Planning to move to a new house can be a stressful task, especially if you have lots of things in your current home to sort through. Before you let the whole process become overwhelming or too stressful, take a step back and look at how you can organise your moving process. From planned packing, to putting tasks into order of importance, there are certain steps you can take to make the whole moving process much more pleasant and easier to handle. We’ve selected a few of our top tips on organising and packing your home, to ensure your move runs smoothly.
Check Your Supplies
Before you get started on the actual packing or sorting process, you need to make sure you have everything you need to pack properly. The first thing you want to purchase are some durable cardboard boxes, in a range of different sizes. You then need to get some packing tape, permanent markers, bubble wrap, sticky labels and some old newspapers. These items will all come in very handy at some point throughout the move. Make sure you have plenty to accommodate each room, as you’ll be surprised just how many boxes can be filled and how much bubble wrap you’ll go through, and you can never have too much.
We’re all guilty of letting things build up over time and begin to clutter the house, especially when it comes to items such as magazines. Give your home a thorough declutter to ensure you’re not taking any unnecessary items to your next property, as you don’t want to be moving rubbish from one house to the next. If you don’t feel like your old oak furniture, English literature book collection or your child’s family of teddies are ready to be thrown away just yet, you could even look at making a little extra money by selling them, or even donating them to charity. As long as you’re able to remove the clutter from your home, you’ll find your packing becomes much easier.
Create a Packing Order
By creating a clear packing order for your home, you’re simply making your own life a little bit easier. There’s nothing worse than having a home that has half packed rooms and nowhere to actually sit down and relax when the time comes. Figure out which rooms you need to be able to use and have full access too until your moving date, and then decide which rooms (in order) are less likely to be used in the time remaining. When it comes to the packing, start with the room that requires the least use, as this will make it much easier for you to continue living in the house until your move date.
Stick to One Room
When you begin to pack up a house, it can be very easy to become distracted and stop one task and start another. This is one of the worst things you can do, as you’ll end up forgetting what you’ve done and not knowing what is left to do. Focus on packing up one room at a time, ensuring it’s completely empty before moving on to the next. You’ll also find that this helps to speed up the process, as you can tick off each room as you complete it and start the next room with a fresh mind. Similarly, you want to try and keep certain items in their dedicated rooms, as this will really help when it comes to unpacking in your new home.
Use Sticky Labels
The last thing you want when the removal van drops off your boxes at your new home, is to have no idea what is in each box. It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised just how many people pack up their homes and forget to label each box to make their unpacking easier. Label each box with the room that it came from, and then add extra labels for items that may be fragile, heavy and so on. By labelling your boxes you will find you have made your whole moving experience ten times more manageable.