School's out for summer, you're on your way to a new pad and you have tons of packing to do. Not sure where to start? Follow Living Guide's simple how-to.
It is the end of the school year and come next fall you are moving into a new house or apartment. This is a common event for most people, but it involves the experience that everyone fears the most…packing.
To start this process you need to get boxes. These can be picked up from any store. Stores usually end up with so many boxes they don’t know what to do with them, so they will be more than happy to give you a few. If you don’t want to purchase padding such as packing peanuts or bubble wrap, then an easy alternative is to just use some of your shirts or towels to keep items safe.
Once you have your boxes it is time to start putting things in them. It is important that you label each box and make a list of everything you put in that box. This process helps you find the important things faster when you need them and if you lose a box you know exactly what you need to replace.
If you have a lot of clothes to move you should consider investing in space bags. These bags allow you to suck all the air out which leaves you with significantly more space. However, you should note that although it is now a smaller package, the weight is essentially the same. Be careful packing these in suitcases that are going on planes you don’t want to have to pay any extra fees for overweight bags, also be careful having too many of these in one cardboard box.
Once you have everything packed it is time to get it moving. If you or a friend has a truck and you don’t mind making multiple trips then this is the best option. If not then rent a U-Haul. Load the important stuff last so you have easy access to it, also load things from the same room by each other.
If you have to wait for the summer to finish to move your stuff back in, you should consider getting a local storage unit. There are several different sites that can easily be found through the Internet. Each site has different sized units available depending on what you need to store. Splitting the space between roommates can make the price extremely reasonable.
Packing can be stressful and frustrating but it is something that has to be done. Get some friends together and get to work.