If you have an upcoming move, you may need some tips to help streamline packing for moving house!
Moving to a new house is not a task for the faint of heart.
The aspect of moving that is the most frustrating and stressful is the actual packing of the boxes.
Fortunately, there are ways of streamlining the packing process to make the act of moving to a new place even the slightest bit more palatable.
This article is here to give you nine winning strategies to make packing for moving house a smoother, if not even a slightly enjoyable, experience.
Do the math ahead of time to determine how many boxes you will need for all of your stuff.
If possible, use packing cubes or vacuum bags to help maximize space inside the boxes themselves.
You can usually estimate how many moving boxes you need by looking at your home and its contents.
There are even packing calculators that can help you determine exactly how many boxes you’ll need. .
And in a way, having just the right amount of boxes in itself ought to be enough to ease a certain amount of stress during the moving process.
It’s not just enough to pack the right number of boxes in just the right way.
You would do well to ensure that boxes and their unpacked contents are staged with other like objects.
For example, kitchen items should go with other kitchen items as much as is possible, and even then, put the fine china plates with the other highly fragile objects.
In another illustration, it’s a bad idea to mix up your pet’s belongings with human stuff.
Putting these very different things has the potential to be stressful for you and even dangerous for your pet.
So always make sure that like objects stick together as much as you can.
Clear labelling and colour coding can be effective ways of keeping boxes well organized.
One way to ensure that similar items stay together as much as possible is to approach your packing project on a room-by-room basis.
It’s easiest to start with the rooms that you may not frequent every day, like your study or the basement.
The less-visited rooms can be packed up a month or two beforehand.
Rooms which are used more frequently can be packed up closer to the moving date.
Once again, the organisation is key.
Decluttering before moving house.
An overlooked benefit of packing to move is that it allows you to see exactly how much stuff you’ve been holding onto over the years.
And if you don’t want the sheer volume of clutter to overwhelm you while you’re trying to pack those final few boxes.
You may have to get rid of some of the things you no longer need in the weeks and months even leading up to the move.
Donating unneeded clothing and other objects is a good way of both getting rid of the clutter in your house and also doing a good deed to help someone else.
You may also be able to make use of online marketplaces, such as Facebook Marketplace.
We have a helpful post on how to declutter before moving to a new home and we hope it will help you to get started on decluttering your possessions before the big day of your move.
This tip comes near the middle of our list, but it is actually one of the most important.
There are entire companies whose sole purpose is to help pack and move your belongings.
Check local listings for a reputable moving service.
And should you hire a reputable moving service, it’s helpful to get familiar with their terms of service.
There are certain things that moving companies won’t be able to move.
Familiarising yourself their policies will help you prepare in advance what exactly you will need to pack yourself.
A simple way of streamlining the packing process is to allow yourself space and time to fully concentrate on the task.
So it may be worth putting the cat in a separate room, making sure the dog stays in the garden and sending the kids off to a babysitter’s house for a bit while you focus on packing.
Not only will you be able to concentrate more, but having no pets or kids around also minimizes the risk to those pets or kids who might get in the way and get hurt when objects are getting moved.
And as long as we’re talking about distractions…it’s a good idea to leave the TV off and put the phone away.
It’s surprising how quickly time can get away from you if you stare too long at a screen.
As with most large undertakings, it will ultimately be easier and less stressful if you begin sooner rather than later.
Begin thinking about what things you can pack away and how many boxes you might need well before the move.
The longer you involve yourself in the business of considering, staging, packing, and moving your stuff, the more streamlined and less stressful the last bits of packing will be.
Thinking you’ve successfully packed everything only to realize that you’ve forgotten something altogether – or perhaps worse, that a box you swore you packed was poorly sealed and something fell out or broke – is perhaps the most stressful packing scenario.
Avoid this nightmare by making sure that all boxes are clearly labelled and well secured.
And even if you think you’ve gotten everything, take one last look around.
It may be a good idea to have one separate box for any “stragglers” you may come across.
After a full day working, organising, packing and cleaning the old home, you are going to be exhausted.
Having a box packed with things you are likely to need to hand immediately you arrive at your new home will be a godsend.
The last thing you will want to do is to rummage through all the boxes to find your essential items.
Thanks to your forward thinking, you will have easy access to all your crucial bits and bobs.
Your emergency overnight box should include at the very least, tea, sugar, coffee, cups and spoon and some snacks.
You may want to pack several towels, and a wash bag containing toothpaste, soap and shampoo.
A basic cleaning pack could also be helpful. Some people don’t always leave a house as clean as you would like it.
Washing up liquid, disinfectant wipes, a tea towel and kitchen roll will also be useful to have as soon as you arrive.
You may be moving with young children.
In this case you may need to pack several emergency boxes with clean clothes, nappies, milk formula etc. And, don’t forget their favorite bedtime teddy!
Every little helps in avoiding that last minute panic when you have already had an extremely stressful day.
Pop the box into your car as soon as you have filled it. You don’t want the removal team packing it with everything else.
Packing for moving house is almost unavoidably stressful.
But, there are many actions you can take to make it more streamlined and even slightly more palatable.
Indeed, if you follow the ten pro tips we outlined above, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised at how much smoother your packing for moving house experience will be.
Moving house is never a straightforward process.
Lund Conlon Removers & Storers are an experienced and professional removals company that has been helping people move home in the Bedford area since 1985.
If you need help and advice on moving your home or perhaps some questions about your house removals, we are here to help.
You can get in touch with us on 01234 819334 and our friendly team will be happy to assist with your enquiry.
Having a reputable, reliable removal company take care of your move will make the world of difference to the whole experience.