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Packing your moving boxes efficiently offers many benefits. With the right packing techniques, you can reduce the number of moving boxes you use, reduce breakage and make unpacking more efficient, too!  Here are 7 tips to help your moving day go more smoothly.

Get rid of stuff!

For most people, moving doesn’t come as a surprise. Begin your move planning by getting rid of items you don’t use. Start this process 90 days before moving day. Be ruthless and aggressive! If you have a house full of stuff, consider renting a dumpster to get rid of your unwanted, broken household items.

Anything that’s broken, outdated, too small/big, unused – get rid of. For tax purposes, you need to keep the last seven years’ worth of records. In 2020, that means you keep records from January 1, 2013-presen. Ditch everything else. 

Take advantage of e-waste recycling events to get rid of broken or obsolete electronics. Likewise, get rid of household toxics, like old cleaning supplies, paints, used motor oil, etc. responsibly. These items cannot go in the trash, but your county government likely maintains a list of places that will accept them, sometimes for a fee.

Sort, sort, sort

When you have purged the items that won’t be filling your moving boxes, sort the items that will be making the trip. By categorizing items, you keep the packing process moving forward productively. The sorting process will help you identify items you don’t want, but could still be useful to someone.

Sort and pack all clothing together (by season, if you’re inclined). Sort and pack books, kitchen items, bathroom items, etc. together. Keeping related items together will also help you unpack after you’re in your new space.

Donate or sell what you can’t bear to throw out

Just because you can’t use something doesn’t mean no one can. Donate any unused working small appliances, clothing in good condition, abandoned hobby items, etc. Some thrift shops and libraries will sometimes accept unwanted books to sell. No one wants paper copies of old magazines, so recycle those. You might find that you can convert some of your unwanted items to cash. List these things on eBay, price them to move, and put a final date on the sale. If an item doesn’t sell, donate it.

Store packed items you plan to take

When you have a moving company lined up, they may be able to store some of your household items, furniture and packed moving boxes prior to the big day. The goal is to get as much out of the house as possible, so this is a good way to reduce the amount of stuff in your home. By storing your packed belongings with your moving company prior to your move, you can help the movers get the remaining belongings out of your house efficiently on moving day. If that’s not an option, designate a space in your house for storing packed items. Pack only the items you’re sure you won’t need. Once you’ve packed an item, leave it that way until after the move!

Use high quality moving boxes

Cheap moving boxes or freebies that you collect from a store may save you a few bucks, but they won’t protect your belongings during a move. Use high quality moving boxes, packing materials, strapping, wrapping and strong packing tape, which offer the best protection for your possessions.

Use the right moving boxes

Some people habitually store the boxes that their belongings came in. If you have the original box for your television, computer, etc., you can repack these items in their original packaging. If not, consult with your moving company about getting the right moving boxes for your fragile belongings.  Do not over- or under-pack boxes, and make sure your electronics and delicate items will not shift in the box during the move. Your moving company can supply fillers like bubble wrap, packing peanuts, paper and other cushioning material. Pack items snugly, so that they cannot move freely in each box.

Put heavy items in the smallest possible box. If you have dozens of books, pack them in small boxes. This helps reduce the weight of the box, and ensures that your books will make it to their destination unharmed!

Secure all liquids in plastic bags or tightly sealable containers to help prevent leaks and contain messes if something breaks in transit. 

Use descriptive labeling

After you seal up your moving boxes, they all look the same!  Use descriptive labels for each box. Minimally, the label should include the room the box should go into and the box contents. You can number the boxes if you want, but the more information on the outside of the box, the faster your unpacking will go.

Discuss what to expect on moving day

Moving may be a new experience for you, but professional movers have done this many times! When moving day arrives, the movers will load and secure all of your furniture first.  The boxes get loaded second, and removed from the truck first.  Be available to answer questions from the movers, and discuss the planned schedule so everyone knows when to expect the truck.  Pack clothing and personal items that you’ll need until the movers arrive with your belongings, and store those separately.

Collin Box provides a wide range of moving supplies. Our high-quality boxes, tapes, packing material and blankets will protect your possessions while they’re in transit. Don’t rely on previously used boxes that may already be damaged or weakened. Contact us at Collin Box at (508) 230-5833 or visit us on the web at to browse our complete line of moving supplies.

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