A Packing Genius

Since 2004, my husband and I have moved six times. You’d think we’d have mastered the art of relocating by now, but it only gets more difficult every time. Moving our erstwhile family of two is certainly different from moving our current family of five. Yes, we’ve managed to add one family member for almost every move.

It’s not only that we’ve got more crap to pack, move, unpack, and put away; it’s also that I can’t move as freely as I once did. Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, even tweens… you can’t just park them somewhere out of the way so you can get on with the long list of tasks that need to get done. Should we need to move again, I would definitely take advantage of professional relocation services to make the process hassle-free.

Still, I know what it takes to be as organized and efficient as possible in packing for a move. First and foremost, you need a babysitter for the kids. Second, you need packing materials — a moving kit, if you will. You can put together your own kit, but it shouldn’t cost you much more to buy a ready-made one.

What’s in a moving kit?

Let’s start with boxes. You obviously don’t need new ones, but you might not be able to gather enough, so be prepared to buy new ones to supplement your stash. If you’re not shy, you can approach stores to mooch their delivery boxes.

Of course, you also need lots of tape. You want really sticky and sturdy packing tape. Buy rolls of the thing so you won’t have second thoughts about using them generously.

What about foam peanuts and bubble wrap? It would be good to have them, but if you don’t, you can certainly make do with old newspaper, towels and dish cloths.

Markers are also necessary. It’s not as effective to use pencil or ballpoint pens on boxes, so if you don’t have any good markers handy, you might have to borrow or buy some.

These are the obvious items, but besides them, you’re also going to have use for cutting implements such as utility knives and scissors, trash bags, furniture covers, ropes such as rubber straps or bungee cords, shrink wrap, and carpet protectors. A small toolkit and protective gloves will also serve you well.

Of course, if you’re engaging the services of a relocation company, your package would probably have all of these covered. Hiring the pros certainly seems to be the most convenient route to take. I may consider myself a packing expert, but I wouldn’t say “no” to a completely-done-for-you service.