Moving house is a lot of work. If you have never done it before, then it is going to turn out to be a bigger task than you had imagined. It becomes even more complicated if you are moving with family because there will be more stuff to be boxed up and transported to your new home.
Packing up things in your old family home is going to be a lot of work, but you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by doing it right. You need to do it right when packing, moving, and unpacking stuff in your new home.
Below are some great tips to help you pack efficiently
You shouldn’t start packing before the day of your move. You should begin doing it months before if possible. Declutter your stuff so you can see which items you are going to bring along to your new home and start packing those things you are not going to need for a while. These are mostly the season items and those items you use once in a while.
If possible, move the items to a self-storage unit or another house (like a family member if they have extra space in theirs) because it saves moving them during the moving day.
Packing is going to take longer than you think. This is why you should give yourself enough time so you don’t have to deal with stress. You need to wrap items carefully and most people usually have more belongings than they think once they empty all the drawers and cupboards. There are some furniture you might need to dismantle.
Making Lists and Getting Supplies
You should make a list of things that need to be packed and when. This is a good way to be organized, plan your packing, and also determine the supplies you are going to need.
Estimate the boxes you think you are going to need. It is a good idea to get a variety of sizes when buying boxes so they can suit different objects and be sure to get 4 wall Gaylord boxes for heavier items. You are going to need bubble wrap, quality tape, or other protective wrappings.
Using what you have – pack your items in storage boxes and suitcases then use towels to wrap delicate items.
You need to be insured for the move – you can get it through the movers or get content insurance, depending on whether you are moving by yourself or using a mover.
It might not be possible to unpack everything on day one, so you should make sure you have an easy way of finding and unpacking stuff.
Make sure you have an essential box that contains all the things the family needs for the first day they arrive and the morning after. Things like coffee, kettle, cutlery, plates, foods, and snacks are going to be needed from the first day. You w3ill also need hygiene items like shampoo, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, toilet roll, medicine, and other toiletries. You might also need to have bedding sets so you will be set when you get to your new home. Every member of the household can carry their own overnight bag containing clothes and essentials.
You should also have a first aid kit and a tool kit.
The grown-ups can decide to have beer or wine in their essentials so they can have an easier time drinking on their first night.
Keep in mind…
Make sure all the boxes have been labeled even if you think you are going to remember the contents. Take a marker pen and use it to write the contents of the box and the room they belong in. You should write if the box has breakables so it gets handled with care.
Avoid filling boxes using heavy items because they can easily break. It is better to fill half of the box with something like books and the other half is cushions.
Pac all valuable like jewelry and laptops and important documents in a suitcase and make sure you keep them with you during the move. This will help you avoid losing important items.