Top Tips for Student Moving

Being a college student can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a lot of work. With classes to attend, papers to write, books to read and jobs to go to – college is full of stress. What can make it even more stressful is if you have to move to a new home in the middle of it. When will you have time to squeeze moving into your already jam-packed schedule? Here are some tips to follow to help make your student move easy and organized.

Make a moving checklist. If you haven’t yet adopted the habit of making checklists to keep your head on straight during a busy time, doing so during a move is a great time to start. Making a checklist is the ultimate way to help organize your time and ensure you don’t forget to do any of the important tasks you need to complete. When creating your moving checklist, describe in detail everything that needs to be done before, during and after your move. Include a time frame for each task and ensure you follow it precisely.

Don’t move unnecessary items. The longer you live somewhere, the more items you accumulate. If you take a look at everything you own, there are probably a few things you don’t need or want anymore. To make your move easier, it’s a good idea to leave behind or get rid of any unnecessary items. You may also consider donating your unwanted items – old clothes or books – to charity. Not only will doing so save you lots of valuable time, but you will also be doing something good for someone else.

Get help. No matter how big or small a move is, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to tackle it all on your own. As much as you may hate to ask someone to help you move, it’s something you will definitely have to do. So round up some friends – or family if they’re nearby – to lend a hand. Put some people in charge of packing and labeling and others in charge of the heavy lifting. The more help you have, the easier, faster and more successful your move will be.

Collect packing supplies. Moving to a new place is impossible without packing supplies, so be sure to gather the must-have essentials before beginning to pack. If you are moving on a dime, try and find free supplies. First, look around your current home for any boxes or containers that you already have. Next, ask friends and local businesses if they have any supplies you can have. If you are willing to spend some cash on moving supplies, then check with local moving companies. Yes, buying supplies will add to the overall cost of your move, but having the proper boxes (and other supplies) will save you a lot of time and trouble in the end.

Label all boxes and containers. When packing up your belongings, it is very important to label all boxes and containers as you go. If you avoid this important step, unpacking post-move will be a nightmare. How exactly will you find specific items if you have 50 moving boxes that all look almost exactly the same? There are many ways to label your boxes, like listing their contents or destination room or with specialized words like “fragile” or “this side up.” For more tips on labeling, click here.

Start packing early. In order to make your move as calm and efficient as possible, the best thing to do is start the moving process early. Moving is a very stressful time, so if possible, start packing at least two to three weeks before your move.

One last thing. Another important thing to do when preparing for a move is to go over your plans with everyone involved. This will ensure everyone is on the same page and will help things run smoothly come moving day.

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Simple Steps to Packing Your Book Collection

During the stressful and chaotic process of moving house, packing books isn’t typically put on the high-priority list of things to get done. It’s understandable. Packing books, after all, is much easier than packing, say, a kitchen that is full of breakable items. But while books require a less tedious packing process than some other belongings, you don’t just want to throw them in a box and hope for the best. Instead, you need to know the basic principles and safety rules of packing them to ensure they make it to your new home unharmed. To prevent damage to your favorite reads and to prolong their shelf life, here are some simple steps to follow when packing your book collection.

Step 1: Sort.

A handful of books may not seem like much weight. But the more books you cram into a box, the heavier the load will become. The number one problem people make when packing books for a move is putting too many in one box. This can cause many problems on moving day, such as personal injury or a box breaking. The biggest problem, though, is this: The final price of your move is based on the total weight of your shipment. This means that the heavier your boxes are, the more costly your move will be.

So consider this: Do you really need to take every book you own? If you take the time to go through your book collection, you will most likely come across many that you no longer want or feel the desire to hold onto. Consider giving these books to a friend who loves to read, or donating them to a library, school or charity shop. You can also recycle any paperbacks that are too worn-out or damaged to be given away.

Step 2: Gather Supplies.

In order to pack your books, you will need to have the right packing supplies to avoid any damage during transport. Here’s what you’ll need:

Book boxes. Wimpy boxes won’t work when packing your books, so you’ll need to collect book boxes that can handle the job. Book boxes are

  1. Strong, because they are made out of thick cardboard.
  2. Small-medium in size (20” x 11” x 11”).
  3. Clean, dry and free of pre-existing damage.

Packing paper. Soft packing paper is a must-have supply when packing your book collection. Use it to separate rows of books arranged inside your boxes and to fill empty spots to prevent rattling during shipment.

Packing tape. Heavy boxes have an increased risk of breaking. This is why strong, high-quality packing tape is so important. You will need to use it to seal your boxes, but also to provide additional reinforcement on their bottom and sides.

Permanent marker. Be sure to use a permanent marker to label each box of books. This will make things easier when arriving at your new home.

Step 3: Pack them.

When packing your books, there are three different methods you can choose to arrange them: upright, flat and spine down. The safest method is to lie them flat in a box in stacks. If you choose this method, be sure to place heavier books on the bottom and lighter ones on top. When you have sorted through your book collection and have collected the necessary packing supplies, you can finally take the steps to pack them.

  • Individually wrap any valuable books you have in soft packing paper.
  • Line the bottom of your boxes with packing paper to further insulate it. This will provide them with extra protection during the move.
  • Don’t arrange books too tightly. This could cause damage to covers and pages.
  • Don’t let the pages or covers of different books directly touch each other. To do this, pack one row of books then place a couple of sheets of packing paper over them. Then pack the next row of books.
  • Fill any large gaps inside your boxes with crumpled pieces of packing paper to eliminate movement.
  • Place a final sheet of packing paper on the very top of your books. Then close the lid and secure it with tape.
  • Label your box with a permanent marker.

Safety Rules to Remember

The key to packing books is taking the necessary safety measures to pack and ship them. Avoiding any of the basic rules listed below when packing your books can result in damage.

  • Keep the weight of a single book-filled box under 40 pounds.
  • Use small- to medium-sized boxes.
  • Double tape the seams of your book boxes – even containers that are new.
  • Place the heaviest books on the bottom of each box.
  • Use extra care when packing books of value by wrapping them in soft packing paper. You may also want to transport books of high value (first-edition collections, etc.) yourself to ensure they are handled with utmost care.

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Bubble Wrap: The Ultimate Accessory When Moving

The most practical packing material available is… you guessed it, bubble wrap. It provides the perfect cushion for any item, fits any shape, and can easily be secured with packing tape. Along with being used to protect delicate items and awkwardly shaped pieces during shipping, there are many other reasons why bubble wrap is such a widely used packing tool.

Safety. Bubble wrap is made by sealing together two sheets of plastic with air trapped between them in order to create rows of bubbles. The evenly distributed air-filled pockets provide excellent protection against shocks and vibrations, and can also prevent items from breaking if accidentally dropped. Bubble wrap also protects items from scratches and chipping.

Convenience. Considering all of the hassles that go along with moving, one thing that makes the packing process easier is bubble wrap. These handy bubbles are simple to use. Just wrap an item of your choosing and seal it securely with packing tape. Bubble wrap has the ability to snugly fit the surface of whatever object is inside – no matter the shape or size.

Bubble wrap also offers moving convenience because it comes in various forms (sheets, bags, envelopes) and sizes (large or small bubbles). This way, you can easily pick the type that best suits your specific needs and requirements.

Environmentally Friendly. Another positive aspect of bubble wrap is that it is environmentally friendly. Not only can it be reused several times – a great way to save money and help the environment – but you can even opt for bio-degradable, which degrades easily when discarded and causes no harm to nature.

Financially Friendly. There’s no question that packing materials quickly add up in price, so to help lower the cost of your move, opt for bubble wrap. Due to bubble wrap’s perfect cushioning, you won’t require many more packing supplies to ensure the safety of your belongings. Not to mention, bubble wrap is lightweight (it is basically just air, after all), so it doesn’t add to the overall weight of any items that require shipping.


Fun.
Pop. Pop. Pop, pop, pop! If there’s one thing these fantastic bubbles provide, it is entertainment – and we all know a little fun goes a long way when doused in the stress and mayhem of a move. So go ahead, give in and give it a squeeze.

Which Type of Bubble Wrap Should You Use?

As previously mentioned, you can choose from many different types of bubble wrap. So which one should you choose? Here’s a guide to help you decide which type will work best for your particular needs.

Large. Large bubble wrap features air pockets as big as 1” (26 mm) in diameter. Large bubble wrap is typically used for packing large household items, like furniture pieces. It is also good for providing a significant amount of cushion inside large moving boxes.

Small. Small bubble wrap ranges in bubble size from 1/8” (3mm) to 3/8” (10mm) in diameter. Smaller bubble size provides less protection against shock or impact, but greatly aids in protecting items from scratches and other superficial damage. Use small bubble wrap for electronics, glassware and other sensitive/delicate items.

Bubble Wrap Envelopes. Bubble wrap envelopes are a good choice for protecting things like CDs, books,small framed pictures and other flat items. These handy envelopes feature bubbles along the inside, which equals to maximum protection for breakables. They also provide easy-seal protection.

Anti-Static Bubble Wrap. Anti-static bubble wrap is designed to protect electronic items, like cell phones, computers and TVs. It works by dissipating static charge. This is good for protecting sensitive electronic chips inside cell phones, etc.

What Should You Pack with Bubble Wrap?

Honestly, there isn’t a single thing that can’t be wrapped in bubble wrap. That’s part of its amazingness! However, certain items require better protection than others and will benefit more from the superior protective qualities of bubble wrap.

If you need to pack fragile items, the more protection the better. The more securely you wrap these items, the greater the chance they will remain intact during your move. Do not use bubble wrap sparingly for the following items:

China. China sets include many pieces. To protect every plate, saucer and cup, wrap them first in packing paper, followed by a secure layer of bubble wrap. Also place some bubble wrap inside all cups, and between its body and handle, to provide extra support and eliminate the risk of breaking.

Glasses. Consider how many glasses you have broken in your lifetime. Now imagine what happens to glasses when poorly packed inside of a moving box. Yikes! Glasses top the list of the most easily damaged items during a move, so be sure to wrap them carefully when packing. Each glass – whether a wine glass or a valuable piece of crystal – should be individually wrapped with bubble wrap. Also, place an extra layer of bubble wrap on top of the wrapped glasses before sealing the box.

Artwork. If moving with figurines, paintings and other valuable pieces of art, don’t forget these items need maximum protection too. First, wrap in packing paper to better protect any delicate surfaces. Then follow with several layers of bubble wrap. Secure with packing tape.

Mirrors. Mirrors are another item that is easily cracked and broken during a relocation. To provide the mirror’s surface with optimum protection, it is a good idea to cover it with packing paper. Then, using bubble wrap with large air pockets, wrap the mirror in several layers of protection. To secure all packing paper and bubble wrap, encircle the entire mirror with packing tape.

*Framed paintings and mirrors should be placed in specialty picture/mirror boxes for maximum protection.

Vases. Due to their awkward shape and delicate material, vases are highly susceptible to damage – so grab the bubble wrap to provide the best protection possible. To wrap, set your vase on its side on a sheet of bubble wrap. Then, roll it until it’s completely covered, and secure it in place with packing tape. Be sure the top and bottom of the base is safely wrapped and taped.

For all moving supplies, including bubble wrap, packing paper, boxes and more, ABC Movers has everything you need to make your move a success.

Simple Steps to Pack Framed Photos

simple steps to pack framed photos - blog PHOTOWhen packing your home for a move, you will run into many breakable items. These types of things can be difficult to pack – especially framed photos. To make this task easier, follow this step-by-step guide.

Materials Required. First, and foremost, before you begin packing, you must acquire all the necessary materials. You’ll need:

  • moving boxes
  • wrapping paper / bubble wrap
  • strong packing tape
  • permanent marker

Boxes can be purchased through a moving company or salvaged via friends and local shops. You can also opt for moving boxes designed specifically for framed photos and art – these boxes can be divided into two or four sections.

Also, be sure to get boxes that are larger than the objects you intend to place inside. This way, there will be enough empty space at the top of the box to fill with packing paper or bubble wrap for extra protection.

Once you have obtained all of the necessary materials, follow these steps to ensure all fragile items are properly packed.

1. Clear a space. There’s nothing worse than trying to do something in the middle of a mess, so clear a work space and spread packing paper and bubble wrap flat. Position your framed photo directly onto the packing paper, then wrap it well by covering all areas. If only using packing paper, wrap your picture in several layers. Otherwise, wrap bubble wrap around the first layer of packing paper to ensure it’s well protected.

2. Tape around the photo. Once wrapped, using strong packing tape, wrap around the entire paper-protected frame. This will provide the glass with extra protection so it is less likely to break.

3. Mark it. To make future unpacking easier, use a permanent marker to mark the glass side of the wrapped frame.

4. Fill the bottom of the box. Before placing any wrapped items into a box, first fill the bottom of the box with crumpled paper to provide a protective layer. Then, place your wrapped frame into the box. If adding more to the box, be sure to add a layer of crumpled paper between each frame.

5. Finish off with paper. Before closing the box, finish off the last bit with more crumpled paper to prevent items inside from shaking while being transported.

6. Tape and secure. Once your box is complete, tape your box closed. Secure it further by taping around all edges of the box. Ensure tape it pulled tight with no risk of coming loose.

7. Label. Using a permanent marker, clearly label your box – on top and on all sides. Use words like “fragile” or “breakable” so movers will know to be careful.

8. Load it. When loading any boxes filled with framed photos, it’s a good idea to position these boxes vertically. This will evenly distribute pressure throughout the surface of the box and breaking will be prevented.

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Moving Checklist: One Month Prior to Move

 

One-Month Moving Checklist - Blog PHOTOIt’s T-minus one month to moving day. You may think that is plenty of time to get everything done, it will fly by at warp speed. To accomplish all moving-related tasks before the moving truck arrives, follow our useful checklist below.

Select Mover / Confirm Arrangements. There may be several moving companies in your area, but there are even more people who need to move. Trucks run out and movers get booked, so don’t delay. One month prior to your move, select your moving company and get written confirmation of the date, time, costs, and so on of your move.

Begin Packing. Hopefully, you have already started gathering supplies before the one-month marker hits, because now is the time to begin packing. With a house full of things, it can be difficult figuring out where exactly to start the packing process, so try this. Begin by packing all things that are seldom used – muffin makers, waffle irons, etc. You won’t miss the things that you rarely use, so go ahead and get them packed up and out of the way.

Plan, Organize, Label. Packing and moving can become disastrous really quickly. Mountains of boxes everywhere, piles of things to pack strewn around, trash that continues to build up – the list goes on and on. To avoid moving mayhem, opt for the more efficient route by planning, organizing and labeling everything. It may take longer than just throwing everything into boxes, but the pay-off will be huge – pre- and post move.

Separate Valuable Items. Before everything gets lost in the shuffle of moving boxes, packing paper and piles upon piles of to-save and to-donate items, go ahead and collect any small valuable items first. Jewelry, important documents, etc. should be placed in a safe box, and if possible, personally transported to your new home. This way you keep valuables separate and in your possession.

Change Your Address. To keep everyone informed of your soon-to-be location, go ahead and change your address by visiting the post office, or go online at usps.gov. This way you won’t risk missing any important bills or surprise packages getting “lost in the mail”.

Other important parties that should be notified of your change of address, include:

  • banks
  • employer
  • credit card, insurance and utility companies

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Must-Have Packing Supplies For A Successful Move

When you have a big move coming up, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. There is a lot to do after all. Hiring movers, organizing, and deciding what items to keep, donate or throw away. And don’t forget packing – the never-ending task that everyone hates. In order to make your move a success, the first thing you need to do is gather all of the supplies you will need. Must-Have Packing Supplies - blog PHOTOHere are the top five must-have packing supplies you’ll need to pack efficiently.

Boxes, Boxes … did we mention boxes? Packing and boxes go hand-in-hand during the moving process. So a few months before your move, begin gathering as many boxes as you can. Then go out and gather some more because the amount you will require far exceeds what you will ever imagine needing.

To save money, first try collecting boxes from family, friends and co-workers; also check liquor stores and big warehouses that have continuous access to boxes. If you still need more, you can purchase them from package stores, the post office, and so on. Just be sure that whatever boxes you collect are strong and durable.

Resealable Plastic Bags. For every moving box you need, you will also want just as many resealable plastic bags – if not more. These bags will be your best friend pre-move and post-move because they keep everything organized. Use them for keeping all hardware and instruction manuals together, or for storing wires and plugs, which can become a tangled mess when simply thrown into a box.

Tape Gun. Have you ever tried to wrap a present or seal up a box without a tape gun? The mere thought probably drives you nuts as you recall the time and hassle it took to tear off a million individual pieces of tape. Enter, the tape gun. Using a tape gun is the optimal tool for packing, saving you time and hassle.

Bubble Wrap. Bubble wrap or packing peanuts? Ya gotta pick the bubble wrap! After all, who can resist the incredible urge to pop those alluringly squeezable bubbles? Bubble wrap can of course be a fun toy, but it is also very helpful when packing. All of those little bubbles of air make the perfect protective cushion so your breakables stay in tact during your move. So stock up pre-move and when your move is over, pop, pop, pop away!

Markers and Labels. Whether you opt for markers, labels, or both, be sure to get them in bright colors and have them handy when packing. Use them to color code boxes for each individual room for easier organization on the day of the big move.

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Food: what to keep and how to pack it

From awkward-shaped pans to breakable dishes, heavy appliances to cabinets full of uneaten food – boxing up a kitchen is one of the most challenging parts of the packing process. Before you throw in the towel and decide to dump all food items in the trash, read the following checklist to learn what to take with you and what to leave behind, plus many other handy tips.

Consider Your New Space. An important thing to consider during the packing process is the amount of storage available in new space. Will you have more or less pantry space? If you will be downsizing in storage capacity then minimize the collection of food you plan to move with you, too.

Box Size. When packing, always think in terms of weight. For example, when packing heavy canned goods, opt for small boxes so they are easier to carry and move.

Label Boxes Accordingly. Organizing and labeling moving boxes is a great way to pack up your home. This includes food items. Separate all food into categories, such as: perishables, canned goods and spices. Then label all boxes accordingly. This will help you prioritize which boxes need to be opened first after you move.

Pack Heavy to Light. Once you have narrowed down what food items you’ll be bringing to your new home, you can then start packing. The best method is to pack heavy to light. Place all heavy items (canned goods, peanut butter) on the bottom of your moving boxes first, then layer all light items (crackers, cookies) on top.

Near-Expired Foods. When deciding which food you should keep or toss, first look at expiration dates. If something will only last a mere few weeks after your move, go ahead and toss it. Chances are you won’t eat it after you move anyway, so free up some space and ditch any near-expired foods.

If you don’t want to waste food by throwing it in the trash, donate items to others, such as family, friends, neighbors, homeless shelters and others in need.

Fragile Items. Fragile food items include basics like flour and sugar. Before you pack these things, be sure to place them in more secure packaging first. Invest in some heavy-duty, sealable containers that will stop any spills from happening. Another option is to put these items inside large ziplock bags so anything spills will be contained.

Spices. Salt, pepper and other spices are another fragile item that can lead to spills during a move. To avoid salting everything with spilled salt shakers or opening a box covered in paprika and oregano, here’s a tip: cover the tops of each shaker with a piece of masking tape. With a simple piece of tape, you will stop any spills from happening.

Pack a Cooler. If there are certain items that need to be kept cold that you weren’t able to use in time – or throw/give away – be sure you remember to pack a cooler the morning of your move. If you are moving a few hours away, a cooler will keep your items from going bad until you can hook up your fridge at your new place. Just be sure you don’t forget to unpack the cooler!

Defrost Fridge. One of the most common things people forget to do before the moving van shows up is defrost their fridge – a situation that is somewhat problematic if you are taking your fridge with you. Be sure to unplug your fridge at least 24 hours before your move so the freezer will have time to defrost.

Important Tip. When moving day finally arrives, you’ll want to be well rested and well fed for the big day. Be sure to set aside some pre-made meals and snacks that are easy to grab and won’t take long to eat. Think granola bars and PB&J sandwiches which will keep your energy up during a long day of hustle, bustle and heavy lifting.

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Avoid Losing Items During Your Move With These Must-Use Packing Tips

Blog 4 PHOTO“Where did I pack my favorite coffee mug? I can’t live without it!” … “O.M.G. – I left my iPad behind!” … “Where are my photo albums? I know they were placed in the moving truck!”

No matter how much care you take while packing, it never fails, something always manages to get lost or misplaced during a move. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are many ways to minimize the chance of losing things during your move. But, the number one way is to be organized. Here’s how.

Pack One Room At A Time. Before you start packing, first consider your packing style. Are you someone who likes to put all of your things neatly into a box? Or, are the type who grabs an armload of things and dumps them straight into a box? If you’re the dumb-into-a-box packer, this tip is definitely for you!

One of the most efficient ways to pack is to pack one room at a time. This may sound like it will take too much time and effort, but it will pay off greatly on the day of the big move – as well as the days of unpacking that follow it. A good pre-packing prepping tip is to place several empty boxes – and packing materials – in each room of your soon-to-be-vacant home. Then start at one point in your room and work your way around until everything is packed.

Cables/Wires/Cords. TV cables. Computer wires. Phone chargers. The list of cables, wires and cords we accumulate is never ending! As easy as these things get misplaced in our homes, they are just as easy to lose during a move. So what’s the solution? Bags! Bags! And more bags! For every electronic device you own, place all corresponding cords inside a labeled, zip-lock bag; then tape it directly to the device. This way, when you go to set up your computer or use your iPad after the move, you’ll know exactly where everything is.

Make a Master List. For this tip, you may have to break your OCD loose, or officially activate it. As you prep for your move, there is never a better time to become a master list maker. While packing, write each and every thing you place inside each box on your master list; also write down which room each box belongs in when moved to your new home. This way, you have control over what and where everything will go inside your new place when the actual moving takes place.

Label Everything. If you’ve never been someone who labels things, it is now the time to become a labeling machine. And no, you don’t need a label maker – the average sharpie will suffice!

While packing, clearly label each box with the name of the room it is to go in in your new place. (Be sure to label the top and all sides of the box, too!) Also, label each box with “this end up” (drawing arrows can also be helpful) or “fragile”. This way every box will be handled properly and there’s a lessened chance that your stuff will get broken.

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