You’ve been trying to work out all of the details of your move – planning for movers, finding a house, sorting out work. And now, it’s time to start getting your stuff ready to go out the door on moving day.
The next thing on the moving checklist is packing up your items. But, to do that, you’re going to need some supplies. Let’s take a look at the different types of packing material that you can consider when you’re sorting out your packing supply needs.
Nowadays, a lot of people are making the choice to go ahead and just use basic paper in order to keep things safe during their move. Packing paper is not very thick, it’s often made from recyclable materials, and it’s biodegradable, so it’s not going to just go and sit in a landfill when it gets thrown away.
You could also use newspaper instead, but there is the risk of the ink coming off and onto the things that you wrap in it. Be aware of that possibility and you can prevent problems. You may want to put another layer of paper between the newspaper and the items that you’re concerned about, just to ensure that you don’t have that problem.
Either option is fairly reliable and can prevent about the same amount of damage. It won’t be able to protect quite as well as some of the other options that we’re going to discuss in this article. But, if you’re not moving far, you don’t have a lot of fragile items, or you just need something that takes up a little bit of space, you’ll find that paper is a pretty solid choice.
The tried and true bubble wrap is always an option to consider when you’re getting ready to pack up your home. It’s one of the most versatile options out there and, if you use it correctly, you’ll find that it’s that much easier to protect everything that is being packed.
Bubble wrap is, probably, the most expensive material listed here. You actually get bubble wrap in a roll, like you would if you were buying wrapping paper or something similar. This allows you to get several yards of it at the same time, and then you can cut the pieces apart so that they fit whatever it is that you’re doing.
It comes in various sizes, too. You can get small, medium, and large bubbles, each of which can provide a different level of protection to the items that you have. There are also these options called “air sacks,” which are similar to bubble wrap, but it’s just a plastic pillow of air instead of having a lot of little bubbles around the outside.
Styrofoam Peanuts and Corners
Many people don’t like Styrofoam peanuts because they are considered to be messy and not that great for the environment. But, if you use them strategically, you’ll find that they can be pretty handy for what you need. They can fit into spaces that you may not be able to fit some of the bulkier options that we’ve listed here.
On top of that, if you’re packing up something like a desktop computer or a television, then you need to be sure that you take a little bit of time to see if you can find Styrofoam corners. You can put these around sharp corners so that they don’t end up protruding out of the box while you’re transporting them. It protects you from the corners, and it protects the corners from becoming damaged, as well.
Soft Home Items and Clothing
Don’t want to spend a lot of cash on packing material? You may just want to use the items that you’re already packing. Clothing, towels, and other soft home items are actually a great option if you want to be certain that things stay safe.
While you may need to do a little bit of adjusting to ensure that you’re able to fit the clothing or home item around the fragile items in your boxes, it can definitely work. Socks and washcloths can go into hollow items, for example, to protect their integrity.
One important tip, however – you want to be certain that all of the items that you use in your packing are going to be as clean as possible. All clothing that is used for packing must be washed thoroughly – otherwise, you’re likely going to have some problems when you’re unpacking those items later on.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why use packing materials?
No matter how careful you and your movers are, your items are going to get jostled around, which makes it easier for them to break. Packing materials are a pretty solid way to ensure that the items you own are not going to be broken when they get to your destination – instead, they’ll be protected and ready to go.
How can I save money on packing supplies?
There are a lot of ways to save money on supplies. You can buy a kit, which will often have everything that you need, together, at a discounted price. You can also go to local businesses in order to grab free boxes or ask around to see what people have on hand. Get creative with what you have, as well, and you’ll save some cash.
Wait, doesn’t my moving company provide packing supplies?
It depends on the company. If you have made the choice to get packing and unpacking services as a part of your move, then they may have the supplies that you need, or may include them as part of that service. Other moving companies will sell packing supplies and/or packing kits, but it’s often an additional cost.
Now that you know what packing materials that you can use, it’s time for you to go ahead and start the packing process. Get the items that you need and start planning it out. Soon, you’ll be all packed up and ready for moving day before you know it.