Moving house is one of the most stressful things that you’ll ever do. The process of selling your old house and finding a new one can take a long time and there’s all sorts of paperwork and things that you have to deal with. But it’s not over once you sign the paperwork and get the keys to your new house, because now you have to deal with the actual move.
So many people make things harder than they need to when they move house because they don’t pack everything up properly. They just chuck it all in boxes randomly and then have to spend ages sorting everything out when they get to the new house. But if you learn how to pack up properly, it’ll be a lot quicker and the transition will be a lot smoother when you move into your new house. If you’re moving soon, make sure that you follow these essential packing tips to make life easier for yourself.
This is the most important piece of advice that you’ll ever get about moving house. You’ve got more stuff than you realize, a lot more, and if you leave it too late to pack it’s going to be a nightmare. So many people leave it until a week before the move and then they’re spending their whole evening packing up every day and rushing to get it all finished. But if you just start earlier, you can do small bits here and there and it will feel a lot more manageable. It’s best to start around a month or before the actual move date because you can pack up everything that you don’t use on a regular basis and then it’s just the last little bits to pack in the days before the move. If you do it that way, you can pack one box a day which shouldn’t take you more than ten minutes, rather than spending hours on it each day.
Start With Seasonal Items
When you start packing things up, always start with the seasonal things first because you won’t be using them. Things like Christmas decorations or winter coats (if it’s summer) are probably all stuffed away in a cupboard anyway so you can pack those up first without worrying about needing anything that you’ve already packed.
Get Rid Of Clutter
You can make packing easier for yourself if you only take what you actually need. We all build up clutter and junk in the house over time and a lot of it is stuff that you don’t really need at all. There’s no point moving it all over to the new house because you’re giving yourself more packing to do and wasting storage when you get there. If you have a clearout, you might be able to sell a lot of that stuff online and make some extra money while you’re at it. You can declutter at the same time as packing so it’s not really too much extra work.
If you don’t have too much stuff, you might decide that you’re going to get it all in the back of the car and do a few trips or rope in some friends and family to help you out. That’s fine when you’re taking boxes of clothes or kitchen equipment, but you can’t really do that with fragile items. You don’t want things to get broken along the way and if you stuff them into your car, that’s far more likely to happen. When it comes to more fragile items like furniture, especially anything with glass in, you need to get a proper removals company to handle it for you. They’ll be able to pack it all properly and make sure that it doesn’t get broken in transit. The last thing you want is to get there and realize that you have to replace a load of furniture because you damaged it when you were putting it into the car and moving it over to the new house.
Pack Essentials On Top
This is a simple rule which makes things a lot easier for you. If you want a seamless move into your new house, you need to pack essentials on top so you can get at them right away. When you get there, you’ll probably want to give the house a bit of a clean first. It should be left clean for you but most people like to give it a quick once over anyway, so put all of your cleaning materials on the top. Anything for the kitchen needs to be easily accessible as well so you don’t have to wait until everything is unpacked before you can cook something to eat. You don’t need to put all of your clothes on the top but you should pack a separate box with enough for the next few days so you’ve got something to wear while you’re unpacking the rest of it.
Put Heavy Boxes On The Bottom
This is common sense really but a lot of people forget to consider the weight of the boxes when they’re packing everything up. If you’ve got heavier boxes on the top, you’re just going to crush the things that are underneath. It’s not the end of the world if it’s just clothes on the bottom but you don’t want to put heavy things on top of a box of plates, for example, otherwise, you’ll be unpacking a lot of boxes filled with broken items.
Group And Label Everything
If you have 30 unmarked boxes of random stuff in the back of a van and you need something specific, you could spend hours trying to find it. That’s why you need to group things together, either by room or the order that you’re going to need them and make sure that you label them all properly. That way, you can unpack everything easily without having to open every single box and work out where it should go.
If you follow these simple tips when you’re packing up the house, it will be a lot quicker and easier for you.