Tips on packing for your house move

Packing can seem to be an overwhelming task, but by planning ahead, you can simplify matters, and save yourself the frustration that disorganization can cause.
Having a few things on hand will help complete your job:

  • Masking tape
  • Permanent markers-at least 3
  • Boxes
  • Styrofoam chips or packing filler
  • Paper towels
  • Cloths
  • Newspaper
  • Garbage bags

NOTE: Use garbage bags strictly for garbage during your move, otherwise a good-intentioned helper may throw something out!

The sooner you can start packing, the better. Once you've found your new home, you can begin sorting items right away. Now may be a good time for a garage sale, or to drop a box of unwanted items at a thrift store. Begin packing those knick-knacks, or out of season clothing that you won't need before the move.

Remember to pack breakable items carefully, wrapped in newspaper or towels to give them extra protection.

It's a good idea to label the top, and all sides of the box. Often boxes will get stacked in a corner on top of one another and reading them can be difficult. Also, coordinating colour markers for each room, such as all kitchen boxes are in green marker, gives an added reminder of where items need to go.

Make a list of items needed for moving day. You don't want these items packed away, as you'll need them right away in your new home. Items such as cleaning supplies, light bulbs, garbage bags, disposable plates and utensils can all be packed separately, and should not go in a moving van, to make sure they don't end up lost in the shuffle.