Moving house is a stressful experience. Full stop. It doesn’t matter how many times you might have done it before, whether things *seem* to be going smoothly, or whether you’re actually in the trade yourself. Moving house IS stressful. Aside from the official side of things, one of the things that people find the most stressful about it, is the actual move itself, knowing what to pack, and how to pack it. If this sounds anything like you and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at current, then these tips should make packing for your big house move a LOT easier.
Reach Out for Help
If you feel as if you’re doing the vast majority of the packing work yourself, then reach out to a friend and ask them for a hand.
It’s been shown in this report that it’s now in fact easier than ever to connect with the world around us, so make the most of this, and connect to those who care about you.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a friend, a family member, or even if you just go online (as you currently are) to seek guidance on the best way of packing your life up. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, reaching out for a helping hand always makes things that little bit easier!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a planner by nature, or being organised takes you a little more effort. Planning ahead will make the entire process easier for you.
One of the best things to do when planning ahead, is making a note of everything. That way when all of the other stuff comes along, you’ll not be likely to forget it! Methodically go through your home, and make a list of all of the things you want to take, and if you’re feeling extra prepared, make a note of where they’re going to live in your new home. If you do this, it not only makes the packing process easier, but the unpacking process too. Likewise, if there are things you don’t need anymore, make a consecutive decision on what to do with them, whether that be donating them to a local charity shop, or taking them straight to the skip.
Pack by Room, and Label Your Boxes
When it comes to packing, as previously mentioned it’s best to do it methodically. With that being said, doing it room by room is probably the most efficient method of doing so.
Go through each room, and pack everything you’re taking into boxes. When these boxes are full, and we can’t stress this enough, label them! It doesn’t matter what you find easier – whether that be names labels, colour codes, or whatever – simply knowing what’s in each box and which room it’s going to ultimately belong to will save you a lot of time and stress. After all, if you’re carrying these heavy boxes yourself, the last thing you want to do is end up with them in the wrong room, right?
Be Sure to Prevent Accidents
The problem with packing up our entire lives into boxes, is that not everything we own is going to be sturdy. For example, plates and crockery are very easily breakable, and when it comes to perfumes and other liquids, there’s always going to be a risk of leakage.
The best way of dealing with accidents, is by preventing them in advance – trust us, it’s a lot easier than cleaning up the debris when they happen. Be sure to wrap your breakables, whether that be in towels or bubble wrap – anything that will keep them confined and stop them smashing into one another. It never hurts to write “FRAGILE” in big red marker on these boxes too. You’ll have so much to do, it’s difficult to remember what’s in which box, so this’ll just ensure that you’ll take extra care with this one.
Make Yourself a Moving Day Survival Kit
We’re not going to sugar coat it, you’re in for a long day. So finally, why not make that day a little easier by making your very own moving day survival kit?
It can contain whatever you want, whether that be coffee, biscuits, snacks – or even a few cheeky beers for when the day turns to evening. Likewise, be sure to pack any medication you might need and a first aid kit – moving can be a dangerous activity! You’ll be thankful you did so in the long run.