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The Big Move to Your New Apartment: Tips for Packing Efficiently

Once you’ve made the decision to move, there is one important step lying between you and your new pad: packing. And if you are anything like me, you probably get nervous just thinking about the egregious number of things you’ve accumulated and must now put into boxes and move to another apartment.

And while there is not much you can do to make packing more enjoyable, here are some tips to hopefully make packing (and unpacking) slightly easier and more efficient.

Take inventory of everything.

While it may seem time consuming at first, taking an inventory of everything you own will make keeping track of your belongings during your move much easier. Check out KnowYourStuff–a free online tool that can help you take a digital inventory. The application is also available free via iPhone app.

Plan Ahead and Label Carefully.

After you’ve taken inventory of everything you own, consider grouping your belongings on paper before you begin packing. This will not only make unpacking easier, it will also packing less overwhelming because youll have a set plan on what to put into each box. And as a general tip, moving will be a lot less strenuous if you pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. Once you’ve packed everything, make sure you label each box with what room it belongs with and the contents inside.

Get the Right Supplies.

A few weeks before you start packing, start thinking about the packing supplies you need. While staples like boxes and tape are a given, depending on what you have, you may also need bubble wrap, packing peanuts and special padded boxes. If you are trying to save money, consider asking local businesses and friends for spare cardboard boxes and using clothes instead of bubble wrap to protect fragile objects.

Divide and Conquer.

Instead of trying to pack everything at once, consider blocking out two or three hours each day dedicated to packing up a certain room. This way, you can minimize and isolate messes to one room at a time.

Learn to Say Goodbye.

As a college student who has moved four times in the past three years, I’ve learned that one of the hardest things you can do to make packing easier is to part ways with things you no longer (or will never) use. If you haven’t worn or used an item more than once in the past year – it might be time to get rid of it. But before you throw unneeded items out, you may be able to sell lightly-used name-brand clothes to your local consignment shop. You should also consider donating them to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.