Overpacking: Too Much Of A Good Thing

Overpacking can be a real problem during a move.

It can be easy to get carried away. You pack a few boxes and decide they could be fuller, so you overpack them.

Then comes moving day, and you’re suddenly dealing with broken or split boxes, sagging containers and back-breaking luggage.

In today’s article, we’ll be discussing why you’re only hurting yourself when you overpack, and how to avoid this pitfall during your next move.

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Avoid Overpacking

Though packing for travel and packing to move are two fundamentally different things, they have one thing in common. You may think you’ve got it under control, but you never want to overpack.

We’ve all been there. You’re already knee deep in boxes. You’ve been at it for hours, and you’ve got another one packed and ready to tape shut.

Then you spot an old handbag, and think “Well, I don’t want to start a new box for that little old thing.”

You squish it in, dust your hands off, and you’re good to go. Then, out of the corner of your eye, you spy a small stack of magazines. “They could fit inside the handbag,” you think, and so you put one inside of the other. Then you find your spatula, jamming it into the gap between your clothes and your handbag.

Then a cell phone charger. Then a thermos. Pretty soon, you’ve got the same box you swore was full a few minutes ago, brimming with twenty new items.

You’ve overpacked.

You’re in trouble.

Here’s how to avoid doing it:

Get The Right Boxes (And Pack Them Right)

The simplest solution to overpacking your boxes is to buy smaller boxes. It might be tempting to buy a gigantic box, but unless you’re packing it with down feather pillows, you stand a good chance of packing that thing too full.

Get smaller boxes. Get the right kinds of boxes, as well: do your research. Then pack those boxes to a certain point and stop packing. Filling every square inch of the box with physical objects isn’t winning – pack until the box has enough in it, then move onto another box.

Which leads us, neatly, to our next point.

Get Enough Boxes

The best way to prevent yourself from over packing a box is to have more boxes to choose from. With a multitude of boxes – more than you might think you actually need, you’ve got a better shot of packing each box so that it’s manageable.

Remember: having ten boxes that you can easily pick up and move is better than having five boxes you struggle to carry, even with a partner.

Start Packing Early

One of the biggest reasons behind overpacking is last-minute panic.

Begin the packing process early on. Start a month before you’d thought about starting. Pack your unimportant items, your out-of-season clothes, and heirlooms into boxes, first, and put them aside. Keep packing as the days and weeks go on, and pack sensibly, as per our first point.

This way, if you realise you’ve run short of boxes, you’ve got time to go out and get more, instead of over packing the ones you do have.

Toss Out The Unessential

We’re not here to judge, but there’s a good chance you could be tossing out some stuff ahead of your next move. Every house has one or two of those things – old, broken ring binders with no documents in them. Cracked Tupperware or old broken computer speakers.

Even things that do work, but that you’ve naturally stopped using, it may be time to say goodbye to. If you haven’t touched that electric popcorn maker since you bought it in ‘92, it’s just taking up room.

Ditch what you can, then try to ditch a little bit more.

The Weight To Watch

This is a simple tip but could save you a lot of time during your move.

Boxes shouldn’t weigh anything more than 50 lbs. Seeing as these are cardboard boxes, often held together with nothing stronger than tape, this makes sense. Any weight above this number is much more likely to break, split or sag your box.

Don’t Overpack. It’s As Easy As That

Overpacking your boxes can make your moving day much harder than it has to be.

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