21 Tips for Packing to Move House

21 Tips for Packing to Move House


Moving to a new home can be incredibly exciting, but first, you've got to make it through the move itself. Moving house is often stressful but with careful planning, you can make your next move your easiest one yet. Follow these tips to do it right:
  1. Create a Plan- Don't just start throwing things in boxes. Make yourself a schedule to help you stay on track.
  2. Pack by Room - Items from a single cabinet or drawer should all go in the same box. This will make things much easier when it is time to unpack.
  3. Label Everything - You don't want to waste time searching through boxes to find what you need when you arrive at your new home. Label each box clearly with detailed descriptions of what's inside.
  4. Start with Less-Used Items - Pack things you won't need before the move first, like off-season clothing, keepsakes, books and spare linens. This way, you can start packing early on without worrying about needing the items right away.
  5. Save the Essentials for Last - Things like toiletries, everyday dishes and utensils, work clothes and other items you use frequently should be the last to get packed.
  6. Make Use of Your Luggage - Rolling suitcases are great for packing heavy items like books and dishes, and duffel bags are perfect for clothing, blankets and other soft items.
  7. Save Time by Moving Full Drawers - If your dresser has removable drawers, don't bother packing the items inside in boxes. Simply cover the top with plastic wrap to use the drawers like boxes.
  8. Protect Your Furniture - If your removalist provides packing blankets, be sure to take advantage of them. Wrap any wooden furniture to protect it from scratches, dents and other damage.
  9. Pack Heavy to Light - Always put heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter items on top. This minimises the risk that the heavy items will shift and break something. It also makes the boxes easier to carry.
  10. Protect Your Valuables - Jewellery, cash, collectibles and other valuable items should not go in packing boxes. Move them in your own car rather than the moving truck to ensure their safety.
  11. Wrap Breakable Items - Dishes, glassware, pieces of art and other breakable items need to be carefully wrapped so they don't get damaged in transit. Ask your removalist for packing paper. Newspaper can transfer ink to your items.
  12. Make Your Clothes Multi-Task - Rather than packing all of your clothes in boxes, use them to pad breakable items in lieu of packing paper. Stuff socks inside glassware, and wrap plates in soft sweaters. Use towels and bedding to pad larger items like furniture and framed artwork.
  13. Tidy Up as You Go - There's no sense in wasting time and packing space on items that you no longer want or need. Make a pile of items to donate, sell or throw away as you are packing.
  14. Take Care with Cleaning Chemicals - Cleaning products can stain or damage other items if they leak so pack them separately. Trash cans are great for moving these types of items as they are easy to wipe clean when you arrive at your destination.
  15. Clean Items Before You Pack - You don't want to spend your first days in your new home cleaning all of your belongings, so make sure that everything is clean before you pack it. This way, everything will be fresh when it goes into your new house.
  16. Arrange for Child and Pet Care - If you have kids or pets, make arrangements for them to stay with a friend or family member during the last few days of packing. This time period is especially hectic, and you want to ensure your loved ones, furry or otherwise, are safe.
  17. Tackle One Room at a Time - Start in one corner of the room and gradually work your way across. This helps to ensure that you don't miss anything. Close the door to each room as you finish so you can see your progress.
  18. Minimise Perishables - In the weeks leading up to the move, try to use up any perishable items in your fridge and freezer. Keeping these items at a safe temperature while moving can be tricky, so it's best to avoid it as much as possible. If you must transport food, use an esky packed with plenty of ice packs to keep everything cold.
  19. Roll Your Clothes - Although there are wardrobe packing boxes, they can be quite costly and can't hold much. Use them only for items that require special care, like formal gowns, suits, costumes and the like. Roll everything else rather than fold it to minimise wrinkles and save space.
  20. Spread Out Books - Books are especially heavy, so you can't put too many in a single packing box. Instead, line the bottom of each box with books to distribute the weight more evenly.
  21. Book Your Removalist in Advance - After all that packing, the last thing you want is not to be able to move on your preferred date. Book your removalist as soon as you know you will be moving to avoid them being booked out.
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