There is something uplifting about moving: a new home is a new beginning and packing becomes the purifying ritual, a time to decide what to take and what to leave. Packing for a move is the pack rats only true way of redeeming themselves. What other time will they discard, recycle or donate the mountains of things they have collected. Even if you are not a pack rat it can seem like an insurmountable task. Take a deep breath and repeat this phrase: "PACKING CAN BE PLEASANT". You just need a few of the tricks of the moving trade.

Whether you are moving across town or across the country, pack a box of basic necessities and if possible, take them with you rather than putting them in the moving truck. Delays are likely going to be part of your move.This way you won't be inconvenienced by having to dig through the boxes to find what you need. Some of the things you can't do without are shampoo, soap,deoderant, coffee mugs,tea,pens,paper, a small box of laundry detergent, scissors, kleenex, toilet paper, wash clothes, towels ,toothbrush, toothpaste ,plastic utensils and paper plates. If you are not a professional at unpacking you might want to add a bottle of tylenol.

Packing breakables can be the most time consuming part of packing. Each cup, plate, bowl and glass must be wrapped. Most of us use the newspaper method, but the ink will come off and it gets messy. Try using tableclothes, towels, dishclothes or any other materials you can wrap them in. By using a fabric item, you save space and you would have to pack them regardless. This way you won't end up with a kitchen full of crumpled newspapers.

You may be surprised at how expensive purchasing boxes can be if you decide to get them from the movers or packing suppliers. Veteran movers know where to find free boxes. Grocery stores, furniture, appliance stores and various department stores usually have a few available. Liquor stores are great for packing wine, wine glasses or other glassware.Try to ask for boxes in the 1st two weeks of any month. Also if your Realtor knows of anyone who has moved recently, they may be ready to get rid of some boxes. If you plan to move in a few years, keep any unusual boxes.

A great way to save time is to use a system of colour coded labels. This is a simple time saver. Buy large office labels in a variety of colours and denote different parts of the house, red for kitchen, blue for bathroom, you get the picture. Colour coding can be a quick visual reference.

It's a good idea to pack moisture sensitive items in a clear plastic bag before packing in a box. That way if the box they are in gets wet by rain/snow, there will be not damage from the colours bleeding together.


  • pack heaviest objects on the bottom and work up to the light and breakables
  • chemical containers should never share a box with canned or unopened foods
  • crisscross tape around the bottom of the box then up the sides to prevent box splitting

Hopefully by adhering to these tips you will manage to avoid any moving mishaps and make your 1st days in your new home special.