packing and preparation checklist

Don’t forget the tape! How about cleaning supplies? Moving can be stressful in Denver, Centennial, and Aurora, Colorado. Here is a list of necessities you will need throughout the moving process.


Boxes are obviously one of the most important parts of the packing process. You can purchase boxes from your moving company, packing supply stores, or ask for extra boxes from your local grocery, liquor, or office-supply store. Just be sure your boxes are clean and have lids. Having a variety of boxes is useful – for example, wardrobe boxes allow you to move clothes and jackets that travel best when they are hanging, while boxes with partitions are excellent for kitchen and bathroom packing.

Helpful Tip: Choose small boxes to pack your books in. Books are heaving, and a big box filled with books can be next-to-impossible to lift.

Packing Tape:

Tape is crucial to the packing process. Use standard packing tape, clear plastic mailing tape, or strapping tape (which has nylon fiber linings which cannot be torn apart without the use of scissors).

Helpful Tip: Have a tape dispenser for every member of the family or person who is packing.

Box Cutters:

When you’re unpacking, dealing with cutting all that tape can get messy. Be sure to have box cutters handy to make the unpacking process go much more quickly.

Bubble Wrap:

Bubble wrap is useful when you are packing your belongings. You can purchase bubble wrap in large quantities (it’s much cheaper this way), and then cut it into smaller squares to pack breakable items.

Pens and Markers:

You’ll need to write the contents of each box on the outside. Forget to do this, and unpacking will be a mystery! Be sure you have plenty of markers so that if one dries out you have a backup.

Trash Bags:

Be sure you have trash bags handy to throw out any items you decide you don’t need. Be ruthless when throwing out unnecessary belongings – only move the things you want to unpack.

Packing Paper:

Using tissue paper or newsprint are an important part of the packing process. You’ll need to wrap breakable and fragile items in this paper to keep them from breaking during the move. Helpful Tip: Stay away from using newsprint, which is messy and can leave stains on your clothes, hands, and belongings.

Tool Kit:

You’’ll need a basic toolkit with both flat and phillips, to help with disassembling furniture.


Keep a pair of scissors handy for cutting the packing paper or tape.

Ziplock Bags:

Keep small ziplock bags handy to store small items you gather during packing, such as screws, shelving brackets, toys, coins, etc.

Stretch Wrap:

This item is little-known to be useful for packing, but it can be a live-saver. Use it to keep drawers on cabinets and bureaus in place. Unlike tape, it leaves no sticky residue, so it’s safe to use on your furniture.

Cleaning Supplies:

When you move, you’ll find yourself in parts of your home you haven’t accessed for years, like that back closet full of dust bunnies. Cleaning supplies are an important part of packing – cleaning items before packing them will save you time when you’re unpacking.

Furniture Pads:

Furniture pads are thick and heavy felt blankets you don’t mind getting dirty. These are used to cover furniture so it doesn’t get damaged during the move.

Preparation Tips

Now you have your packing list, now it’s time to prepare and organize for packing each room in your house. Here are a few tips:

Sort and Toss: Sort through the items in each room of your house. Decide what you want to keep, what you want to donate, and what you want to toss.

Use the Things You Don’t Want  to Move: If you have perishable food items that won’t move easily, consider trying to use them up before you begin the packing process.

Pack One Room at a Time: Decide which room you’re going to start in, and then don’t move to the next room until you’re done with the first. This will assure that your belongings are all in the same group and not scattered in different boxes.

Pack Bedding and Clothing in Suitcases: Don’t pack your suitcases in the moving van empty – instead, fill them with clothing, towels, linens, and bedding.

Label Carefully: Carefully label each box after you’ve sealed it. The more information, the better when it comes to unpacking. Also mark on the box if it is fragile or not, and which side is up.

Consider Color Coding: Using a color coding system can be helpful. For example, boxes labeled in green ink all belong in the kitchen, while boxes labeled in yellow ink all go in the master bedroom.

Box Carefully: Use smaller boxes when you’re packing heavy items. This will make them much easier to lift come moving day. When packing boxes, place heavier, sturdy items on the bottom, and place lighter items on top.

Let Professionals Work: If you’ve hired professional movers such as Affordable Moving & Storage, let us pack the fragile or bulky items. We have experience packing difficult items and will work hard to get them to their destination safely.

Clean Items Before Packing: Cleaning big items like your rugs and curtains will be helpful and time-saving when you unpack. Also, when you have your rugs professional cleaned, they usually come back wrapped and rolled – making moving them much easier.

Call Affordable Moving & Storage for Your Denver Moves

If you’re moving in the Denver area, contact Affordable Moving & Storage. We offer many services. In fact, we’ll expertly pack your items for you so that nothing gets damaged during your move. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure your move goes smoothly in Parker, Arvada, or Centennial. Contact us today to get started!