Moving can be an ordeal with many steps involved. There are a lot of things that are on your plate when you are moving such as ensuring you have a buyer for your home, making sure that you have a job lined up if you’re moving to a new city or state, getting your children registered in their new schools, and one of the most important aspects: packing.
Packing up your house or apartment can be time-consuming and unorganized. It is like an art. Not everyone is a pro, but you can learn how to avoid common mistakes. Packing can be simple and easy if you are prepared with the right knowledge before you even begin. This preparedness will help you in your overall moving process because everything will fit properly in boxes, which will properly fit into a moving van or truck. So before you start packing up your home, take a moment to read this article as we go over the common mistakes made while packing so you know how to avoid them.
Common Packing Mistake #1: No Planning Ahead
Not making a packing plan is one of the most common mistakes that occur when parking for a move. If you decide to just dive right into packing then you run the risk of inefficiency. This will cause physical and mental exhaustion because you were not prepared for the amount of time that it would take to pack your things. The best way to avoid this mistake is by coming up with a plan a day or two before the day you plan to pack. This way, you have a game plan of how to proceed from room to room, which room to begin with, and an idea of how much time you anticipate needing to pack each room.
Common Packing Mistake #2: You Don’t Allot Yourself Enough Time to Pack
The second common mistake that you can run into when packing is that you do not give yourself enough time to pack. This is the quickest way to stress yourself out and become overwhelmed during the packing process. You will find that you are rushing to pack all of your things by the deadline you set for yourself. When you rush to pack things, you will inevitably not pack things correctly, which could result in potentially broken items due to a hasty packing job.
In order to avoid this mistake, you should overestimate how much time you think you will need. A simple packing guideline to follow is to assume that packing a studio or one-bedroom home/apartment takes 2 to 3 days to pack. Then with each additional bedroom, add a couple more days. The last thing is to ensure that you are including time for you to do your regular, everyday tasks, such as eating and running errands.
Common Packing Mistake #3: Not Enough Supplies
The worst thing that will interrupt your packing flow is having to stop and run to the store for more supplies. Imagine: You are in the groove of packing. Things are going smoothly. You made a plan like you were supposed to do. You reach for the next box or for the packing tape, and lo and behold, neither are there. Now you have to stop and go out into the world to purchase more. This not only throws off the mental packing space you were in, but it makes it even harder to get back in it once you return, and you have lost valuable time. The best way to avoid this is to buy more supplies than you think you will need. There are also guides and supplies estimators that can help you calculate how much you think you will need.
At a certain point in time while you are packing or even before you start, you may realize that this is going to be a bigger task than you can handle on your own. This is where Watford Moving & Storage can step in and help. All of our movers are experienced in moving families and businesses residentially and commercially. You can easily come in to one of our locations in the Santa Clarita and other Los Angeles County areas to talk with one of our staff members to find out more information about how to make your moving process simpler.