Packing. Who likes it? Packing and unpacking food shopping, clothes, suitcases, moving boxes. Whatever it may be it’s a ruddy horrible chore. Yet, with some packing there is an element of excitement. Especially when it comes to packing up your home ready for the next one.
If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you’ll notice the running theme of buying property, moving and climbing up the property ladder. And to run with the theme, this post is no different. Whilst packing and unpacking is a ball ache, it’s a great opportunity to get rid of clutter, sift through belongings and organise your home.
So sit tight and prepare for the post that will help you pack up your home like a pro and make moving home that little bit easier.
First things first, you better organise and book your transport. Make sure you shop around and consider companies like Shiply, who make it easy to find the best competitive price, whatever you may be transporting.
Before packing anything up, make sure you know you can move everything to your new abode.
Whether it be bubble wrap, boxes, tape or even coffee and biscuits. Make sure you are well prepared, and armed with supplies to start packing. Make sure you have a chunky pen to label boxes, and have sufficient packaging to protect your valuables.
Don’t buy your boxes straight away, hit local stores and supermarkets first, as many will be more than willing to hand over their used boxes for free! Lidl and Aldi are good spots for boxes!
Blast the music and keep it fun and you will be packing your home up in no time!
Moving onto the packing, Go room by room
Rule number one when it comes to packing – always pack room by room. Start and finish one and move onto the next. Going from room to room, and starting a new one without finishing the last will only lead to confusion, mess and above all else, stress!
This is the perfect opportunity to sift and sort through any of the accumulated clutter or belongings that have no place in the next property. Think carefully before just chucking anything away, but be ruthless too. Remember, anything you keep will cost you in removal fees.
Consider new storage
Storing bulk items like CD’s and DVD’s before you move will make packing easier, and unpacking seamless. If you are an avid DVD collector, why not ditch the cases and invest in a mass storing system that takes up LESS room. Purchasing and storing products in this way will cut down removal space and make them easier to unpack the other end.
And by the last box, I literally mean the last box that will go in the van. It needs to be filled with the ultimate utensils you will need from the minute you walk into your new home. Consider a kettle, tea bags, milk and mugs. Also make PJs, bedding and toiletries readily available encase you have a late night of unpacking. Last boxes are LIFE savers and means you won’t have to hunt down the kettle just for a warm cuppa.
Use hanging boxes
Brilliant contraptions are these! Hanging boxes are great for storing and transporting your clothes whilst in the moving process. And what’s better, they will keep them crease-free!
Give yourself enough time
Do not underestimate how long it will take you to pack up your home. After all, it’s your life’s worth of belongings. If you intend to de-clutter before the move, take this into account, as it will add time to sift through and chuck the junk. You are better being packed earlier than needed, than stressing on the evening before.