As CEO of Parsifal Corporation, Mark Olsen has led the three-decades-old company in executing complex corporate and individual relocations across North America. With a nationwide network of offices, Parsifal Corporation’s Mark Olsen leverages the company’s experience and innovative practices to make moving easier and hassle-free for clients.
Here are a few tips for successful packing before you move:
1) Plan early
Unless you don’t have much personal property, you’ll have to plan early. Sift through all your belongings and make a list of everything you don’t plan on taking with you. Give these things to charity or hold a garage sale. Clean your laundry so you won’t be carrying any damp clothes. Check your insurance to see if it covers any moving-related breakages.
2) Get boxes
You’ll need boxes, lots of them. Get them in various sizes. Corrugated cardboard boxes are stronger, so use these for heavier items. Remember not to fill up large boxes with too many heavy things as they may be difficult to carry. Get some newspapers to wrap fragile items in before packing, bubble wrap to layer the inside of boxes, and strong tape to close the boxes after packing. Self-sealing freezer bags are great for storing nuts and bolts, nails, and similar things.
3) Make a list
Start with a high-priority list of everything your family will need on the first day at your new home. It’s unlikely you will unpack everything immediately upon arriving. The priority list should include everyday items such as a first-aid kit, coffee, tea, cups, plates, snacks, tissue, toothbrushes, soap, and kitchen utensils. Afterward, convert your notebook into record keeping system. Assign a number to every box and list the contents of that box in a corresponding numbered page on your notebook. Be as descriptive as possible when describing the contents, to make quick and easy retrieval possible. And remember to pack hazardous materials like bleach, paint, and aerosols in their own box and mark the box clearly.