As everyone knows, moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do, and whether you're relocating down the road or moving to an entirely different country, packing is a necessary evil that is often responsible for more frustration than anything else. But fear not! By following these expert tips you can minimise stress caused by the packing process and ensure that everything gets from A to B in one piece.
When packing your belongings, make sure that you do your best to completely fill all boxes and containers. Not only will this save on space, but it will ensure that the boxes do not collapse during transit and that their contents remain undamaged. It is a good idea to fill any remaining gaps with packing materials—newspapers, bubble-wrap, and even clothing can be used for extra padding!
This one is easy to forget, but remembering to do so will make your life much easier when it's time to unpack in your lovely new home. There is nothing worse than being in a new abode and having to rummage through a mountain of mystery boxes to find your kettle; and let's face it, you're going to need that cup of tea when you arrive. Labelling your boxes should definitely be at the top of your moving checklist.
Moving furniture can often be tricky, laborious, and even dangerous—especially for your furniture! It is a good idea to protect your furniture much in the same way as you would your other items, particularly if you have dissembled any of it for removal. Wrap what you can in protective materials, making sure that any nuts and bolts are kept together—zip-lock bags are ideal for this. If you do not have any of your own, ask your man with a van if they can cover the floor of the vehicle with furniture blankets to further ensure the safety of your items.
You may require access to certain items such as clothing or paperwork before everything is unpacked and you are settled in your new home. Make sure that such items are stored together and in a manner that enables you to get to them easily. Arranging your boxes so that the important ones are closest to the doors is a great idea, and putting together a 'survival kit' of things you might need as soon as you arrive is something often overlooked by movers.
Once you have assembled all the materials and boxes you think you will need, start packing! It usually takes longer than expected to get everything safely packed away, so give yourself ample time. This way, if—or when—you realise that you need more materials, you aren't in a rush to get them. Friends and family will often be more than happy to help out and save you some valuable time, so don't hesitate to ask if you feel overwhelmed.
Having a thorough clear out is never a bad idea, and is an especially good one when you have to move all of your belongings to a new house. Not only will this minimise the amount you have to pack and unpack, but it will mean that your new house is clutter-free and ready for any new additions you might like to add. Try not to just dump your unwanted items, though; perhaps sell them on the internet, at a jumble sale, or donate them to charity instead.