How to Pack for a Stress-free Move
If you’re about to move house, you might have thought about hiring a shipping container to store and transport your gear. That’s a smart move because it means you can pack at your own pace, plus you know exactly where everything is. However packing a large container does require forward planning and some careful thought.
Below we’ll explore:
- How to pack a shipping container
- How to select packing materials and products
How to Pack a Shipping Container the Easy Way
It’s generally acknowledged that moving house can be pretty stressful, so you obviously want to make the packing part as stress free and easy as possible. This is where a bit of planning comes in handy.
When your shipping container is delivered it will be placed on as flat a spot as possible, and as close to the house as possible, to reduce lifting distances. The key thing to do next is figure out how to pack it with minimum effort. At Caboolture Container Hire & Sales we lease containers that are up to 20 feet in length, that’s 38 cubic metres of space to fill. When you consider the fact that shipping containers may be tilted somewhat during transit, you can see the importance of packing items securely and safely. We suggest you:
- Draw up a basic packing plan of the container in which large and heavy items of furniture are spaced out so that the weight within the container will be relatively evenly distributed.
- Make a list of items that you rarely use and pack them first, as they can safely go at the back of the container.
- Label furniture and boxes with container position details so relevant household members know how to pack each item within the container.
- Wrap pillows, blankets and linen in clear, thin plastic, so you can use these soft items to cushion and buffer other items, while still keeping them clean.
Selecting Packing Materials and Products
The essence of knowing how to pack is being aware of what packing materials will suit your purposes. Here’s three suggestions that come in handy for almost any household move:
- Have you heard of wardrobe boxes? Essentially they’re very large cardboard boxes, often featuring wheels, with a bar installed near the top of the box. The idea is obviously that you hang your clothes on the bar, just like in a wardrobe, and your outfits won’t wrinkle or get muddled up during your move. You can buy wardrobe boxes or, save money and make your own.
- Heavy-duty marker pens are perfect for labelling. Moving is stressful enough without having to rely on your memory – where did the kettle get packed six weeks ago…anyone? We suggest buying permanent, waterproof marker pens with a thick nib, so text is highly visible from a distance. To make things extra easy for yourself, buy pens in a number of different colours and use each colour to signify either a particular room or particular content types like ‘highly fragile’ or ‘not frequently used’.
- Pre-loved boxes can save you dollars. You may have moved before and think you remember how to pack, but it’s easy to underestimate just how many boxes you’ll need; buying brand-new boxes can end up being a significant moving cost. It’s therefore often worthwhile to opt for second-hand boxes. Just make sure that pre-existing labels are removed or crossed out to avoid confusion.
If you’re looking to save dollars and pack with less pressure, a shipping container makes perfect sense. Especially when container hire firms like ours offer container drop off and delivery as part of the service. We hope this article has helped you understand how to pack a shipping container with minimum fuss.
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