In today’s mobile society, relocation is an accepted part of moving up and moving out. Get ready for your move by following a few simple tips and you’ll see the experience doesn’t have to be as stressful as you might think.
Depending on the volume of personal items you are packing, the time you invest in organizing each box will pay off once you start unpacking in your new home. Have a special notebook where you can make a list of items contained in each box. Although items are usually grouped by type of room, there are inevitably some boxes that become catch all’s for smaller items. Even if you will not be packing items yourself, you’ll be glad you kept track of how items are grouped so you can easily find things you might need right away after the move. Indicate what room the box came from by either writing the room on the outside of the box or by colour coordinating your labels. For example, boxes packed with items from the bedroom get a blue label. For boxes you know you will need to open the first day you arrive, such as boxes containing sheets and towels, also mark them with a red label for easy identification. Make sure you have plenty of supplies before you get started such as markers, labels, packing tape, and boxes.
Begin Packing Early
In order to reserve your energy and not overexert yourself right before the move, begin packing non-essential items a couple of weeks early. Be careful though, once things come out of the cabinets they take up space, so designate a room with less people traffic to stack boxes as you get them packed. Once again, even if you arehiring professionals to do your packing, it pays to begin grouping things you will want packed together. Strangers unfamiliar with your personal items may not subscribe to the same logic of household organization. Consolidate remaining items to ensure nothing gets left behind.
Tackle the Least Orderly Areas First
Whether you live in a house or an apartment, we all have storage areas that become increasing disorganized and shrouded in mystery as time goes by. Tackle the closet, garage, attic, and shed first before you get started on the more organized areas of your home. You might find you need to make special concessions for certain items, such as the lawn mower or valuable antiques. It’s also a good idea to thoroughly clean everything that will be packed to avoid bringing old dirt to your fresh new home.
Getting Rid of Clutter
Moving is great incentive for going through things and getting rid of clutter. Any objects or clothing that may have been lingering around the house long past their usefulness can be either sold at a yard sale or donated to charity. Anything broken or barely functioning can be recycled or tossed. Carefully go through old papers and documents – you probably don’t need the instructional manual for that TV you gave to your brother four years ago. Give away any clothing you haven’t worn within the last two years, you probably will not miss it and someone else might be able to use it.
Packing Tip 1
Have a box called a ‘Priority/bits box’. In this box we advise you to put all your bed bolts, bed legs, TV cords/remotes etc. These should all be bagged and labelled for easy access at your new house.
Packing Tip 2
We recommend you take photos of the back of your TVs, surround sound, computers before pulling all the wires out so you do not spend hours trying to figure out how it should be put back together.
Packing Tip 3
Use proper furniture removal boxes, butchers paper and packers tape for packing to ensure safe moving of all your possessions. Do not use newspaper as the ink transfers.
Packing Tip 4
When packing a carton place larger items at the bottom and small items at the top. Ensure that you pack all cartons right to the top, filling all the gaps to prevent the boxes from collapsing.
Packing Tip 5
Never overload your boxes with heavy items, place heavy items like books, cutlery into book boxes. Book boxes are also good for your stemmed glassware and more delicate items (books & glassware shouldn’t be packed together).
Packing Tip 6
Always wrap breakables in butcher’s paper before putting into the carton and never lay it flat, have your items in an upright position to avoid damages.
Packing Tip 7
If it fits into a box it should go in a box. This will save time on your moving day as walking handfuls back and forwards is time consuming and the removalist is able to stack the moving truck more safely.
Packing Tip 8
Label all your boxes with brief description of contents and what room it is going to in your new house.
Packing Tip 9
For the budget conscious, preparation for the moving day is key. Dismantle all the beds and any flat pack furniture. Have all your packing done before moving day and have a allocated area for your ‘do not move pile’ if there are items not going to your new house or that you are transporting yourself.
Packing Tip 10
If there is furniture not going, it may be a good idea for you to use coloured stickers on these items to avoid these been accidentally loaded.