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    For an effortless and stress-free move, it is important to plan well in advance. Because once the time for packing comes, it can be confusing and hard to decide what to do first. Thus it is imperative to have a checklist. Otherwise, you run a risk of forgetting something and having problems down the line. So it does not matter if you are moving down the street or long-distance. With a proper packing order, you will save not only time but money too. This is something moving companies in North Carolina have a lot of experience with. And to help you pack stress-free, we have prepared a perfect packing checklist. By following these steps, you will move to your new home quickly and with ease.

    Declutter is the first thing on your packing checklist

    If you have lived in your home for a long time, you are bound to have a lot of stuff. And a lot of things mean more time spent packing. One way to lessen the workload is to declutter. Start by going through your home, room by room, and writing down all the things you do not need. Also, consider giving away some of it to family and friends. However, if you decide to keep some of it for later use, climate controlled storage Greensboro NC is a perfect place to keep it safe and properly stored. And if you are looking for a way to earn a few bucks, organize a yard sale. Invite the neighbors and have fun bargaining and socializing.

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    Decluttering your home before packing will lessen the workload

    Packing materials are a must on a proper packing list

    There are many ways you can go about when organizing packing. But you can not start without packing materials. So before you start packing for a long-distance move, make sure you have everything. Therefore add to your packaging checklist things like cardboard boxes, duct tape, bubble wraps, and plastic wraps. In case you are trying to save money, ask your friend and neighbors if they have some that you could use. Using second-hand material is not only good for the planet but your budget too. Also, check out local stores and bars because they usually have extra boxes they do not need. Of course, if you are planning long term, the best thing you can do is buy some quality boxes. They will last longer, and you will be able to use them multiple times.

    Labeling is a step many beginners overlook when making a moving checklist

    A regular household has a lot of small and big items that have to be packed. And all of them will be wrapped and put into boxes. Of course, it would be perfect if everything can have its box. Unfortunately, this is impossible to do. Not only would it take a lot of time and effort to do, but the number of containers would be staggering. So to pack professionally, everything needs to fit into a limited number of boxes. And once you seal everything, there is no way to know what is inside. Therefore, it is important to add to your moving list the proper labeling. So make sure to write down on the side of the box what is inside. Consequently, by knowing what is inside, you will need less time to unpack.

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    The packing itinerary should always include proper labeling

    An essential part of your packing agenda is making sure not to overload the boxes

    We all want to have a minimum number of boxes to load into a moving van. And that is ok. But the mistake many first-timers make is overloading the containers. For it can be a huge problem down the road. Especially if you are using regular cardboard boxes. In fact, that is the trap that many people fall into. Because they come in such a variety of sizes, we immediately think that the bigger ones can withstand more load.

    Unfortunately, this is not the case with cardboard. So be careful not to be tempted to put too much stuff in. For they can easily break, and you might end up with everything spilling out on the driveway. The other reason this is on the moving worklist is to make them light enough to carry. Namely to protect you from getting injured by lifting too much.

    Properly secure breakables for the move

    Packing items like glasses, plates, and mirrors, is the most tricky part of the moving process. Many think it is easy and end up with boxes filled with broken pieces. To avoid this, make sure this step is on your packing checklist. So to start, you will need a bubble wrapper or some old newspapers. Because when packing breakables, there must be enough cushioning. For once you move them, they are bound to bounce around.

    Therefore, make sure to put enough crumbled paper between the items. Or wrap them tightly with bubble wrap. Also, you can use clothes and other soft materials to protect them from damage. Just make sure to carefully unpack them once you move because they can get entangled.

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    Protecting breakable items should be at the top of your packing checklist

    A proper packing plan and a checklist save time and energy

    For beginners, packing can be a daunting job. But with proper planning and a packing checklist, you can do it quickly and stress-free. So to start, make sure to get rid of all the unnecessary stuff. One of the ways to do it is to donate to a charity organization and thus help people in need. Secondly, make sure to have all the packing material. Also, to protect yourself and the items, do not overload the boxes. Furthermore, once you seal the containers, label them so that you know what is inside them. But most importantly do not forget to have fun. Invite family and friends and spend a day enjoying their company and the work.

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