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DIY Packing Tips


DIY Packing Tips


Moving can be both an exciting and stressful experience. The first step after you research and select a professional Seattle Mover is to start the planning process. One of the more stressful parts of the moving process can be packing. If you plan to do the packing yourself, here are some helpful DIY packing tips to safely and efficiently pack your household goods.

Create a Packing List


Create a list of every item you want to pack. Then, check each item off once you’ve packed them in the box. In this way, you can easily keep track of exactly what is inside your box.

Put Essential Documents Aside


It’s important to set aside important documents that you may need while in transit. These may include passports, moving papers, children’s school records, and tax information. You want to access these documents easily whenever needed.


Related post: DIY Packing Tips from Seattle Movers

Use Dish Pack Boxes for Breakables


Be sure to put your dishes and other fragile items in dish pack boxes. These exceptionally sturdy boxes are effective in protecting breakables.


You should put a lot of packing paper on the bottom of your dish pack boxes and wrap every item in packing paper. Then, load each item into the box like you’re loading a dishwasher. Avoid laying the breakables flat in the box.

Use Different Size Boxes Appropriately


Books and heavy items should go into smaller boxes. It’s important to pack items in an upright position. Lighter items such as toys, plastic containers, and bed linens should go into larger boxes.

Mark Boxes on All Sides


It’s important to mark all four sides of your packing boxes for easy identification. The information should include the destination room, the contents of the box, and which way up the box should be stored. Also, be sure to indicate if there are any fragile items in the box.

Pack Essentials in a Separate Box


Pack a small box with the items you may need quick access to during your move and immediately after arriving at your new place.


Your moving essentials box may include medications, basic toiletries, important documents, and a few changes of clothes. It will make an easier transition when you know where your essential items are. Mark this box as, “open first” or “essentials”. 

Pack Room by Room


While there are many approaches to packing, the “room by room” method is perhaps the simplest and most popular. With this approach, you’ll be clearing one room at a time.


You might want to start with the smallest, easiest-to-clear downstairs room so you can use it for storing your packed boxes.

Leave Your Clothes on the Hanger 


It’s a load of extra work to unhang clothes, fold them, pack them, and then unpack and hang them back up at your new place. Save yourself the hassle by leaving clothes on the hangers.You can pack the hanging clothes into a wardrobe box. One will hold about two feet of compressed clothing on hangers. 


These DIY packing tips will save you a lot of time and effort during your move.


If you need assistance packing some of the breakable items, marble, china, chandeliers, paintings, or other fragile items, we can help. 


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