The easiest way to get all of your stuff into the truck when you plan to relocate is really quite simple. Jack your entire house up-in-the-air around 22-feet. Turn the truck on its nose. Tilt the house 90-degrees so that the front door lines-up with the back end of the van. Open the front door and tap on the back door until everything in your house falls into the truck.
You’ll probably end up breaking a coffee cup or two, but at least everything has been dumped into the van.
Another Way to Pack
We always like to leave you with options. Here’s a different approach that we wholeheartedly recommend. Collect these tools and materials:
- Boxes of all sizes
- Bubble wrap
- Old newspapers
- Packing tape
- Peanuts (not the comic strip or the eatable legumes)
- Box cutter and/or scissors
- Marker pen
Ready, Set, Pack
Before stuffing your goodies into containers, try to schedule your move during the work week. That way most everything is open. Then there’s this:
- Grab a suitcase or two and load ‘em with what you’re going to need for the first couple of days after you’ve arrived at your new locale. Pretend you’re going on vacation. Bring a few changes of clothes, toiletries and whatever else you’d need.
- Do one room at a time. Make sure you write on the top and one side what room the box should go in when you get to the new home. It wouldn’t hurt if you wrote a brief description of what was actually in the container. For breakable items write “Fragile” in big letters all over the place.
- Cables, cords, furniture feet and knobs should be put in one box. Additionally, get a few zip lock bags to contain any screws, bolts or other hardware. In those utility drawers you have in the kitchen, likewise pour all that stuff in a couple of 2 gallon freezer bags.
- Heavier items should go in smaller boxes. Can you lift a car? You get the point.
- If you’re mixing the weights of things in a box, heavy stuff goes on the bottom, lighter things head to the top.
- Create a cushion at the bottom of the container for sensitive items. Ball-up some newspaper. Breakables should be wrapped individually. Any open spaces, toss in some peanuts (again, not the comic strip or the eatable legumes) to fill the gaps.
- Load the critical items last – like kitchen things, televisions, toys, etc.
- You’re going to have to leave behind certain things. For instance, any materials that are flammable.
- Any of your stuff that’s going into storage needs to be labeled with a simple instruction: What season are they most likely to be used?
- Last but not least. Make sure you do your research on Austin moving companies and choose the one that could cater to your needs.
There was once this wise fellow who was known as the guy who said he liked Remington razors so much that he bought the company. His name was Victor Kiam. A sage quote he left behind when he passed in 2001 should be an inspiration to everyone who’s relocating to another place. He said, “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”