7 Important Things to Know Before You Start Packing

Packing for a relocation is not an easy job. Detailed planning and organization are crucial for avoiding any problems during this stage of moving home. For that reason, My International Movers have decided to put together some things you should know before you start packing.

1. Get rid of things that are not essential

Everyone likes to save things like keepsakes, favorite cups, or that lazy bag you bought when you were in college, and we all like to keep those things with us to remind us of some wonderful times. But what can you really take with you? When moving, the most important thing is to set aside the things that are in fact essential and will be of use to you after you move. There are many ways to get rid of unnecessary things, and some of them will actually make you feel great!

  • Organize a free donation pick up. That way, you can make it a lot easier on yourself and make someone else very happy, who wouldn’t like that?
  • Set aside things to sell. You can make a garage sale and have fun with it, of maybe try selling some of the things online or selling them to a second-hand shop that could help you raise some money and probably make moving even easier.
  • Trash it. Some of the things you will simply have to throw away, and be okay with it. Just think about all the great memories and new things that you are going to get in your new home.
  • You can even ask your friends to help you with the move and give them some of the things they like but were intended for selling, trashing or donating.


Obtain as many moving boxes as possible, and put everything into categories. Different categories go into different boxes with labels on them. On the labels, write not only what category is inside the box but also add what room they will be going into. Write clearly and be specific – that is the best way to prevent looking through boxes for an hour to find a single teapot. You can even use color-coded electrical tape for labeling your moving boxes. Fill your small boxes with heavy items like the books from your home library and use large ones for lighter stuff such as towels, pillows or bed sheets. You can also cut down on boxes by making all of your suitcases, laundry bins, bags, baskets and hampers work for you.

3. Protect fragile items with blankets, towels, bubble wrap or packing paper.

There are plenty of ways to protect your things, and almost all of them are good. What is important is that anything that could be broken while in the moving truck on the way to your new home is protected and wrapped in something. You don’t want to arrive and start to unpack and then realize that your mother’s vase got broken or that your new fine china is destroyed.

4. Change your address a week before your relocation.

Many people disregard this as less important or are simply convinced that they are going to remember to do this as soon as they move to the new location. However, moving can be very chaotic and simple things like this can slip your mind until one day you find yourself waiting for a letter or a shipment and realizing that it was delivered to your old address. So before you start obsessing over what things go into which box or whether you are going to take all of your books with you, change your address and you don’t have to worry about it at all.

5. Have a packing strategy!

This may seem like an unnecessary thing, but it is very important to have a plan or a strategy or you may get lost in all that moving chaos. Take your organization skills a bit further and spend an entire evening mapping out and planning everything you have to do. You can even get an oversized calendar and mark the empty fields with important daily tasks to prepare for your relocation.

6. Pack the things you are going to need right away separately.

It may happen that you don’t have the time to unpack as soon as you get to your new home, maybe it is too late, maybe you are too tired, or maybe something unexpected happens that prevents you from doing so the first day of your arrival. That is why you should pack a clear plastic box or a bag with things such as toilet paper, soap, a clean towel, change of clothes, a hairbrush, toothpaste, a toothbrush and so on, the things you would pack in an overnight bag and the things you need to feel relaxed and settled on your first night in the new apartment or house. Also, have your important belongings in a separate bag with you (could be the same bag where you put things you are going to need right away). These include personal documents or valuable and expensive jewelry, or basically anything that you wouldn’t like to misplace.

7. Consider items that will need special packaging and treatment.

Start packing your art pieces a lot earlier so that you have time to figure out what’s the best way to pack it. Paintings can get ripped, sculptures damaged, and your heart broken over something you really wanted to bring into your new home. You can always try asking the people from your moving company about special crating. If you decide to wrap your belongings yourselves, here’s a tip: Don’t wrap oil paintings in regular paper because it will stick. For pictures in frames, behind glass, take a masking tape and make an X across the glass to prevent it from shattering and make it stronger. Even if it somehow breaks, the tape will hold it all together and you won’t have shards of glass all over your box. Then, you can wrap the picture in paper or bubble wrap and then put it in a frame box, and you’re good to go. Also, if you’re stacking framed pictures one on top of the other, make sure to put a piece of cardboard between each framed piece for protection.

If this all sounds like a little more than you can handle, don’t worry. My International Movers offer, among other things, professional packing services. With us, you won’t even have to lift a finger. Our professional packers will make sure all your belongings are packed properly and protected during transport. Feel free to contact My International Mover for more information.