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Packing Hacks You Shouldn’t Use: Myth Busters for a Smooth Move

Packing Hacks Not To Use

We’ve all seen them: those online packing “hacks” that promise to revolutionize your move. Stuff your shoes with socks! Wrap fragile items in newspapers! While some ideas might have a kernel of truth, many popular hacks can actually damage your belongings. At Lile Relocation Services, we’ve seen it all, and we want to help you avoid packing pitfalls. Here are some common packing myths debunked, along with safe alternatives for a stress-free move:

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Myth #1: Newspapers are Great for Fragile Items.


Why it’s Wrong: Newsprint ink can rub off onto delicate surfaces. Additionally, newspapers offer little cushioning and can tear easily, leaving your valuables exposed.

Safe Alternative: Invest in proper packing paper. It’s designed to be gentle on surfaces and provides excellent cushioning.

Myth #2: Stuff Everything to Maximize Space


Why it’s Wrong: Overstuffed boxes are prone to bursting and can put stress on the contents, especially fragile items.

Safe Alternative: Use appropriately sized boxes. Leave a little breathing room for cushioning materials like packing peanuts or bubble wrap.

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Myth #3: Plastic Bags are Perfect for Clothes:

Why it’s Wrong: Sealing clothes in plastic traps moisture, which can lead to mildew and wrinkles.

Safe Alternative: Use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes. For folded garments, choose sturdy cardboard boxes lined with acid-free tissue paper.

Myth #4: Food Can Double as Packing Material

Why it’s Wrong: Perishable food can attract pests and decompose, creating a mess and unpleasant odors. Additionally, some containers can leak or break, damaging your belongings.

Safe Alternative: Use dedicated packing materials like packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or crumpled packing paper.

Myth #5: Labeling is Optional

Why it’s Wrong: Unlabeled boxes are a nightmare to sort through at your new place. You might end up digging through everything to find that one essential item.

Safe Alternative: Clearly label every box on multiple sides with the contents and destination room. Color-coding can add an extra layer of organization

Bonus Tip:

When packing, take pictures of your packed boxes and their labels. This can be a lifesaver when you’re unpacking and trying to remember where things are.

By avoiding these packing myths and following our safe alternatives, you can ensure your belongings arrive at your new home safe and sound. Remember, a little planning goes a long way in creating a smooth and stress-free move. For more packing tips and expert advice, contact Lile Relocation Services today!

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