The thought of moving to a new home can at times be a delight. Then there is the packing, which is not so fun due to the frustrations of sorting through your items making life easier for you when you are unboxing. Fortunately there are numerous ways you can prepare and pack for the big move that will take a whole load off your shoulders. Here are some top tips for you to consider when packing:
Get your materials!
Being prepared in advance for your move will save you loads of time and money in the long run. You will need to stock up on packing materials such as: boxes, bubble wrap, parcel tape, marker pens etc… Therefore buying these items in bulk is a great idea. When looking for removal boxes, consider checking at your local supermarket, bookshop or bar, you are most likely to find strong boxes free of charge!
Create a list of contents
A list is one of the best ways to keep things organised. Before you even start to pack your first moving box, consider creating a simple list or record keeping system. Make a list with numbers (you may use a computer and then print with label printer) leaving space to write the contents of what’s in the box. You would place a number on each of your boxes you pack, listing the contents on your list. When describing what is in your box, it is better to be as detailed as you possibly can; for example “computer games” is better than just writing “CDs” or “discs”, and “DIY books” is better than just “books”.
Use coloured labels or stickers
Give each room in your new house a designated colour for example (??), blue for the living room, red for the kitchen, green for the bathroom, orange for your kids bedroom and so forth. Place coloured labels on the box near the box number, you could even use shapes or icons, then place matching labels on the door to each room. When the movers arrive with the boxes, they can simply place them in their suited room.
Keep important papers on you
This may consist of birth certificates, marriage certificates, contact details for new job, mover estimates, bank statements, school reports, maps, phone book, utility bills etc. It is better to keep all of these documents with you rather than leaving them with the mover. Putting them in a ring binder folder and placing them in your own vehicle is the safer option.
Place items together
Keep similar items next to each other when you or the movers are packing boxes. For example, place hooks and screws with mirrors or pictures, light bulbs with lamps or ceiling light shades and extension cords with appliances and electronics.
Give everyone in household personal storage boxes.
Use decorated or brightly coloured tote storage boxes for every person within your household. Allow each family member to fill this box with anything they want or need right away once moving to the new home, this will save you the stress and time. Fill these boxes with, towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, tablets, bed sheets, telephone, a few extension cords, pens, notebook, torch, toilet paper, tea, kettle and so forth.
Place clothing in wardrobe cartons
No crease, no fuss! Do you want to keep your fancy dress and designer clothes crease free? Then place them in wardrobe cartons that are used by removal companies. This ensures your clothes are kept secure, and think about it! You won’t have ironing on the top of your list once you are settled into your new home.