How to pack moving boxes efficiently

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Packing up for a move is an exciting time, whether you're leaving for university, a new job, or simply heading to a new neighbourhood. You can't help but feel nostalgic as you pack away old textbooks and pull out your worn out favourite jumper. But wait! There's one more thing to do before you start packing - learn how to pack moving boxes efficiently! To help ensure you enjoy a stress-free move, try our top tips for packing like a pro or check out our moving services.

Prep early

Start early and give yourself plenty of time to sort through your things to prevent feeling rushed and stressed as the move date approaches. Second, create a packing plan, and make a list of everything you need to pack. This will help you stay organised and avoid forgetting anything important. Finally, having a clear idea of your household or business inventory will help you purchase the correct size boxes.

Out with the old and damaged

Why is decluttering necessary, you ask? It reduces the sheer volume of items you will have to pack and lug around. A thorough decluttering allows you to focus on packing only the items you need and love, and you won't have to waste space and time packing old or broken belongings that you'll likely end up tossing out anyway. Trust us, decluttering before a move will save you time, money, and a whole lot of headaches.

One step at a time

Start by packing up one room at a time, and be sure to clearly label each box with the contents and the destination room. This will save you time and hassle down the line when you're trying to find things in your new home or storage unit.

Another tip is to nest smaller items inside larger ones and tightly roll up clothing items as you would when packing a suitcase. It saves a surprising amount of space.


When everything is just thrown into a box haphazardly, it's easy for things to get lost or crushed. But if you group items together wisely beforehand, you can fit more into each box while still keeping everything organised. For example, putting all of your kitchen utensils in one box, rather than spreading them out among several boxes, will help you save space and prevent things from getting lost in the process.

Size matters

Packing a large box to the brim with heavy objects - especially books or archived documents - only ensures that it becomes a living nightmare to lift and move around, and not packing boxes to the brim is wasted space (and money!) Stick to filling large boxes with lighter items like duvets and linens, and use small or medium boxes for heavier items, appliances or delicate items like glassware.

As you can see, packing boxes doesn’t have to be a struggle. By planning, decluttering, packing one room at a time, and categorising and selecting the right size boxes, you can save yourself time and energy on moving day.

And when you need supplies, pop into StorageWise. We have everything from packaging materials  to climate-controlled storage units  to keep your belongings safe and sound. With our help, the process of packing, moving and storing your items can be a breeze.

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