Moving house is a happy and important part of life and something which we will all encounter at least once in our lifetime, but that’s not to say it doesn’t come with its challenges. Moving house is a notoriously stressful process, ranked just after divorce when it comes to the top most stressful life events.
But it doesn’t have to be a disaster, we have compiled our top tips and clever home moving hacks to make your move easier, stress-free and dare we say enjoyable! Sounds too good to be true? Read on take advantage of these great moving hints and packing tips for yourself!
First and foremost, declutter. Put simply the less you pack now, the less you will have to unpack at the other end. Be ruthless you may well have decluttered when you staged your home to sell, but that does not mean there is not more work to be done. We’ve all been there, keeping things because of sentimental value, but learn to let go of the sentimental items you don’t need, you are not your stuff, give to friends, donate to charity, sell or even throw away. With larger items, think about where these might go, be sure to take measurements of your new home, any items that don’t fit or you think you’ll not going to use, get rid of them now.
Assemble your moving supplies
Preparation is key. If you’re going to go to war and tackle the packing you need to assemble your army of packing supplies. Let’s talk boxes. To pack up an average three-bedroom house, you’ll typically require a box count in the region of 25-30 medium boxes, 15-25 large boxes, and 10-12 extra-large boxes. This number will vary slightly depending on the size of the rooms and the volume of items you have to pack. Invest in good quality, packing boxes, these are relatively inexpensive, but with the added durability and strength that used boxes picked up from a supermarket lack. Buy online, or from local hardware stores, DIY stores or nationwide self-storage providers. Also, as they come in standard industry sizes, it makes it easier for professional movers to quote overall costs for moving day.
Other supplies to gather include: packing tape with a dispenser to save time and effort, marker pens, at least 20m of quality bubble wrap, and other useful protective items like plastic mattress covers.
As soon as you have a moving date set, get to work with the packing. The sooner you get packing, the more organised you’ll be when moving day comes around. Make a plan and stick to it, a good starting point is making a room by room checklist, listing what items you need to pack, and what packing materials you think you’ll need. One of the best ways to begin packing is to start with packing items in the rooms you use least, like the loft, garage or spare bedroom, pack, all non-essential items think Christmas decorations. Leave items that you use every day to the very last minute. Sounds simple it is.
Always consider the size and weight of the items you’re packing. Pack heavier bits into smaller boxes like books, magazines and small appliances and lighter items into larger sized boxes, like soft furnishings, bedding and towels. This technique prevents the boxes from becoming too heavy to move and minimises the chance of the box buckling under the weight, which is key if you decide to do the heavy lifting yourself. Get creative, fill your laundry baskets to transport items, pack your clothes into your travel suitcases and wrap breakables and fragile items with your soft clothing, linens and towels, for larger items use cushions for padding. If you have kitchen plates to transport, instead of individually wrapping in bubble wrap, buy a pack of disposable foam plates used for parties, to place in between each plate.
Save time with your box labelling and colour code your boxes to correspond to each different room and areas of your new home. By colour coding your belongings, it makes the moving process not only easier for you but for the professional movers or friends or family you draft in to help on moving day. At a glance, you’ll be able to quickly and easily identify what needs to go where. Use different coloured packing tape, coloured stickers or coloured marker pens. Place a corresponding piece of the coloured tape on the doors of the rooms of your new house so that the boxes can be placed easily in the right place at the other end. If you choose not to colour code, be sure to label each box clearly with where it needs to go, include a brief description of the contents and mark weight if heavy or fragile.
Take a picture of your electronic setups
It can be tricky to remember where all the wires go, so don’t forget to take a picture of your electronic device setups like the back of the TV so that you can refer back to it when needed.
Pack a first-night essentials box
After a long chaotic day of moving, you’re likely to be surrounded in a sea of boxes, the last thing you want to do is hunt around for your essential items likely to be spread across multiple boxes across many rooms. Therefore, it’s a great idea to put all those items you may need for the first night in one handy box. Include items like toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, tissue, towels, pyjamas, bedding, blow up bed if your bed is unable to be assembled straight away and a change of clothes for the next day. Other useful items include medication, pet supplies, electronics and corresponding chargers as well as kitchen necessities, a box cutter and first-aid kit. Label box clearly as first-night essentials and open me first.
Cut triangle holes into boxes
To transport boxes safely, if not already provided, carefully cut out triangle-shaped holes on either side of the box for easy lifting.
Bag up your hanging clothes
Save time and use suit bag carriers or bin bags to bag up your hanging items, fasten with an elastic band. Or if your budget allows, purchase wardrobe boxes which contain an inbuilt rail and allow for easy transportation. Once at the other end, uncover and hang quickly and efficiently back into the wardrobe.
Don’t empty all your drawers
Instead of wasting time unpacking items from dresser drawers, and packing them into boxes, leave them where they are and secure the drawer by wrapping in plastic wrap. If the dresser is not too heavy, leave the drawers in the dresser and wrap up the dresser itself in plastic wrap. Be sure to remove either fragile items and items that may spill on transportation or wrap with extra sheets of bubble wrap to protect if leaving where they are.
Bag up your bolts and screws
When disassembling bedroom furniture place bolts and screws in a small sandwich bag, label clearly and tape the bag to the furniture to which it belongs. This way, when you come to put the furniture back together, everything you need, is close to hand.