A neatly stacked group of boxes and packing tape roll.

Whether you’re planning a move for a new job, to be closer to family, or for a new adventure, the act of relocating can be a hassle. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the stress of moving, starting with following these simple tips for proper packing.

Start Early

One of the biggest mistakes people make when completing a residential move is waiting until the last minute to start packing. Instead, start organizing and packing as soon as you know a move is in the works. Begin with out-of-season items or rarely used rooms, such as a spare bathroom or guestroom. Set aside a room, large closet, or section of the garage where you can stack boxes. Keep notes about what you’ve packed and be sure to clearly mark boxes to stay organized.

Get Rid of Items You Don’t Use

You could pay to move clothes you no longer wear, kitchen appliances you never use, or gym equipment that serves as a really expensive place to hang clothes, OR you could use the move as a reason to purge these items. Donating these items gives you a tax credit, reduces the amount of things you’ll need to move, and lets you start off in your new home without having to find places for items you don’t need.

Keep a Bag of Essentials with You

What would happen if your shipment was delayed a few days? You’d be left without the essentials you need—unless you’d packed a bag of important items to keep with you. Each member of your household, including pets, should have a bag containing the things they’ll need, such as a couple of changes of clothes, medications, games, books, IDs, and pet essentials, such as leashes, food bowls, and vaccination cards.

Hire Professional Movers

The best tip for completing a local or long-distance move is to hire a trusted professional moving company. Skilled movers will help with packing, and they are properly trained in the handling of everything from furniture to fine art. Most moving and storage companies allow you to customize a relocation package, so you can have them take care of all the packing and other details or just get a little help packing fragile items and doing the heavy lifting.

Contact Our Experienced Philadelphia Moving Professionals to Learn More

Another way to enjoy a hassle-free relocation is by hiring an experienced Philadelphia moving and storage company. Clemmer Moving and Storage has served this area since 1904, so put our experience to work for you. Call today for more information about our highly reviewed services or fill out our simple online form now to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Philadelphia relocation specialist.