The majority of moving entails working with cardboard boxes. Putting them together, packing them, lifting them, transporting them, unpacking them—this is where the moving process begins and ends. If you’ve ever made a move before, you know the feeling of being all-consumed by cardboard boxes. Here are a few tips provided by Manpower Movers, they are the premier San Diego Movers with over 10 years experience moving in San Diego, to help you move and preserve your sanity.
Plan ahead. The best way to prevent cardboard-related headaches is to organize ahead of time. This means creating an inventory of your things and organizing them according to where they should end up in your new home. It may seem arduous, but if you take the time to put items in boxes according to room or drawer, the unpacking process will become much more intuitive. After all, you don’t want your guests to ask, “Did you just move in?” when you actually moved months beforehand.
Pack it in, pack it in. After you have decided what goes with what, you then have the pleasure of packing it all into boxes. When packing, remember that you shouldn’t attempt to pack as much as you can into each box. In fact, you should leave space between items to allow for movement when things get shifted in the process. To cushion your belongings, place newspaper or packing peanuts to fill in the gaps. You will also want to be careful not to make each box too heavy or you may end up injuring yourself or damaging your items.
Don’t hurt yourself. Sure moving is stressful and time-consuming and, well, annoying, but do you know what’s even more annoying? Getting injured while you are relocating. It may seem silly now, but you will wish you had followed our safety tips when you’re writhing around in agony because you lifted a box incorrectly. Here’s the tip: life with your legs, not your back. This means that instead of hinging at your hips to pick up a box, you should hinge at your knees—maintaining a straight back at all times.
Delegate. Lastly, if at all possible, you should hire someone to do the work for you. Consider it an investment into your mental health. There are even moving companies who will pack, move and unpack for you for a small fee. Especially if you have had back issues in the past or want to make sure you are on your feet for the next decade, you should hire moving company. You won’t regret it.
There you have it. With just a little time and a LOT of patience, you get through your next move and still be able to lay eyes on a cardboard box without bursting into tears. You’re welcome.