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Moving house? A guide to packing

Moving house is one of the most stressful things we can do during our lives – and one of the biggest causes of that stress is packing. Is it really any surprise when you must get the entire contents of one house into another? It doesn’t matter whether the move is taking you down the road, to new postcodes or overseas, it is no small task.

So, with that in mind, here are some moving house packing tips that should make the process a lot easier and eliminate much of the stress that comes with packing up your entire life.

Start collecting boxes well ahead of the move…

So, you go to start packing when it dawns on you… what are we going to pack it all in? This is not a problem you want to have at the last minute because it will delay the process and cause an awful amount of stress as you run around trying to find boxes and anything else you can get your hands on.

Instead, start building up a collection of boxes as soon as you know you are moving – ask friends, family and colleagues – even ask at the supermarket and save anything that comes your way. You can buy them online too, if you want to.

Start packing early…

The earlier you start packing, the easier it will be. The last thing you want to do is leave it until the weekend before and then find yourself running around in a panic just throwing things into boxes. Not only is this stressful during the packing process, it will also make the unpacking process much harder. Start packing early and you can make sure your belongings are organised. Take it a room at a time and begin with the items you don’t use on a day-to-day basis, working your way towards the essentials.

Don’t pack what you don’t need

There is no point wasting your time and energy moving the items that you don’t really need. So, now is the time to get rid of the clutter. As you start to pack, sort through everything and create three piles – one for the rubbish, one for the items you can donate to charity, and the final one for the bits you can sell. You will do a good deed, earn yourself a few pennies to put towards your new home, and have less to move as well as plenty of space and organisation.

Label everything!

Make sure you label all your boxes – not only with the room that they destined for, but listing contents of the box as well. This may seem to make the packing process longer, but it will make the unpacking process much easier – perfect when all you want is to be settled into your new place.

Use storage to start the process and make it simpler

Our storage units are the perfect place to store your belongings before, during and even after the moving. You can start moving those non-essential items out early, have somewhere to fall back on should anything go wrong on moving day, and you can leave items here to enable you to start decorating before the house is full of furniture, ornaments and the rest.

Pack a moving day “essentials” box

Don’t forget to pack one box which has all the essentials you may need on moving day. This could include cleaning products to use as you leave the old house and enter the new one, and the kettle and mugs, of course! The last thing you want is to be searching through boxes when you are gasping for a cup of tea…