Moving home is one of those experiences that is universally stressful, however with proper planning in advance, you can take some of that stress out of the equation and help yourself in creating a smooth, streamlined move.
How, you may ask? With a planned packing strategy. Read on below as we give you our top tips to make the laborious task of packing up all your belongings that little bit easier.
What Supplies Do I Need?
Before you start packing everything up into boxes, you’ll want to ensure that you have both enough packing supplies and packing supplies of a sufficient size and quality to keep your items protected in transit. You will need:
- Cardboard boxes
- Bubble wrap
- Packing tape
- Newspaper or kraft paper
A handy tip is if you have any clear storage boxes to use these to their full potential, too – putting items within items where you can is a great way to utilise space whilst ensuring everything is compact and secure.
Creating a Plan of Action
Have a Clearout
When it comes to actually starting the packing process, the first thing you’ll be doing won’t be packing at all. Instead, you’ll want to go through all your belongings and have a clearout. Doing this will let you get rid of everything that you don’t need to take with you to your new home, freeing up space and meaning there’s one less thing for you to sort in the middle of actually packing.
As you’re clearing out, you can start organising belongings that you are keeping into piles ready for when you do start packing them away.
We get it, packing is one of those things that everyone wants to put off. Sure, it takes time and it’s boring, but that’s exactly why you should start early. If you leave it till the last minute, then the stress factor will be much higher and you’re more likely to do a rushed job.
Create a checklist of everything you need to pack and take it one room at a time, that way you can make gradual progress over a few days or even weeks, rather than packing your whole home in one go.
Label as You Go
Labelling is essential when it comes to packing your belongings for a home move. Though you may remember which boxes you’ve put certain items in now, by the time you come to unpack them again, it’s all too easy to forget which box contains what stuff.
Labelling each box clearly by room and categorising items makes the unpacking process a lot easier at the other end, meaning you can put each box into its designated room and should be able to find all your items easily.
Create an Essentials Box
An essentials box should contain everything you will need from the very first night of moving into your new home. This could be things such as electrical devices and chargers, toothbrushes, toiletries, important documents and even some cutlery and plates along with a change of clothes and some towels, so that you have everything you need to get through your first night even if you haven’t finished unpacking everything else.
If the packing process still seems daunting to you, then fear not – removals services can help. Here at Essex Removals, we offer various packing services, whether that be providing you with quality packing materials or even completing your packing and unpacking on your behalf, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your move.
Get in touch with us today to learn more.