There are only days left before you finally move into your dream home. Whether your move will be cross-country or right around the corner, there are probably many things on your mind, and moving your belongings safely to your new home is probably one.

Packing is definitely one of the most tedious parts of moving to a new home. You can ease the stress by knowing how to pack things appropriately and choosing the right packing containers and boxes. Here, we have outlined 5 tips to make moving and packing your things less hassle.

Ready to move? Consider these helpful tips, and you’re on the go!

Fill Each Container And Box Completely

You want to ensure all your items are well protected and safe from potential damage. Therefore, make the right choice on packing materials. Use containers and boxes intended for moving, not those acquired from grocery or convenient stores. Fill each box and container completely so there is not room for your items to shift around, but keep in mind the weight of the items being placed in each box. When possible, fill boxes using a combination of heavy and light items, keeping heavier items on the bottom to keep the weight of each container balanced. When packing items such as books, dishes, and other heavy items, use smaller boxes.

Label Clearly

Labeling boxes helps avoid confusion on where items should go. When labeling, be sure to label each box by both room and category. For example, you may have two boxes of books – one for your office and one for your bedroom, labeling the boxes “bedroom books” and “office books” makes moving and unpacking easier. If the box has items that can break easily, be sure to label the box as fragile. Movers are typically trained to look for these labels that warn them about items that need to be handled with extra care and can use these labels to help guide them on where each box should go in your new home.

Protect Fragile Items

The last thing you want after a long day of moving and unloading is to open a box filled with fragile items and find broken items. While filling each box completely will help keep fragile items from shifting around and fragile labels inform movers to handle those boxes with extra care, there are a few more things you can do to protect fragile items while moving. Wrap each fragile item separately using tissue, newspaper, or bubble wrap. You can also maximize your space in each box by using other items in your home to wrap fragile items. For example, you can wrap picture frames from your bedroom in clothing.