Apr 15 2015

How to Pack More with Less: 3 Tips from Amber Moves

packing tipsWhat is it with relocation packing that always gets everyone down on their knees and frowning with fatigue? The answer is lack of know-how and expert tricks. This task is essential because you can’t move without having your belongings with you and you can’t achieve that if you don’t get up and do the work. It is challenging which is true but at the same time is pretty much doable and easier if you know how to do it right. A common concern with such task is the amount of boxes and supplies it will entail and the costs thereto. Would you believe us if we told you there’s a workaround on that? If you’re interested on learning how to pack more for less, these Amber Moves tips could be of great use help.

Use the right box sizes. – You have to know what your items are, how much there is and what kinds of container fit them best. There is no one size fits all here. Dishes for example need dish barrels while fragile pieces like oil paintings and antique need special housing as well. Moreover, you have to be wary about picking the box sizes. The rule of thumb is to have heavy pieces into smaller containers while light bulky ones in the bigger boxes. This makes them easier to carry around given their possible accumulated weight. If you buy the wrong pieces then you’d end up purchasing another batch and wasting all your money with that first attempt.

Land yourself some freebies. – You can also get free cartons for yourself or at least ones that are cheap and wallet friendly. Check from book stores, clothing boutiques, wine shops, school and office supply stores and your local library if they have some to spare. You’d often end up getting really thick and durable boxes here.

Use what you have. – Dual purpose will make things easier and allow you to save up on both space and cash says the team at Amber Moves. You can use lunch boxes and jars to contain pieces like your jewelry. Old t-shirts, towels and linens will do great as box stuffing and even padding for breakables. You can do the same for socks and scarves too. By doing so, you not only pack them but you also use them as a packing material at the same time.

Oct 23 2014

Amber Moves’ Tricks to Effective Packing for Relocation

Moving and packing always go hand in hand. Can you name a relocation that happened without even the least amount of packed items? You’re bound to bring something with you to your new place no matter how big, small, bulky, light or heavy it might be. With that being said, one has to be an effective packer to ensure that everything is kept safe and secure from point A to point B. Read up on the following tricks from Amber Moves on how to achieve effective packing for your relocation.

Trick # 1: Know your needs first. You need to take a good look and inventory of your items so you will know which supplies to get and how much to get. You do not want to purchase much too many or get cut short. This will also help you in making a packing schedule for everyone.

Trick # 2: Use the right box sizes. The rule of thumb is that heavy ones go on smaller boxes while light and bulky ones go into bigger ones. This is done to avoid over-packing and making it much too heavy to move and carry around.

Trick # 3: You can score cheap and affordable cartons in the right places. You can buy needed supplies; that is true but if you are on a tight budget then you can take advantage of cheaper or even free ones from wine and liquor shops as well as bookstores. The boxes from the former are thick, sturdy and often come with dividers making them appropriate for glasses and vases. In bookshops, cartons are thick to support the weight of the published goods.

Trick # 4: Bubble wrap is your best friend. They are more durable than paper and can absorb shock from bumps far better. Plus, they can be recycled as well.

tips for relocatingTrick # 5: Color coding can help a lot. Use varied colored markers to differentiate which items belong to which rooms. Make sure to write your labels legibly too.

Trick # 6: Use Ziploc bags for small items. When dismantling furniture, place the screws and nails inside one to avoid losing them and mixing them up with other items. The same holds true for other small belongings like jewelry.

Trick # 7: Keep important documents in a separate container. All your files and papers such as bank records, birth certificates, school records, property titles and the like should be placed in a different container and separated from the belongings inside your moving truck. It is best to keep them with you to avoid misplacing.

Trick # 8: Amber Moves reminds relocating individuals to pack a personal box. You cannot possibly unpack everything once you arrive at the new place. This should include a few clothes and personal items that you will immediately need.

Jun 19 2014

Amber Moves: Proper Packing Techniques for Clothes

In an individual’s entire lifetime he or she will move and relocate for an average of four times. The reasons are aplenty and these include work opportunity, education, family reasons and business ventures to name a few. One of the items that each individual has and are more often than not abundant is clothes. How does one effectively and efficiently box them up and move them out and into the new house? Here are the proper packing techniques for clothes according to professional moving company Amber Moves.

TECHNIQUE # 1: SORT AND CATEGORIZE – Is your closet a world of chaos? If no then good for you otherwise you’ve got some work to do. This is essential to ensuring that what you want brought is indeed brought and not left behind. Plus, this is a good excuse to cleaning your mess of five years or so. Be sure to sort through what you want to keep from those you want to sell, donate or give away. Also categorize your items. It is advisable to do so by seasons and then by type (i.e. socks, accessories, handkerchiefs, shirts, sweaters, trousers, etc.)

TECHNIQUE # 2: KNOW HOW TO FOLD – No you cannot just dump them inside a box. You’ll end up having to buy too many boxes than is necessary. Be sure that you fold them in well to avoid having them crumpled and all. You do not want to iron them all out later.

Moving_BoxTECHNIQUE # 3: GET BOXES APLENTY – Know what type of boxes to purchase. Make sure to use big ones for lighter bulkier items and medium sized ones for those that can pack some weight. Also to protect items like gowns, dresses and suits, get yourself a wardrobe box to keep them hanged.

TECHNIQUE # 4: SAVE SPACE AND REPURPOSE – What if you want to save space and use lesser supplies and therefore cut on costs? You can always repurpose. Do you have clothes, towels or linens that are old? You can use them to wrap and pad your fragile items like plates and similar other dishware.

TECHNIQUE # 5: KEEP LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER – As much as possible pack like clothing items together. Keep shoes with shoes, shirts with shirts, you get the drift. This will make it easier to unpack later on so you would not have to scavenge and hunt box after box looking for an item.

We hope those Amber Moves packing tips for clothes have helped you. Oh and yes, happy moving!


May 2 2014

Amber Moves How To: Relocating with Pets

It’s time to move out of your old home and into the new one with more memories ahead and a new adventure to conquer. You’ve packed everything up, called your movers, sold unwanted belongings on a garage sale, bid farewell to the neighborhood, changed mailing addresses, updated utilities and all that but are you sure you are not forgetting something, someone or anything? How about Mr. Goldy goldfish in swimming gently in his own aquarium, Pippin the hamster and his wheel, Mishka the adorable cat and her favorite thread spool or Pongo the shitzu and his puppy brown eyes? Indeed you have to prepare and consider your pets too when moving. For some helpful tips, we have some useful advice from the friendly team at Amber Moves on relocating with pets.

  • moving with petsVISIT THE VET – Make sure that you pay your favorite veterinarian a visit even if your pet is healthy and much more if they are sick. You have to do this for a number of reasons. First, it is best to have them checked to ensure that they are fit for the travel especially if you are relocating somewhere really far and requires a boat or plane ride as you will be required to have a medical certificate on your pet. Secondly, the vet will be able to give you medication if they are sick and you can stock up in time. Third, they will be able to suggest to you a new vet if you are going really far and will make it inconvenient to visit them soon.
  • UPDATE THE TAG – You do not want any stray dogs or cats now would you? To avoid losing them during the move or once you arrive at your new home, get them new and updated tags. This will be their ticket home if they get lost along the way.
  • A PHOTOGRAPH – In relation to the above, have a new photo of them. You never know when you’d need one.
  • PLAN THE TRAVEL – See to it that the travel is pet friendly. Remember that long journeys can cause them stress, upset their appetite and cause depression.
  • HAVE THEM LEASHED OR GET A CARRIER – It is advisable to have them leashed or placed in a carrier especially if you are not riding a personal vehicle. They will help restrain your pets plus carriers can serve as their temporary sleeping place.
  • PACK SOME SNACKS AND SUPPLIES – Amber Moves reminds owners to pack ample snacks and supplies too! If you get hungry then so does your pet no matter what animal they are. Bring food, supplies, toys and old blankets for bedding.