Moving is stressful. But moving during a global pandemic is nerve-wracking. Not only do you have to plan for an efficient move, but you also have to do so while following all the necessary precautions. Avoiding contact with commonly touched surfaces and distancing from strangers while moving is easier said than done. The safest option in these circumstances is to do a Do It Yourself move. It is the safest method to limit the spread of the virus.
It's possible to have a worry-free move without the help of professionals. Just follow our DIY ideas to pack smartly and move to a new place.
1. Will you need anything?
A move is the best time to declutter your life. Get rid of all the unnecessary and unused things in your closet. You have to be brutal with this process. Make four different categories for your belongings and sort them into separate piles. First is your donate pile. The second is the trash pile. The third is your sell pile. And the last one is for unnecessary and unused things, but you can't bear to part with them. You can use self-storage units to store such belongings. But who should you rent self-storage from amid a global pandemic? It's better to rent from local places that minimize contact with surfaces through technology. If you live in Kelowna, look for companies offering minimal contact for self-storage Kelowna and stay safe.
2. How to avoid breakages?
Before starting to pack your stuff, you should make sure you have packing essentials. Buy high-quality packing boxes that won't buckle under pressure. Use the correct sized carton for every kind of item. Never put heavy articles in big containers because they are likely to break. One of the biggest concerns during the move is how to transport full intact crockery. There are some steps you can follow to pack dishes so that they don't break. Make sure you buy dish boxes that are custom made to hold fragile bowls and plates. Tape your box well and then line it with crumpled up paper. Then place your dish on top of packing paper and wrap the packing paper around it. Fill any extra spaces with packing peanuts or paper. Use more paper balls on top of the pile to cushion the dishes. Dishes should always be stacked vertically and never fill boxes to the top. For glasses, cups, and mugs, the best option is to fill them with socks and then wrap some packing material around them. Write Fragile and this way up on every box that contains your tableware. Do not stack these boxes under heavy boxes.
3. What is the most efficient way to pack a room?
Pack all the items from the same area together so that they're easier to unpack. You don't have to fill your dresser drawers. Just wrap protective plastic around them, and you are good to go. Alternatively, you can put the contents of your dresser drawers in Ziploc bags. You can wrap a plastic bag around your clothes and leave them on hangers. Separate all the valuables from each room and transport them personally. Some spaces have specific things that require a different strategy. Put all the dry kitchen items like cereals and flour in Ziploc bags. Cover toiletries with plastic wrap and then screw on their tops to avoid spills.
4. How to pack electronics?
The first thing to do is back up all your data to not have to suffer from data loss if your belongings are damaged. Upload it to the cloud so that you can easily access it later. Then change all the accessibility settings on your devices to prevent any unauthorized access. Next, snap a picture of the wires before unplugging them. You can refer to these pictures later when you connect your electronics. Always pack electronics in their original packing. If you have lost the packaging, then try to make custom packaging with cardboard. Since static electricity is harmful to electronics, get anti-static bubble wrap to avoid damage. Pack all the cables and remotes with their matching electronics. You will not have to figure out which wire goes with which tv when you unpack. Now come to the screen. Wrap it in several layers of ballets. Then attach a screen shaped cardboard cut out to it. It will give the screen added protection. Lastly, label your boxes fragile and don't stack them beneath heavy boxes.
A lot of preparation goes into a move. DIY moves are even trickier to pull off. The best way to approach a DIY move is by first purging all of the unnecessary clutter in your life. Then you can start packing your materials. Having the right moving equipment can make all the difference. Fragile items like electronics and crockery require extra love and care so that they remain undamaged. Have a well thought out plan of action for a happy relocation.