Relocating households takes time, effort, and can be undoubtedly stressful. Luckily, these packing and moving tips can make this process easier on the nerves.
1. Create a checklist and a budget
Draft a moving checklist that includes a timeline and a realistic moving budget taking into account your transportation costs, boxes, storage and help you may need. By visually organising your move, you can keep a handle on events as they unfold.
2. Declutter so you can pack less
A crucial packing tip is making sure you don’t move anything you no longer need. Lighten your stress and workload by decluttering before you enter the packing stage, which means figuring out what to toss, keep, sell or donate.
3. Measure the new space and furniture
Before moving into a new house, don’t forget to take a look at the blueprint of your new home. Measure all interior spaces, as well as your own furniture. This way, you’ll know exactly what belongings will fit where and if you’re re-furnishing, it will help you in finding the right items. You’ll also be able to better direct your movers where to place all your furnishings.
4.Keep it organised
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. When it comes to packing, break it down into steps. Tackle one room at a time and always remember to pack pairs and sets together as it will make it so much easier when unpacking. To stay organised, print multi-coloured packing labels or use a different colour masking tape for each room’s boxes or containers.
Take the extra time to protect larger pieces of furniture before you move. Remove and secure all drawers and doors beforehand. Also, label cables, drawers, doors, and anything you need to remove so you know where it goes when you put it back together. Put screws and bolts into plastic bags and tape these to the back of the furniture. Take photos of any furniture you take apart to serve as a guide for putting it back together. When packing up electronics, take a photo of the back set-up so you remember which cord goes where.
5. Create a game plan
If you don’t have access to willing family and friends, it might make sense to hire professional movers. On moving day, to avoid the hassle make sure you have someone who can direct the movers. This person needs to determine which items need to be moved first. Having direction can save you lots of time and money.
Bonus tip: Chances are you’re not going to want to sift through hundreds of boxes and bags for pyjamas and a toothbrush. For this reason, don’t forget to pack an essentials bag for your first night or week in your new home. The suitcase should include a few changes of clothes, PJs, toiletries, essentials and medication.