America got into an organization kick after the release of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” but it is still difficult to organize an entire house, especially with the added stress of an impending move. At Smith & Webb Custom Crafted Homes, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to move into your new custom home. We hope this list of packing tips helps!

Reduce the amount of “stuff” to move

The first step to getting ready for any move is to go through your “stuff” – clothes, books, shoes, etc. – and figure out what you really want to keep and what you can get rid of. This will cut down how much you actually have to pack and move – and unpack again. You could either donate your gently used items and receive a tax write-off or sell items at a garage sale and make some extra money to help fund your move.

Pack one room at a time

Packing one room at a time is much easier to approach than trying to tackle the whole house at once, and it will help reduce the amount of clutter. We recommend putting together a basket of moving supplies such as tape, markers, and labels that you can easily pick up and bring from room to room.
As you continue through the house, set aside one room to keep all of the packed boxes in. Leaving your bedroom, the kitchen and at least one bathroom for last will also help with the ease of normal day-to-day activities.

Organize boxes

It’s easy to lose items while moving, but this can be alleviated by taking a minute to properly organize boxes. Inside of the box, this means packing items similar in nature or designated for the same part of the house. Smaller items like toys and jewelry can be placed inside freezer bags inside the boxes to keep them together. You may also want to wrap up any bottles or cleaning supplies to keep liquid from creeping out and getting the box or other items moldy.
On the outside of each box, add a label with what it contains. You can also number them and keep a log of what is in each one.
Many moving experts recommend color coordinating boxes and rooms to show movers which room to put each box in. For instance, you may put a pink sticker on every box going to your bedroom and hang a pink sheet of paper over the doorway of your bedroom to show movers where to go. It is much easier to start setting up your new home with everything already in the right place than with random boxes all over.

Create a storage system

Before your move, gather all of your important documents together in one place to keep track of them and make sure none are lost or stolen. You may even want to move these in your own vehicle. Put them in a safe spot as soon as you are able to in your new home.

Once the rest of the boxes are inside, it will be tempting to just take out what you need right then and stick the rest in the garage. However, it is a good idea to create a designated storage system for the house before you unpack. You could store extra towels in the hall closet or winter clothes in under-bed tubs. Either way, designating storage spaces ahead of time will help you to keep your garage from becoming one giant maze of boxes that may never get unpacked.

We want you to have the best possible experience with your new home, and we are available for consultation at every step of the process, from getting your ideas on paper to post-move-in check-ins. Call Smith & Webb Custom Crafted Homes today at (864) 509-7727 to schedule a meeting and get one step closer to your dream custom home.