No matter how big your move, whether it’s to a bigger house or a new life halfway across the world, we’ve got you covered with some essential packing tips to help make your move stress-free.
Plan before you pack
Make a game plan before you start. A packing list or to-do list will help you to get ready to move with purpose, without getting overwhelmed. Decide where and in what order you want to pack. Ideally, start with off-season items that you know you won’t need for a while. It’s also worth packing an “overnight bag”. This can include anything you’ll need for the first few days of your move – this may be a few changes of clothes, toothbrushes, essential gadgets, etc.
Get some good-sized boxes
Before you even think about packing, get some decent boxes. It may sound simple, but it’ll save you a lot of energy. Get some strong boxes in a range of sizes, this will mean you won’t throw your back out after packing all your books into a massive box. Pack heavy items into small boxes, and light items into large boxes. It’ll keep your stuff safe and your movers happy, if you’ve hired help.
Pack boxes by room
As well as considering the weight of items, it’s also important to keep similar stuff together. Try packing by room and labelling each box. This way, when you get to your new home you instantly know where the box goes and won’t spend months trying to remember where you packed the spatula. In addition to this, aim not to leave any empty spaces in your boxes. If your items have room to move it simply means something is more likely to break. Try to completely fill each box, even if you’re just padding it out with towels or kitchen roll.
There’s no point in packing things that you’re no longer going to need. Before you begin to pack, try and go on a decluttering rampage. Get rid of anything you don’t want or need. Getting rid of things doesn’t mean they need to go to waste, take as much as possible to your local charity shop – if you have time, you can even list your unwanted items on Vinted or Depop to make a bit of cash. This way once you move, you won’t need to take up any valuable real estate with unwanted stuff.
Make use of a storage container
In addition to this, you don’t need to move everything all at once. If you have items that you’re certain you want to keep but aren’t sure where they’ll immediately go in your new home, invest in a storage unit. With Storage Ashton, you can hire a unit, as well as get help with collection and removals.
Although moving can be stressful, you can make it a lot easier by following these simple packing tips. It’ll help you to feel more prepared so you can focus on the excitement of making your move and the beginning of a new chapter.