Packing tips for beginners

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Moving in itself is a complicated process. Luckily, most people only move a few times in their life. If you were searching for some packing tips for beginners, you’ve come to the perfect place. Here at Zapt Movers, we’d like to show you our most effective tips for packing up your home quickly. We’d like you to have an enjoyable time even during the whole move, so we hope our tips will be of help.

Person packing
Packing tips for beginners are useful when you are packing your book collection.

Get the right packing supplies

As a beginner, you might not be sure which supplies you’ll need. That’s why we’ve comprised a list of all the necessary equipment. You can usually find all these items at a low cost. Additionally, sometimes certain markets will give away their reused boxes.

  • boxes of all required sizes (small, medium, large)
  • sturdy boxes/crates
  • packing tape
  • Styrofoam
  • packing paper (old newspapers are a great substitute)
  • furniture wraps
  • plastic bags
  • marker or labels

For an even easier journey of acquiring these items, online shops such as Amazon offer amazing moving kits. This way you’ll be sure that all the needed items are already accounted for.

Alternatively, if packing your items is something you’re not completely confident in doing, there are amazing packing and moving services you can employ. Our professional packers will be sure to pack your belongings safely and securely. In addition to that, professionals will only take a fraction of the time you’ll need for the packing.

But, sometimes, packing is part of the fun while moving. It can be a family activity. So, continue reading for the next steps.

How to execute the actual packing process?

The first of our tips for packing for beginners is to always start well in advance. If you think you’ll need two weeks to finish, start three weeks in advance. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


The perfect time to get rid of all the things you’re holding onto for no reason is while moving. Be sure to donate items if possible. You will create more space in your life and also maybe surprise someone less fortunate.

Decluttering can seem a bit daunting, but you’re creating the perfect setting for this while packing. Due to the chaos of the whole process you are likely to not overthink your choices and truly get rid of a lot of unused items!

Person decluttering their stuff
Decluttering will leave you with more space to start fresh in your new home.


You should be able to create an inventory list, even if not perfect. Your list will get longer and more specific while you pack, but for the beginning, it can be a bit smaller. You just need to be aware of how much stuff and time there is. And plan according to that. Planning ahead will save you so many headaches in the future. Also, if you for whatever reason can’t stick to the plan, you will be aware of what needs to be done in the next round of packing for you to stay on track.

Start by room

Another good tip on how to make the packing process easier for yourself is to pack by room. We suggest going from least used rooms to most used. For example, if you have a storage room where you don’t use many items, start from there! Another good rule that goes hand in hand with this one is to always pack boxes by room as well. This will make unpacking much easier and less time-consuming.

Set aside the time meant for packing everyday

This is an amazing trick to get you used to packing a bit every day, instead of having to pack absurd amounts of stuff in a few days. An hour, two, or three a day should really be completely enough. Make it like a little challenge for the whole family, if you’re done early for the day, treat yourselves by going out for a walk or to a park.

Look out for package weight limits

Usually, the weight limit for a single box is around 30 to 50 pounds. Just be careful to not overpack and have to change up your whole packing last minute. Your local movers San Francisco will be able to help you get all the right information, and help you execute the move itself.

Label your boxes

As a finishing touch to packing your boxes, you should consider labeling them. If you’ve followed our advice to pack each box by room, labeling will be much easier. For example, label your kitchen boxes simply as KITCHEN, or as KITCHEN – CUTLERY. This rule goes for every box. You will know exactly where what is while unpacking!

Man labeling boxes
Labeling your boxes will save time while unpacking, as well as help you sort your boxes better.

Plastic bags!

Use plastic bags for clothes that stay on hangers like suits. As well as for anything spillable! This will save you the aftermath of having to clean your clothes from dust or having to clean absolutely everything after an unnecessary spill.

Keep an essentials bag near you

You will need a clean set of clothes, pajamas, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, toothpaste, etc. Food for the first few days as well. Be sure to not forget this crucial step. It will allow you to have a moment of peace and rest immediately once you arrive at your new location.

Special packaging for valuables

For paintings, statues, or things made from glass, you will need specialized packaging. Maybe even some help if you’re not sure how to safely wrap them up. This is important to look out for! You don’t any of your valuables to be damaged.

Need movers?

Now that we’ve covered all the packing tips for beginners, it’s time to move on in the moving process. Our long distance movers San Francisco are here to offer any kind of help you might need. Be sure to contact us and let’s get you to your new home safe and sound!