Pack like a Pro: your expert guide to moving home
Moving home can be stressful at the best of times, never mind during a global pandemic. Family-run removal company Bennett Removals shares its five top tips for a smooth move, so you can avoid any packing faux pas!
- Declutter BEFORE you start packing
It can be frustrating to find yourself packing away items that are taking up space and costing you money to move when you’ve forgotten that you had them or haven’t even used them in years. This is why we recommend that you declutter well in advance of your move, so that you are only taking things with you that you actually want or need.
To simplify this process, allow yourself plenty of time. A few weeks before you plan to move, take a look around your home and make three piles. Pile number one will be your dump pile, pile number two will be your donate pile and pile number three will be your keep pile.
By sorting and decluttering your space in advance you will save yourselves loads of time and, most importantly, stress when it comes to the final move.
2. Think of moving like boarding a flight
It may sound strange, but just like when you’re going to an airport, you want your important stuff handy, everything secured safely, and your liquids stored in the most leak-proof way possible – which all applies to moving house, too.
Always pack the most important things last. For example, any important documents, passports or identification cards, medicines and toiletries, tools, along with any snacks, changes of clothes and bedding, should all be packed last as they may be the first things you need once you get into your new place. Even better, take them in a separate holdall (just like you would on a plane), so that you don’t have to pull apart boxes to get your overnight essentials for the first few days in your new place.
And when it comes to packing anything that is of liquid form or may leak or spill, make sure you pack this far away from any non-waterproof items, especially clothes and furniture. Storing this type of stuff in a waterproof container is best for preventing any leakages.
3. Don’t place your heavy items all in one box
In most homes you tend to find that common sense organising leaves you with a lot of heavy items in one place. For example, all your books will be in a bookcase and all of your pans will be in one cupboard. Although this makes perfect sense when you’re settled, you need to resist the temptation to pack all of your heavy items in one box – even if it goes against your organisational rationale.
Sensible weight distribution is make or break, literally. If you place all of your cushions in one box and all of your books in another, although carrying the cushions will be a breeze, the chances are that the boxful of books will be a pain to carry and a standard cardboard box might not be able to take the strain.
Instead, separate your heavier items across a few boxes, placing them in the bottom of the box and layering lighter items on top. This way all of your boxes should be easier to carry and you’re less likely to end up with any broken boxes (or backs).
4. Never underestimate the power of labelling
No matter how organised you think you are, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of boxes during your move and lose track of what is inside what. A labelling system is a simple but effective solution for making your life easier when you’re unpacking boxes at your new place – but only if you stick to it consistently.
Although it might seem slightly gruelling at the time, labelling each box with either its contents or the room that it’s supposed to go in will save you a lot of stress in the long run. It means that you or your movers can drop your boxes off in the right room and save yourself the stress of desperately rummaging around for something later on. Just make sure that you label all the boxes and don’t lose momentum halfway through because you’ll only end up regretting it later.
5. If you dread moving clothes, a wardrobe box can help
Clothing can bring a lot of extra stress to your house move, leaving you fumbling for hangers and with a lot of ironing to do. A simple solution that most people aren’t aware of is using wardrobe boxes, which are essentially small wardrobes made from cardboard.
You might not be able to fit a huge amount in, but especially for items that crease easily, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort by keeping everything upright and on hangers for a speedy wardrobe transfer and minimal crumpled clothes.
Written by Reef Pearson, Bennett Removals
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