If there is one time when we want things to go as simply as possible – it’s when we move to a new house. It’s possibly one of the top stressful experiences most of us will face and can leave even hardened optimists feeling that the world is conspiring against them.
To help, here are ten great packing hacks that will make your moving day run like a well-oiled machine.
- Keep Your Essentials Separate
To get you through the big day, pack a bag with essential things including your laptop or tablet, toiletries and water. Perhaps a tea bag or two is also in order, just to make sure you have that well deserved cuppa when you most need it. Make a list of what you’ll need on the day and get it ready before you do anything else.
- Make Sure You Have Plenty of Bubble Wrap
Do a good audit of what you need to pack and what’s going to need wrapping before the move. That means having enough bubble wrap or old newspaper to hand so that you can cover everything. It’s always best to have too much than too little.
- Use Clothing to Wrap
If you find yourself short of bubble wrap, use your clothes to wrap ornaments and other delicate objects. Socks are great for objects such as stem glasses if you’re short of the usual wrapping tools.
- Label your Boxes Properly
To save you lugging boxes around at your new home, make sure you label them properly. Clearly identify if they are fragile, what they contain and, just as importantly, which room they are supposed to go in.
- Protect Your Toiletries
The last thing you want is to get to your new home and find your toiletries and makeup in a bad state. Protect compacts by opening and putting a cotton pad over the powder or stop bottles leaking by unscrewing and wrapping in Clingfilm around the neck before putting the top back on.
- Don’t Break Your Plates
Crockery and plates can easily get broken. To give them more chance, wrap properly and stack vertically rather than horizontally.
- Use Your Drawers
If you don’t have enough boxes for packing, utilising your dresser drawers is an excellent option. Rather than unloading all the clothes, pack them into sealable bags to keep them safe. You’ll be surprised how much extra stuff you can get in there and the space it saves when moving.
- Buy Some Sandwich Bags
They’re cheap and cheerful but very, very useful. A roll of sandwich bags can take care of all those little items. If you need to dismantle a bed, for example, they’re a great container for the screws so you don’t lose them. They’re also brilliant for odds and ends such as jewellery and toiletries.
- Take a Snap of Your Electronics
Items like computers and home entertainment systems can be difficult to disconnect and then set up again, especially if you’ve lost the old manual. The easiest way to jog your memory is to take a quick snap of the connections with your smartphone. That way you can refer to it when you get to your new home.
- Hire a Removal Firm
While you may want to cut the costs, hiring a removal firm can be a more effective option simply because you’re putting yourself in the hands of professionals. Choose the right company and you’ll find that moving from A to B is a lot simpler than you think.