smaller boxes into larger boxes. Fragile items such as those made of glass should be appropriately wrapped in bubble wrap to avoid any breakages.

When it comes to packing liquids, make sure that the lids are tight. Using some extra strong tape to tape the bottle or container lid would further make the item less prone to leaking and potentially destroying other objects. An additional safety measure would be to put the container into a waterproof bag. 

Packing furniture can often be tricky, since it has to be undone. Bag all nuts, bolts and screws and tape these to the bottom of the furniture. This will keep nuts and bolts with their corresponding piece of furniture.

Organisation is the key. Keep an inventory list that corresponds to each box. This will help you identify items in your boxes and acts as a checklist to ensure that all your boxes end up at the new destination. Another alternative is to label the boxes directly. Additionally, you may wish to add instructional labels such as “fragile” to avoid any breakages, either by you or the movers.

These hints and tips should make your packing experience a little less stressful, giving you more time to enjoy your move.