8 Packing tips for a smooth house move
There’s no escaping the fact that packing for a house move can be a huge challenge, especially if you don’t have a plan of action to get the job done.
So, to make sure you’re able to pack efficiently and without too much stress, we’re sharing some of our favourite (and brilliantly simple) packing hacks.
1. Ditch the clutter
Let’s talk about clutter. If you’ve moved house before, how often have you moved clothes, books and CDs from one house to another, only for them to never be used?
To make your packing easy, it’s absolutely essential to ditch the ‘maybe one day’ attitude and be ruthless about what you do and don’t need. If you don’t use that dusty old exercise equipment, don’t guilt yourself into keeping it. And if that book has been sitting on your shelf for years, perhaps it’s time to pass it on to someone who will read it.
2. Save old newspapers, bubble wrap and boxes
In the run up to the move, make sure you save up old newspapers (or ask family members to keep hold of their weeklies) so you have cheap and plentiful wrapping for breakables.
Alternatively, use your blankets, pillows and duvets to wrap up delicate items ready for transportation. It’s also a good idea to collect bubble wrap and boxes in the run up to the move, perhaps kept from online deliveries.
3. Keep essential items handy
Think about what you’ll need on moving day, whether that’s a wash bag, change of clothes, bedding, mobile phone or tablet chargers. These items are easy to forget but your day will be much less enjoyable if you don’t have them.
Keep in mind if your new home has curtains or blinds too, because if it doesn’t you’ll most likely want something to dress the windows with on the first night, such as a large blanket.
4. Label as you go along
Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing or buying your first home, labelling is absolutely essential when packing your belongings. Fail to be organised, and you’ll be clueless on moving day when you’re looking for the kettle or trying to find a jumper as the evening draws in.
Label boxes room by room, including a brief overview of what items are inside so that you can find items quickly if need be.
5. Pack a ‘first to open’ box
When you move, there are certain items you’ll want to hand as soon as you get through the front door, so plan ahead and make sure you know exactly which box to open first.
6. Think about weight
As you pack your boxes, pay particular attention to the weight of each item you’re putting inside. It’s best to pack a few heavy items into small, shallow boxes to keep weight per box to an absolute minimum.
Even for the most muscular of people, you’ll be thankful come moving day that you don’t have to lug box after impossibly heavy box from the van to the house.
7. Take furniture apart
It’s much easier to lift and manoeuvre a bed or chest of drawers in several parts, so make sure you disassemble any flat packed furniture before you move.
To make life easier at the other end, bag up any screws and dowels in a clearly marked freezer bag, so you have everything to hand when putting your furniture back together, while you’ll need basic tools handy so that you can re-assemble everything.
8. Enjoy regular breaks
Packing can be very stressful, but it’s much easier to cope with the trials and tribulations of moving if you take a break from time to time.
Whether you’re enjoying a cup of tea or watching your favourite TV show, don’t neglect a little downtime, and encourage your partner to do the same.