Packing your life into boxes can seem like an enormous task, but by following these 3 simple steps you’ll be able to execute your move in style.
The best advice we can give is start small … and early. Depending on the size of your home, the sheer volume of your possessions means this process can take considerable time.
That’s especially true if you decide to use this opportunity to undertake a major declutter and finally sort through those things that are broken or that you no longer need or use.
1 Invest in some quality packaging
Protecting your belongings is the name of the game. You’ll need packing paper, sheets of bubble wrap and some high quality heavy duty boxes that will keep your belongings safe for the duration.
Safe packing is your ultimate goal, so make sure you secure the bottom and sides of each cardboard box with packing tape to prevent breakages when lifting and moving.
As a rule of thumb, large cardboard boxes are ideal for holding lighter things, while medium to small-sized containers are good for heavier items.
2 Start with the toughest rooms to pack first
Areas like garages and basements are usually the most challenging spaces to pack up when moving, so you’ll need to get tactical to keep your motivation up. Kitchens can also take far more time than anticipated due to the volume of breakable smaller items which need to be individually wrapped – so you might want to tackle this room early on, leaving out just the essentials to carry you through until the move.
Tackling your packing jobs rooms by room – starting with the hardest first – means you that the closer you get to your scheduled move day, the less challenging things will seem.
3 Breaking the ‘first-box’ barrier
Get yourself off to a flying start by boxing up those rarely used items that can be pre-packed very early on.
If you’re packing room by room, it’s a good idea to place an empty box in each room and pack the non-essentials first. As the move approaches, you can then pack more frequently used things – leaving the essentials for last.
4 Label everything
Organisation is the key to a successful move. Making an effort from the get-go will save you all sorts of headaches when unpacking in your new place. That’s especially true if your belongings need to go into storage for any amount of time.
Get some quality markers and come up with a labelling system for your boxes – numbering boxes and identifying contents and room designations will be helpful here.
Don’t forget to mark-up any boxes that will need careful handling – FRAGILE, THIS SIDE UP or HANDLE WITH CARE. This will help removal companies to know which boxes they need to take extra care with – will be useful reminders when you come to move these items again.
If you’re using a storage unit, make sure you label boxes so that those containing items you’re least likely to use are stored at the back of your unit That will ensure boxes you need to get your hands on fast can be placed at the entrance, where they’ll be easy to access.