If you are planning on moving home and upgrading to something new fairly soon, you might want to start planning how you’ll pack everything up. It’s not just about taking a box and shoveling everything in like a crazy person- you need to make some decisions and take your time to make sure you make the process easier for yourself in the long run. Here are some top tips for packing up your items when you are moving house:
Handle with care
Before you try to pack everything on top of each other haphazardly, think about making the job easier for yourself when you get to your new home. The last thing you want is to open up a box and be faced with shattered glass or crockery. Invest in lots of bubble wrap or air pillows and be careful when you pack up fragile objects. Make sure you label the box fragile so that you know when you move the items to your new home. If you decide to use a moving company, it means they know which boxes to take extra care with, and the company will insure you for any damages.
Don’t overload the box
It’s tempting to get your things into as few boxes as possible, but you need to think about how much you can physically carry. It’s unrealistic to think you’ll be able to carry every book you own at once, so don’t force yourself to. Pack in smaller boxes to make the move more manageable for everyone.
Don’t leave it until the last minute
Don’t wait until you get the moving date from the solicitor. You should be preparing your home for moving way before that, as soon as you’ve handed in your contract. Start decluttering things you no longer use or want, and take that extra time to pack up non-essential items. It will make your moving week much less stressful.
Pack Up Less Used Rooms
If you have a random spare room that no one ever uses, pack it up. You will save yourself time when it comes to the big push, and you can use the spare room as a hub for all of your moving boxes as you pack things up.
Unpacking takes a lot of time, but it will take even more time if you don’t label up your boxes with room names and items. Make life easier by telling yourself which boxes your pans are in, so that when you reach your new kitchen you can unload them right away.
If you have a family, make sure that you keep certain items aside for the first night in the new home. Moving house can be scary for children, so having familiar items such as a soft toy or a blanket will make that first day go much more smoothly for them. Also, pack yourself and your partner essential items for the first night so that you don’t need to rush into unpacking everything straight away. Relax and have a takeaway on your first night to save setting up your appliances.