Packing Tips

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – Part 2

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – A 3-part Series

Part 2 – Hire Professional Packers

LaPorte Moving Professional Packers

You have your lists and binder ready and organized, so it’s finally time to pack. If packing isn’t your forte or you’re simply too busy to pack there is always the option of hiring professional packers. LaPorte’s movers believe that packing is an art. We know it takes precision and delicate hands to pack your belongings with the care they deserve. If you don’t want to (or can’t) do the work yourself, LaPorte Moving is your one stop shop for any moving related services

Tip 1. Find Movers You Can Trust.

I recommend doing your research on prospective moving companies to see if they offer all of the services you require. Always check first with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), this organization will help you decide which company is reliable.  Getting to know a bit about the people who will be entering your home and handling your possession is always a great idea. Family owned company, LaPorte Moving and Storage, understand the connection between you, your old home and your belongings. You can trust to LaPorte to move your belongings safely to your new home.

Tip 2. Use Post-It Notes.

During the packing process, Post–It notes are indispensable. Leave Post–It notes around the house letting your packers know what not to pack or what to pack. If you won’t be around, leave your cell number behind just in case the professional packers have any questions. With proper direction, LaPorte’s packers will exceed your expectations.

Tip 3. Give Yourself Time to Pack.

I suggest having 3 weeks to start packing. You can have LaPorte’s packers come in to pack up all of your seasonal items, artwork and any items you don’t need for day to day living. You can even have us deliver materials if you wish to do your own packing. You can customize our packing services to meet your needs.

In Between Time

Sometimes packing goes faster than planned and you have a few days free before the move-in date. Hopefully in this instance, you will have left your essential items un-packed so you have things to use around the house.

Tip 4. Have an ‘Open First’ Box.

It’s a good idea to pack an “Open Box First” for the house.  It should have all of the urgent essentials:

  • Toilet paper
  • Hand towel
  • Garbage bag
  • Paper towels
  • Tape measure
  • Post-It notes and marker
  • Take-out menus
  • Coffee maker and supplies

It’s also a good idea to have the ‘bedding’ boxes highlighted so you can given them priority when unpacking. You’ll need both the kitchen and your beds more than you’ll need anything else.

Tip 5. Have Meals Planned.

If all your cooking utensils are packed here are some tips to keep your family fed:

Pre – Planned Meals By pre-making meals and storing the food in the freezer, you can save money.

Eat out If you have room in your budget, why not splurge a little bit and eat out with your family? This gives you quality time with your family to talk about what they expect in the new house, new school and new neighbourhood. It’s fun and it’s time with your family away from all the moving commotion.

Part 3 – Details and Moving Day is next.

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – Part 1

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – A 3-part Series

Part 1 – Be Organized

Moving Tips from LaPorte MovingSo you have decided that it is time to move. You realized that you have outgrown your home and decided you want to start a fresh, new life in a new home.

Tip 1. Be Organized.

One thing to keep in mind is that June is the busiest time for moving. Many families and individuals are moving into new homes. Before you jump the gun, think to yourself ‘when is the right time for me to move?’ Determining the right time for you to move is the essential first step to ensuring an easy move.

Tip 2.  Always Keep Your Budget In Mind.

Your budget and the duration of your move go hand in hand. For example, I bridged our financing so that we could have an overlap of 10 days with both homes. This gave me time to look over my budget and settle any further tasks. You never know when may pop up.  

Tip 3. Make Lists

I strongly suggest that everyone who is moving should become an avid list maker. I love lists, and if you didn’t know, the simple act of crossing something out gives you a feeling of accomplishment (it’s a psychological thing). If you want to go even further, create a binder just for moving. The binder will save your life. It is a good way to keep calendars, lists, and contact information all in one place.

It is never too early to start preparing for your move – the earlier, the better! I suggest taking around 6 – 8 weeks to…

Tip 4. Start Sorting

Don’t rush the sorting process. It is a good time to involve kids as you can get them thinking about what they want to take to the new home and what they don’t. I find setting up two laundry baskets, one for clothes being kept the other for clothes being donated (which I later sort through to see what isn’t in good enough shape to donate), is a great and easy way to get the family to do some sorting. If your kids are anything like my daughter, they like the idea of donating things better than throwing them away. It definitely makes the process a little easier.

Tip 5. Sort the Pantry

At LaPorte Moving, we collect on behalf of the Food Bank. Please bear this in mind as you sort through any non-perishable food items that the Food Bank could use. Set your Food Bank donations to the side for the movers on moving day, and we will deliver them to the Food Bank.

Part 2 – Check out our second part on Packing

Packing Tips – How to Pack Your China

Packing China

Packing Tips for CupsPacking your china requires special attention. For these fragile items, you should use dish packs or sturdy, medium cartons with 3-4 inches of crumpled newspaper in the bottom of the carton for additional cushioning. Everyday plates can be wrapped in stacks of four, however, the more delicate the plates, the smaller the stack.

Place one plate in the corner of your stack of white, unprinted newspaper and using 1-2 layers of paper, pull the corner up and over the top plate. Fold the side corners of the paper into the middle and then place another plate on top. Repeat the process until you have four plates in a stack, individually protected by layers of paper.

Finish the process by rolling the stack away from you to the far corner until the bundle is completely wrapped and protected. Then place the bundle into the carton ON EDGE. Never place plates flat in a carton.

packing Tips for PlatesPlates can form the bottom tier or layer of the carton, followed by bowls in the next layer and finally by cups, glassware and goblets and other light, fragile items. Separate each layer in the carton with a cushion of newspaper and ensure that each wrapped piece is snug in its layer to prevent movement. Empty spaces can be filled with crushed newspaper and the top of the carton should be marked “Fragile” and “This Side Up”.

When packing your possessions you should give them the same care you would give them in your home. That is why we encourage you to order LaPorte’s specially designed packing materials for your move. Remember, if you don’t want to pack your things yourself, LaPorte offers packing services to meet your needs.

Downsizing Moving Tips

Moving to a smaller home

Downsizing Move - Apartment BuildingsA downsizing move is most common later in life, usually for seniors and retirees, and it happens for many different reasons. Often, older adults find themselves in large, empty homes after their children have grown up and moved out on their own. It is difficult to move on from the family home, but for practical reasons it is often a good idea to move to a smaller home.

For instance, the upkeep of a large home can be a tiring, time-consuming chore. This is especially true for seniors dealing with back problems, arthritis, or other age-related debilitation. At Laporte Moving, we believe your well-being should always be your priority.

New retirees are also likely to downsize in order to maximize their freedom from obligations to make the most of their hard-earned retirement. A smaller space is much easier to maintain and organize. Less clutter can help you simplify your life and reduce stress.

Regardless of the reason for your downsizing move, it can be physically and emotionally taxing. Perhaps the greatest difficulty lies in parting with the family home. Most people need time to get used to the idea of leaving behind the place they raised their families. Our team of compassionate movers are always mindful of the emotional turmoil in these situations.

Separating yourself from your possessions can also be especially difficult. Belongings that you have accumulated through many years will not be easy to pack up for storage or discard. Be kind to yourself and make time to go through your things thoroughly and at a pace you can handle. It’s best to decide what you’ll keep, store, or discard before you move, not after you move.

Downsizing Tips

Increase the sorting area. It’s best to begin sorting in the rooms that have been used least frequently. The laundry room, basement, attic, and spare or guest rooms are some examples. This method avoids adding clutter to the rest of the house, which you will still be making use of.

Be organized. Use lists, stickers, and labels or whatever else helps you to keep track of where things are going. Even basic sorting using piles or keeping things in separate rooms can be greatly beneficial. You can avoid confusion with proper organization, especially if your moving help was not around to help with sorting. Of course, LaPorte’s movers would be glad to help with this!

Start sorting early. Sorting through your possessions and deciding what to keep is going to take time. Working at a pace you’re comfortable with is the best way to avoid being overwhelmed by the difficult emotions that come with downsizing.

Know your new space. Having the measurements and layout of the rooms of your new home will make it a bit easier to decide what to take into your new home. Keep the measurements of your furniture and large items in mind when deciding what you’re taking with you.

Be practical. Think about what things you really make use of on a regular basis and what things you keep around solely out of habit. You might find it surprising what you’ve been keeping around that you have barely even used.

What should you do with your possessions?

The best way to minimize the feelings of loss when you downsize is to keep the items most important to you in your family or with close friends. It can even feel good to see further generations of your family enjoying things you have treasured, knowing that they will pass down the line.

If you have any items with high sentimental value that you don’t have room for and that you can’t find a family member or friend to give to, consider if storing them is in your budget. You might also be able to keep some of your things in a friend or relative’s attic or basement.

There are several options for what remains. Garage sales are a great idea to help you downsize while recouping some of the costs of the move. Any high value items might be worth auctioning for the same reason. If you don’t have the time or desire to go through these processes, consider donating some things to a charity. You can often arrange free pickups of items for local charities. Whichever solution you choose, our senior sensitive movers are happy to help with shipping items to other locations, donating items to charities in need, or disposing of  unwanted items.

There is an up side

It is tough to move on from a home with so many memories attached to it, or to give up possessions you’ve had around you for many years. There is no doubt about the emotional toll downsizing can take. However, once you have completed your downsizing move, you will come to see the advantages of having downsized.

Your new living space will be free of many useless things that previously only added to clutter in your home. With less clutter, your new home might actually feel bigger. It is also much easier to organize and maintain a smaller space with fewer things. You won’t have to waste time and effort on the upkeep of a large home. Downsizing allows you to simplify your life and live a more stress-free existence.