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8 ways to take the stress out of packing

Start packing in advance and one room at

Start packing in advance and one room at a time. For each room, create a "first day" box. Photo Credit: Istock

1. Pack one room at a time. You may want to pack all your pictures at once, but it’s better to pick a single room and pack everything in it. Going room by room, you’ll feel more productive and less scattered.

2. Get the right materials. The boxes, tape and markers you choose matter. Stock up on new wide markers to label boxes, double the supply of tape you think you’ll need and live by the mantra that you can never have too many boxes.

3. Thin tape works best. When it comes to sealing boxes securely, thin brown tape is the best. If you can’t find it at your local home center, go to a moving company; many sell supplies and have the right tape for the job. Thick tape may come off boxes and not seal tightly.

4. Pack early and often. Prepacking makes moving day go faster. Another option? Have one or more large rental storage boxes delivered to your house. Once you’ve packed them, the company will deliver them to your new home.

5. Cheap isn’t always cheaper. Sometimes a self-move becomes more expensive in the long run, based on the amount of time and energy you expend. Don’t overlook full-service movers and be sure to get quotes from three or more before you make your choice (and let each company know you’re taking competitive bids). Make sure the mover is licensed and insured.

6. Use specialty boxes. They make all the difference for packing mirrors, china, glasses and wardrobes. Specialty boxes can be purchased online from moving companies or from box suppliers such as

7. Create a “first day” box. Each person and room should have a box that includes toiletries and other items needed on the first day you move to a new home. Be sure to include plastic cups, paper towels, coffee, a coffee maker and toilet paper. Label each box “first day.”

8. Should you move your packed refrigerator and freezer? Sure. If your new home is only a short distance away, ask your mover to consider this. Many will if you remove all glass bottles first and strap the doors.

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