How to Pack Your Electronics

Let’s face it. Moving is stressful. But what’s even worse is getting to your new place, unpacking and realizing your electronics are either all out of order or broken. All I want to do is plug in my TV and relax for a few minutes!

So here are a few tips from Move For Free to keep your electronics in order during a move to your new apartment.

Have the Original Boxes? Use Them

This is probably a long shot for most renters, but if you still have the original boxes for your TV, computer, etc., then moving into a new apartment for rent is the time where keeping those boxes really pays off. Packing your different electronics in the original boxes can make a tremendous difference in keeping all your cables separated and remotes in the right place. In addition, if you have the old box you may also have the Styrofoam protection inside the box. That means your electronics will be protected for the trip to your new apartment home!

Color Code the Cords

Okay, so if you don’t have the original boxes, what now? It’s time to break out the rolls of colored tape and color code all your cables. Unplug and wrap cables and cords one at a time. Label them with the correct color (red for TV, blue for computer, etc.), and, if you struggle with putting things back in place, you can also write what exactly that individual cable or cord does on the colored tape.

Group Rooms Together

One of the biggest temptations when packing your electronics is to throw all your cables and cords in one big box. Even if you’ve color coded them, this can cause major headaches after you’re moved in to the new place. The best bet is to use smaller boxes and bags for each room, and keep the bedroom cables and cords separated from the living room cables and cords. Trust me, it’s worth it in the end.

Protect Your Electronics

If you don’t have the original boxes and Styrofoam protection, you’ll need to make sure your television, monitors and other electronics are protected during the move. I tend to do two things. First, I buy those sheets of thin, foam protection and wrap my electronics – especially the corners. Then I get a sheet or blanket and wrap it as well. You’ll also want to make sure you properly pack your electronics. It’s common sense, but you can’t just throw a TV on top of a bunch of other items in the moving truck. Take a few minutes to make sure the high-dollar items are secure.