From decluttering to labeling, master the art of packing with these expert tips
Moving house can be a daunting and stressful task. The physical demands of moving day, coupled with the overwhelming admin pressures, can make the process seem overwhelming. As someone who has moved ten times, I have learned valuable lessons along the way. Now, as I prepare to move into my first permanent home, I have had to put extra thought and effort into the packing process, as I will be downsizing. With the help of professional movers, I have compiled a list of seven essential packing tips that will make your move smoother and more efficient.
1. Allow plenty of time to pack:
Packing up an entire home cannot be left until the last minute. It is best to tackle the task bit by bit, spreading it out over several weeks leading up to the move. Nancy Zafrani, General Manager of Oz Moving & Storage, advises starting the packing process two weeks to a month in advance. This allows you to avoid the mental exhaustion and stress that comes with last-minute packing. Create a moving-out checklist to ensure that no item is overlooked.
2. Declutter as you go:
Moving house presents the perfect opportunity to declutter and get rid of items you no longer need or want. As you pack, take the time to assess each item and decide whether it is worth bringing to your new home. Donating unwanted items to charity or selling them online can help lighten your load and create a fresh start in your new space.
3. Box up the least important items first:
To pack efficiently, start with items that you use the least. Nancy recommends beginning with seasonal items, purely decorative pieces, and books. Categorizing your belongings and packing them accordingly will make the unpacking process much easier once you arrive at your new home.
4. Use reusable bins where possible:
While cardboard boxes are useful for moving, they can quickly become clutter in your new home. Consider using reusable bins for heavier items, which can double as storage in your new space. Some moving companies offer the option to rent these bins, saving you the hassle of building and disposing of cardboard boxes.
5. Label all your boxes:
Labeling your boxes might seem like an extra step, but it will save you time and frustration when unpacking. Clearly mark each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. You can even involve your children by letting them decorate their own boxes, making it easier for them to locate their belongings.
6. Opt for recyclable protective wrap:
Instead of using traditional bubble wrap, consider using recyclable paper honeycomb wrap. This eco-friendly alternative takes up less space and can be easily recycled once you finish unpacking. It provides adequate protection for fragile items while minimizing waste.
7. Use a suitcase for an overnight bag:
Pack a suitcase with essentials for the night before and the morning of the move. This way, you won’t have to search through boxes for items you need immediately. Include bedding, toiletries, medications, chargers, and a change of clothes. Treating it like a mini-vacation will help you relax and settle into your new home without the added stress of unpacking right away.
Moving house doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. By following these seven essential packing tips, you can make the process more manageable and efficient. Allowing yourself plenty of time to pack, decluttering as you go, and using reusable bins will help streamline the process. Labeling your boxes, opting for recyclable protective wrap, and packing an overnight bag in a suitcase will ensure a smooth transition into your new home. So, take a deep breath, embrace the adventure, and enjoy the excitement of starting fresh in a new space.