How are you at Tetris? Jenga? If you’re out of practice with these kinds of skills, and you’re planning to move yourself instead of using a pro mover in the near future, it’s time to get back in the game. Packing a truck like a pro mover is tricky–it’s like putting together a complicated jigsaw puzzle. But the stakes are a little higher with this particular puzzle because if all the pieces aren’t put together just right, some of them could end up broken at the end of the day. Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks to ensure that your most treasured possessions don’t end up in more than one piece when you roll up that truck door at the end of your moving journey.
- Appliances go first. Load your refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer all the way towards the front of the truck, standing up. (This means that your fridge should have been emptied into coolers the night before–hopefully with a nice selection of beverages for your friends who are helping you move!) Distribute the weight evenly from side to side. Tuck the plugs inside or on top of the items to avoid damaging them with other furniture.
- Couches and other large pieces go next. Sure, some of your slacker friends who are there to “help” would like to sit on the couch while you pack other things, but the couch and other large items like entertainment centers and recliners need to be the next things you load. Use these pieces to anchor the appliances and secure them with straps. Hold back any removable cushions though–you can use those to cushion fragile items later.
- Load long, flat items along the sides of the truck. Items like mattresses, box springs, table tops and bookshelves will slide right along the side and the space between them is perfect for fragile items like mirrors and artwork. Use moving blankets or cushions to give these items extra padding.
- Build a pyramid of boxes. It’s helpful to have your boxes organized by heavy, medium and light (and also clearly labeled as to which room they go in on the other end of the move!) Keep your boxes stacked at an even height throughout the truck. If there’s a gap between stacks, they can come crashing down like dominos if you have to hit the brakes.
- Fill in the gaps. You’ll have lots of nooks and crannies to fill with other miscellaneous items like lamps, large baskets and things that don’t stack well. You could also stuff your slacker friend in here. (We’re kidding.)
- Don’t roll with liquids. Remember that it’s very dangerous to transport chemicals like cleaning supplies or gas tanks on your truck. These things should be packed separately in small boxes and loaded into a personal vehicle. And don’t forget to unload them right away when you reach your destination if it’s a hot day!
Loading is the hardest part of moving day, but it’s important to take the time to pack your truck properly at Point A to avoid heartbreak at Point B. Unloading will typically take half as much time, so once you feel good about your Tetris, know that the game is more than halfway over.
Moving is a big deal, and it can be overwhelming. If you feel like your upcoming move is more than you can take on yourself, your friends at Jay’s Moving Company are here for you with packing and moving services in central and northern Indiana. Jay’s Moving Company takes pride in making your move with them “The Best Move You’ll Ever Make.” Jay’s is a Hoosier-owned company that’s been proudly serving Indiana since 1951. For more information about Jay’s services and pricing, visit our website.