Top 10 Packing Tips for a Smooth Residential Move

Moving to a new home is exciting. But the process of packing up all your belongings and getting them to your new home can be overwhelming, especially if you’re doing it alone. It’s important to have a plan and follow some simple packing tips to ensure a smooth and successful move. Here are some tips that will guide you on how to pack for a move.

Ten Efficient Ways to Pack for Moving

01. Start Early

Packing can be a time-consuming process, especially while moving from one home to other. By starting early, you can spread the packing process over a longer period and pack household items properly to avoid any damage during move. Starting early also helps to ensure that you have enough packing materials like boxes, supplies etc on hand. This can save you time and stress when it’s time to pack.

02.Create a Packing Plan

Make a checklist of all the items you need to pack and categorize them by room. This way you can stay organized and ensure that you don’t forget any important items. 

Creating a packing plan helps you in many ways.

  • Saves time.
  • Stay focused and on track.
  • Helps to break the task down into smaller, more manageable pieces.

03. Get Rid of Unnecessary Items

Before you start packing, take the time to go through your possessions and get rid of anything you don’t need or use. This will not only make packing easier, but it will also save you space in your new home and potentially save you money on moving costs.

04. Gather Packing Supplies

Make sure you have bubble wrap, packing tape, labels, boxes of various sizes, like small, medium, and large, depending on the items to be packed, and other packing supplies on hand to make the packing process easier. You may also want to consider purchasing specialty boxes for fragile items such as dishes and mirrors.

05. Pack Room by Room

Tackle one room at a time to make the process more manageable. This will also make it easier to keep track of what you’ve packed and what you still need to pack.


  • To keep your kitchen items organized during the move, consider using bins and baskets to pack smaller items such as utensils, spices, and baking supplies. This will help you easily access and pack your items and keep them organized in your new home.
  • Make sure all your kitchen appliances are emptied and clean before packing. Wrap their cords in a plastic bag and place them inside the appliance.
  • Label breakable items as “FRAGILE” on all sides and include an arrow indicating which end should be kept upright. Carefully wrap each item individually, using multiple layers of bubble wrap or packing paper to provide extra protection.


  • Pack clothing and bed linens in a separate box or suitcase. Consider using vacuum-sealed bags to save space.
  • Use boxes to pack smaller items, such as makeup, and jewelry. 
  • If you have large pieces of furniture, such as a bed or dresser, disassemble them before moving. Use furniture pads or blankets to pack your furniture. This will make them easier to transport and reduce the risk of damage.
  • When packing bedding, decide if it should be used as padding or packed separately. Wrap good bedding in plastic bags or packing paper. Clean bedding before moving and line boxes with clean paper to protect them from dust or dirt. Press down when packing to compress bedding and make room for other items.

Living Room

  • Disconnect cables and unplug power cords of TV, computer, and other electronics. Label them so you know which one goes to which device. Pay extra attention to the corner and edges of the electronics while packing. You can also use a blanket to wrap the items for extra protection. Place the wrapped electronics in a box specifically designed for electronics. Seal the box and label it with the contents and “FRAGILE” for easy identification.
  • Properly pack the framed art, by using foam to secure the frame and wrapping it in bubble wrap to protect the canvas. Place the wrapped piece in a cardboard box marked as fragile for added protection during transport.
  • When packing lamps for moving, it is important to take out the bulbs, harps (metal supports), and shades. Roll up the cord and secure it. Place the lamp base in a clean and tissue-lined carton, either with bedding or wrapped separately. 


  • Use bubble wrap or packing paper to protect fragile items, such as mirrors and glass containers.
  •  Pack all of your toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, and soap, in a separate ziplock bag or box to prevent leakage.  

06. Label the Boxes

Make sure to label each box correctly with description of its content and the room it belongs to.  You can also use stickers or colored tape to mark the boxes for easy identification. For example, you could use blue tape for the kitchen, red tape for the bedroom, and so on. This will make it easier to unpack and easy set up your new home. 

07. Pack Heavy Items in Small Boxes

It’s important to distribute the weight evenly among the boxes to prevent them from breaking. Pack heavy items, such as books in smaller boxes to make them easier to lift and move.

08. Use Clothes and Linens to Cushion Fragile Items

Wrap fragile items like antiques, kitchen dishes, mirrors etc in clothes or linens to provide extra padding and protection during the move. This will help prevent breakage and save you money on bubble wrap or other packing materials. Avoid using rough or scratchy materials to pack fragile items. 

09. Don't Overpack Your Boxes

Avoid overloading your boxes as they may become too heavy to lift and could potentially break or damage your belongings. Pack each box as evenly as possible to ensure they are stable and easy to move.

10. Hire Professional Packers

If you are moving and don’t have the time or skills to pack your belongings yourself, hiring a professional packing service is the best way to ensure that everything is properly packed and ready for transport. Professional packers have the experience and expertise to pack your belongings, saving you time and effort and helping to reduce the stress of moving.