I’m not sure which is the most stressful part of moving house, the waiting to find out if you have the home you want or the packing. Packing your house dish in order to move is hard work, emotional and frankly a royal pain in the arse.
How to pack efficiently ad fast for a move
- The very second you even THINK about moving start to collect bubble wrap, boxes, newspapers, masking tape, stickers and sellotape. You’ll need them sooner or later and the cost isn’t as noticeable if you buy it in dribs and drabs.
- Start packing early. Just do it. Once you’ve found a place things start to move remarkably quickly. I can promise that you’ll go quite mad if you try to pack the entire contents of your house in a week.
- As you reach to put each item into a box, consider if you still like it, if you still use it and if it suits your new place. If not now is the time to get rid. Send it to a charity shop organizers, pass it onto a friend or relative who would like it or try selling it on eBay.
- Most of our boxes are from supermarkets. The budget supermarkets keep most of their products in the original boxes and don’t mind if you take them. The fruit pallets are particularly useful for books, CDs, DVDs and plates. They stack well on top of each other so you can push them up against a wall and out of your way until the fateful moving day.
- As you pack a box make a list of everything that is in it and tape the list to outside of the box. Give the box (and list) a number (write the number large and bold on all sides of the box) then keep a duplicate list in a plastic wallet so you can see what is in every box without having to open it. I do crazy things with spreadsheets but I won’t share that kind of lunacy with you because, frankly, I am mental. This all said we haven’t done it for the books as they’re spine up in fruit pallets and wine boxes so it seemed a bit silly.
- Pick up newspapers from trains, buses and work, also ask friends to chuck their old newspapers in your direction instead of the recycling bin. Newspapers are excellent for wrapping plates, glasses etc and scrunched at the bottom of a box they cushion delicate items well. My work place gives out a free commuter newspaper everyday so I nab at least three a day and add them to the stupidly tall pile of papers that I have delivered each day anyway. They’ve come in incredibly handy.
- Along with the box number write the name of the room that the box is intended for (label the doors in the house to make doubly sure that everyone knows which room is which).
- Pack like with like. It you have lots of different boxes it makes life easier that if all of your books are in the same type of box and your kitchen stuff in another etc. You can stack them out of the way easier, you are able to find things quickly and it just keeps you that bit more sane.
- Don’t overfill boxes. They will only end up breaking and the contents will be a smashed rabble on the floor.
- Pack heavy items at the bottom and light at top of boxes.
- Pack an essentials box and suitcase to take with you separately on the day of your move. Mine contain the following –
- Tea and coffee
- A couple of tea towels
- Washing up liquid, sponge and cloth
- Takeaway and taxi numbers
- A packet of biscuits
- Mugs, a few plates and a small selection of cutlery
- Clothes and undies for three days
- Make up and wash bag
- Mobile phone chargers
- Book to read at night
- Documents such as passport, marriage certificate etc.