Moving home is one of the most exciting, time-consuming, and stressful things you will have to do during your lifetime. When the time comes to move house and you have a whole family to try and pack for it can become a mountain of a challenge that seems almost impossible to climb.
Today though, we want to discuss how it’s not so bad; and in fact, there are many ways that you can make the packing process easier for yourself and the rest of your family to ensure that moving house is a breeze.
Follow some of these simple tips and tricks this year when you move house and hopefully, your packing and moving experience will be stress-free.
Use a storage unit for bigger appliances
One of the first tips you can take on board when you are planning to make the move to a new home is to hire out a Storage unit for a few days or weeks while you get ready to move. You don’t need to use your storage unit to house every box in your house, but it will be a good idea for you to use it for larger items such as a sofa, oven, fridge etc. If for example, you are moving into a house where you will purchase a lot of new appliances, having a storage unit allows you to order and store your furniture ahead of time, and this way you will be able to avoid all of those annoying waiting times once you reach your new home.
Moving Home – Hire a van
Moving vans can be incredibly expensive and for what they will charge you, it might be better for you to simply pay for a van for the day and move your items yourself. This is particularly useful if you have things that are in storage as you’ll be able to load most of these items onto the back of a van with ease and take them where you need to. A van can make your moving experience much less stressful and it will allow you to move almost everything in a couple of hours.
Roll your clothes
When packing your clothes in boxes for the move, consider rolling them up rather than folding them into the boxes. Rolling your clothes can actually be good for several reasons. First of all, it will allow you to save space in your boxes and more items will fit into your boxes. Secondly, folding your clothes can actually prevent creasing so it is much more likely that your favourite items will be in great condition when you unpack at the new house.
Use vacuum bags
If you have a lot of larger clothes as well as linens and towels that will take up boxes – one great hack is to buy yourself a few vacuum bags online and use these to shrink down your items and make them easier to pack and transport. It is important to note that even in your new house, you will be able to use vacuum bags to keep out of season clothes fresh in storage and this can free up a lot of space in your wardrobe.
Make a list
When packing up your home completely it is a good idea to make a list of items that will likely fit together in boxes. For example, your cosmetics and toiletries will go in the same box, as would your books and DVDs. Make sure to organise what will be packed together because this will ensure that you make the most of every box during packing but also that when you try to unpack at the other end you don’t have loads of boxes filled with random items that have been shovelled into them.
Moving Home – Colour code your boxes
One very helpful trick to try if you have multiple children in your family is to colour code your boxes to each member of the household. By colour coding your boxes for every person in the house you will easily be able to carry the boxes to the new home at the other end and place them into the correct bedroom before you even start to unpack. You can also consider packing your boxes by room and colour coding them by which room of the new house they will belong in. Either way, by segmenting your boxes in this way it will save you a lot of time when you do get to your new home.
Moving Home – Label every box
When packing up to move house a lot of us have a habit of throwing items together from the same room but not labelling what is inside a box. The thing is, even if you have clothes for your bedroom in one box, you might also have bedding, and cosmetics, and toiletries. By not knowing what is inside every box it is easy for you to get lost with your unpacking. Try writing down roughly what is inside every box and then it will be easier when you get to the new home to bring boxes where they need to be for unpacking.
One thing a lot of us don’t consider when moving house is that we should declutter a little before packing up our things. When you are upping and moving your whole life to a new place, there will always be items that you simply don’t want or need – and it is best to go through these things before you move because it will save you when packing.
Use suitcases for heavy items
One of the best hacks you will get from our list today is to pack some of your heavier items into wheeled suitcases for easier transport. If you have some heavy items that are difficult for you to carry, don’t hesitate to put them into a suitcase and pack it tightly so that you can wheel it to and from your van instead of struggling to carry it. This can be a great option if you have things like small kitchen appliances, computers, or other devices that are difficult to carry.
Pack with newspaper
In the weeks leading up to packing your bags for the move, don’t recycle your newspapers. We all get newspapers now and again, and this type of paper actually makes for great packing material. You can use newspapers to fill and surround glassware or delicate items in your boxes and it will provide some cushioning during transit. This will make your life a lot easier and mean you are much less likely to suffer damage.
Make a moving day bag
One of the most important things you should do when packing up your home ready for moving day is to pack a gym bag with things you will need to have on the day or the night before. Imagine you are packing to stay overnight in a hotel. You’ll want a toothbrush, clothes, any essential chargers, and anything you think you will need on the day you move. Make sure to also consider the food you will eat on moving day because it will be a stressful and busy time, and a sandwich might be all you have time to eat.
Moving Home – Start on the least used rooms
When moving home, it is a good idea to start early and start with the parts of the house you rarely use. This will likely be your loft, spare room, or garage – and packing these up nice and early will take the stress off you and help you to make your packing experience stress-free.