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Essential Packing & Unpacking Strategies for Stress-Free Moves 

Moving is one of those inevitable things we’ll all experience, whether relocating apartments or heading to a new state for a fresh start. While it’s an exciting time, it can also be a bit stressful. You have to buy moving essentials, downsize your belongings, pack up your home, transfer services, etc., etc. But moving doesn’t have to be all aches and pains. When you partner with a residential moving company like Maffucci Moving & Storage, we can help you with your plan of attack for packing and unpacking.   

Maffucci’s team has been helping customers move efficiently and with minimal stress for more than 100 years. We can provide you with helpful packing tips or box everything up for you and do all the heavy lifting. It’s never too early to start thinking about your method for packing and moving. With the help of Maffucci Moving & Storage, it’ll seem like hardly any work.  

Essential Packing Supplies 

If you’ve decided to pack yourself, it’s time to look at what packing entails. The sooner you can start assembling supplies, the better off you’ll be. This way, you’ll save yourself from running around at the last minute looking for packing essentials. For the most part, the things you’ll need for packing are straightforward, like boxes of various sizes, packing paper, a box cutter, and markers. Your packing checklist should include: 

• Scissors 

• Mattress bags 

• Packing tape 

• Labels 

• Toolset 

• Heavy-duty trash bags 

• Shrink wrap 

• Bubble wrap 

Efficient Packing Techniques 

As a moving company in business for over ten decades, we’ve learned a few foolproof packing tips. If this isn’t your first moving rodeo, you might have a method that works best for you. But you might maximize your efficiency by considering these tried and true packing and unpacking strategies.  

Start Well in Advance 

If you know your move-in date well in advance, start packing when you find out, and you’ll be less stressed when the date finally rolls around. Keep steady progress, like packing two boxes a day, one room at a time. This method will help you stay organized and on track. 

A Clear Labeling System and Inventory Sheet 

Evaluate what you don’t mind parting with. Then, make a list of each item you’re keeping. When labeling boxes, list the room they belong in and their contents. Next, number them, and on your inventory sheet, list the box number and the room it belongs to. Make sure the labeling is clear and on each side of the box.  

Packing and Box Optimization  

When packing smaller items, nest them inside larger items to maximize limited space. Wrap as many things as you can in clothing and blankets to make the most of what you already have. Only fill large boxes halfway and use lighter objects to take up the remaining space. Use smaller boxes for heavy items to minimize the risk of injury.  

Carry Valuables with You 

Always keep important documents and valuable items with you during your move. Or, have a trusted person hold on to them for you until you’ve settled in. Better to play it safe as replacing passports, IDs, and banking information is a pain. 

Moving Day Bag and Box 

Set aside a few outfits, toiletries, a phone charger, medications, pajamas, and anything else you’ll need for the first few days in your new place. In another box labeled “moving day needs,” place what you’ll need handy during the move, including a toolbox, tape, furniture pads or a moving blanket, and cleaning supplies.  

Packing Fragile Items 

For fragile items, use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or packing paper and double-tape the bottom of the box. Pack your dishes on their sides to minimize the chance of breakage, though cups can be placed standing up if wrapped carefully. Use your sturdiest boxes with dividers, label them as delicate, and remember to pack heavier items on the bottom. Place extra padding between fragile items so they don’t chip, scratch, or break.  

For Fragile Artwork 

If you have a piece of fine art or an antique you’re unsure how to pack best, work with Maffucci’s specialized movers. Our team is well-versed in efficiently packing and unpacking fragile art and antiques, so no harm comes to the item. We will:  

• Clean it so the protection properly adheres to it 

• Wrap them in a protective layer to avoid scratches and keep it clean 

• Wrap with a blanket or foam to minimize vibrations 

• Place it in a moving crate to protect it from tumbles 

• Load it last and unload it first to avoid damages 

Streamlining the Unpacking Process 

Once you’ve moved into your new place, you’ll need to begin unpacking. If you dread this part of moving, you’re not alone. However, we might be able to offer you some relief. Follow the steps below for an efficient unpacking process that will save you time and energy.  

• Clean before unpacking items  

• Finish any repairs  

• Plan the room layout ahead of time 

• Mark off your inventory as you unpack 

• Start with the necessities  

• Place boxes directly in their designated rooms 

• Reference photos of disassembled furniture  

• Unpack room by room on a deadline 

• Install shelving or other furniture needs 

• Unbox decorations last 

Maffucci Moving & Storage – Providing Flawless Moves for 100 Years 

Moving is a process. And a stressful one at that if you have the wrong packing partner. Maffucci Moving & Storage is a full-service moving company committed to helping people have the best experience possible. Our team will ensure you have all the moving essentials with our transparent pricing, top-notch communication, and customer-centric approach. 

Contact Maffucci when you’re ready to move but don’t want to do it alone. We’ll provide you with a free moving estimate and offer advice built on decades of knowledge to provide you with a smooth move. For a packing and unpacking partner you can count on, choose Maffucci Moving & Storage.  

By maffuccimoving May 13, 2024