Robert Keith

3 Box Packing hacks From Removalists

It's finally almost time for the big move, but before you can set out on your next great adventure, you must climb the mountain called packing. While it can be tempting to rush through the process and get it behind you, if you take a little extra time, and employ these ingenious packing hacks, you'll save yourself an incredible amount of effort when moving day arrives. Whether you're hiring a Brisbane company to assist in your move, or you're planning on doing it yourself, smart packing can save you time and money.

Minimize the Boxes

Who says you need boxes to have a successful move? You don't, that is if you have enough suitcases, laundry baskets, and trash cans laying around your home. Instead of stacking and packing these items empty, you can fill them up as full as possible, ensuring they're not just wasting space. 

Suitcases obviously make a great space for clothes and linens. Laundry baskets make a great container for more gangly objects, such as small electronics and appliances, pillows, and shoes. Trash cans may not seem to be the best way to move your stuff, but since they have to come, you can find a use for them. Consider putting household cleaners, tools, and anything else you don't mind getting a little dirty, right in the can. 

The benefits here are twofold, in that you'll not only save a lot of space in the moving truck, potentially even allowing you to rent a smaller truck, but you also, of course, save on boxes, which can get quite expensive if you have to purchase them instead of getting them from friends or dumpsters.

Maximize the Boxes

Unless you have an unusually high amount of suitcases, laundry baskets, and trash cans that you need to move, you will, inevitably, need at least a few boxes. Boxes, while entirely ubiquitous, can be made to be, in a way, quite form-fitting and customized to your specific possessions. To accomplish this, first, pack up the box as you normally would, trying out different configurations to find out which one allows the most stuff to fit inside. 

Then, instead of using expensive packing material to fill in the gaps and protect your possessions, use extra clothing and linens to fill in the space. Doing so allows you to transport more of these soft items without needing extra boxes. Additionally, because fabric tends to be more moldable than, say, bubble wrap, your fragile items will stay even more protected during the move. Plus, you don't have to buy any extra packing material, perhaps being able to reward yourself with a new outfit or two to add to the items you used to help you move.

Scrutinize the Boxes

Once you've got all your boxes (and laundry baskets, suitcases, and trash cans) packed, it's important to label them clearly. If you can, write exactly or generally what is inside the box on the outside of the box, so you will be able to quickly determine if it needs to go right to its final destination, or to a more general storage area for later unpacking. 

Additionally, write the room the box is destined for on the top, bottom, and each side of the box, as you never know what direction it will end up in the truck, and you need to be able to see the label when it's stacked up in the truck to make sure you get everything for one room unloaded before beginning the next. Lastly, for extra ease in determining where something is headed, use colored tape on the box, so you can know at a glance exactly where it needs to be.

While packing can certainly be a chore, doing it the right way the first time will not only save you money, but also ensure that each and every one of your items will arrive at their destination safe and sound.