There’s no sugar-coating it: moving house can be a massive headache. From the difficulty of finding somewhere to move that you both like and can afford, to the exhaustion of moving day itself, it’s no wonder that people find the process so stressful. Whilst some of it may be outside of your control, there are definitely some steps you can take to make moving house easier on yourself. Here are some top tips for packing your belongings, so that you have one less issue to worry about on moving day.
Get the professionals in
If you don't mind spending the extra money, having someone else do all the packing and moving for you can be a great way to take some of the stress out of a house move. This is particularly true if you have lots of furniture and personal belongings, or if you’re moving a long way or with pets and kids. Contact a local mover to get some quotes and see what services they can offer – you might be pleasantly surprised!
Color code your boxes
If you’re doing your packing yourself, rather than writing the name of the room on all sides of the boxes try color-coding them instead. Get some brightly colored tape or stickers, and choose a different color for each room. That way you (or the movers) will be able to see at a glance where everything should go in your new home, no matter how bad your handwriting is! This should help to speed up the unloading process.
Don't unpack drawers
For items of furniture you own that have drawers, don't feel the need to unpack them all. Instead you can just cover the whole item tightly in plastic wrap, so that the drawers can't fall open in transit. Then you simply unwrap them when you arrive. This might not work with drawers that contain fragile items, but in many cases it can save you loads of time and hassle unpacking and repacking them.
Bag up your wardrobe
When it comes to clothing, there's an easy alternative to unhanging, folding, then rehanging them all when you arrive. Keep all of your clothes on their hangers, group them together, then slip a bin liner over them to keep them clean. All you have to do when you get to your new place is put the hangers back up in the closet and remove the bin bags – everything should be crease-free and ready to wear!
Keep valuables and essentials separate
Anything that is of particular importance to you, whether that's in terms of financial value or sentimental value, you’ll want to keep close by. Have a box or two to go in the car with you rather than the moving van just in case. Similarly, keep a couple of boxes of essential items in easy reach. That way you won't have to unpack every single box when you arrive just to find your PJs and toothbrush! This is guaranteed to make your first night in your new home go far more smoothly.