Let’s face it - moving house is stressful. Once the initial novelty and excitement of a new home dies down, the realisation that you’re left with the mammoth task of packing up, transporting and unpacking a lifetime’s worth of belongings begins to set in.
Though the packing stage is unavoidable, it doesn’t have to send your blood pressure through the roof. From which packaging supplies you’re going to need to the smartest and most efficient packing hacks, today we’ll offer our best packing tips to help make your house move as stress-free as it can be.
The planning stage
The key to any stress-free move is organisation. Planning out how and when you’ll pack up each room is a good place to start, working out which packaging supplies you’ll need in the process.
It’s easy to underestimate just how many belongings you have, so be sure to accumulate plenty of cardboard boxes of various size, as well as ensuring you have enough packaging labels and packing tape.
Packaging labels are the most efficient way to organise your cardboard boxes, helping you keep track of which boxes belong where. Label them by room, purpose or owner to ensure the unpacking process runs as smoothly as possible.
Moreover, packaging labels can be used to differentiate wires and cables from one another. Simply coil the wire, stick a packaging label around it and write which appliance it belongs to. Not only will this make the unpacking process a lot less stressful by making it easy to find which cable belongs to what, but it will also stop those wires from tangling with one another, saving you hours of tedious unravelling.
The essential items
The trick is to try and think logically. When it comes to packing the essentials, pack them in their own separate cardboard box to ensure they can all be found quickly and easily.
Make sure these more important boxes stand out from the rest by wrapping different coloured packing tape around them. Not only will this help you to find them when it comes to moving in, but it will help you keep an eye on them throughout the moving process, ensuring those valuable belongings and essential items don’t get lost in transit.
Folding each individual item of clothing to pack away in a cardboard box is a very time consuming process. For efficiency, use refuse sacks and garment covers instead. Keep your clothes on the hangers, simply sliding them into the bag and putting a hole in the bottom to allow you to pull the hangers through.
Packing fragile items
Ensuring the safety of your fragile items is never easy during shipping. Buy bubble wrap as an effective protective packaging solution, filling any space within the cardboard box to minimise movement and subsequent damage.
Packing heavy items
It may seem like a no brainer, but when stacking boxes, ensure the heavy ones are at the bottom so no breakable items are crushed. Be sure your cardboard box can handle the weight of heavier items, using plenty of packing tape as a reinforcement if needed.