You’ve found a new place, and now it is time to get organized! Packing can be the hardest part of the moving process, but can also be the best time to declutter and reorganize. Knowing how to pack certain items, what boxes to use, when to begin and how to organize can be a great help when beginning the moving process. Tips for the move: Declutter It’s critical to make sure that you’re not packing items that you don’t need. Decluttering can help make your move less stressful by making your workload lighter and more organized. Start by putting items in categories of keep, sell, donate, or toss. This will help the overall moving-in process to be more organized and clean as well. Labeling Labeling your moving boxes can make the process much smoother. Whether using colored markers, box sizes, or a different labeling system, some kind of labeling method will help you get everything in order to go and unpack. What to Pack First? Begin with rarely used areas in your household, such as storage closets, junk areas, etc. Then work your way to the more used areas. You’ll be able to declutter the things you’ve stashed away, and you won’t have to get by without the everyday essentials. Use Boxes Properly Many times, people think that the heavy items go in the large boxes, and lighter items in the small boxes; but the opposite is true. Be sure to place heavy items in smaller boxes, and lighter items in larger boxes. Items to Pack Separately There are some items that can be dangerous to pack along with other items. These items include fire extinguishers, ammonia, chlorine granules, batteries, paints, and varnishes. Be sure to keep these packed separately, or not at all. If you don’t know what’s allowed in the moving truck, talk to your moving/truck rental company for more information about what’s allowed. For example, here at Goal Line Moving we can’t take liquid products unless they are in plastic containers. We also ask that you remove gas from all lawn care and other equipment. Make Lists Lists are the saving grace of most big things in life, including moving. Start with a list of categories and an order for which items to pack first. This will make a big difference in the moving process, especially when you’re unpacking and trying to find something specific. Being able to cross off your lists can help keep you calm and stress free, and can also help make sure everything is in order and is on track of where it needs to be at what time. There aren’t always easy ways around life's difficulties and stressors, but with moving, there can be steps to make sure it’s a little easier than anticipated. Make sure to take time to plan out what your move looks like beforehand, and most importantly, the day of the move. Having a step-by-step plan of what your day looks like can help the process for both you and the movers. Check out more tips on how to minimize stress while moving, or common mistakes to avoid when moving.