Tips for packing

Last Updated: 9th May, 2024

Author: Charlotte Burton

Tips for packing

Moving into your home is an exciting milestone, but can also be overwhelming, especially when it comes to packing. Organising your belongings efficiently is key to a smooth transition. This guide provides practical tips to help you pack like a pro.

Remember, if you really canโ€™t face it and you get professional removals, they might be able to supply boxes and pack for you (for a fee!).

1. Start Early โฐ

  • Begin your packing journey several weeks before your move. This early start allows you to pace yourself, reducing the stress often associated with last-minute packing.

2. Create a Packing Schedule ๐Ÿ“‹

  • Develop a room-by-room plan, focusing on one area at a time to maintain organisation.
  • Start with less frequently used rooms and items, such as the guest room or seasonal belongings.

3. Declutter ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ

  • Moving is the perfect opportunity to declutter. Sort through your items, deciding what to keep, sell, donate, or discard. This not only eases your packing process but also ensures you only bring items that add value to your new home.

4. Gather Packing Supplies ๐Ÿ“ฆ

  • Stock up on boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, old newspapers, markers, and labels. For fragile items, consider specialized containers.
  • Embrace eco-friendly packing by using suitcases, bins, and reusable moving boxes.

5. Pack Strategically โ™Ÿ๏ธ

  • Tackle one room at a time, fully packing it before moving to the next.
  • Clearly label each box, indicating its contents and designated room.
  • Use bubble wrap for delicate items, and pack heavier items, like books, in smaller boxes for easier handling.
  • Fill gaps in boxes with towels or packing paper to prevent shifting during transport.

6. Pack an Essentials Box ๐Ÿ›Ÿ

Prepare a box with items youโ€™ll need to have available on your moving day. This could include:

  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Medication
  • Chargers
  • Teabags & kettle
  • A change of clothes

7. Protect Furniture ๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ

  • If possible, disassemble large furniture pieces, keeping screws and hardware in labelled bags.
  • Wrap fragile or valuable furniture in blankets or furniture pads to protect against scratches and dings.

8. Manage Valuables and Important Documents ๐Ÿ’Ž

  • Pack valuables and important documents, like passports, separately and carry them with you to ensure their safety.

9. Plan for Pets and Children ๐Ÿ•

  • Pack a bag with essentials and comforting items for pets and children, aiding in their adjustment to the new environment.

10. Final Checks โœ…

  • Create an inventory list of your boxes and their contents.
  • Remember to pack any last-minute items on the day of the move.

11. Loading the Moving Vehicle ๐Ÿšš

  • Start with the largest items, then heavier boxes, placing lighter items on top.
  • Keep your essentials box easily accessible.

Packing for your first home move doesnโ€™t have to be daunting. With these tips, youโ€™re well on your way to a well-organised and stress-free move.

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