Are you planning a house move in the near future? Don’t panic and stay organized! Moving home might seem like a daunting and colossal task, but there are proven ways to help make moving day easier – it doesn’t have to be super stressful and give you sleepless nights. Get ready with our handy tips!
Start early. Packing always takes longer than you expect, and packing a little each day is much less stressful than trying to do it a few days before the move or even all right before your movers arrive. The sooner you begin the packing process the better and less stressful for you.
Declutter your home. Before you start packing, it is a good idea to go through all your things and decide which items go with you and which to be given away. If you haven’t used something for six months or longer, chances are you don’t need them anymore and these items can be donated to charity or sold at used items websites.
Be organized. You may want to pack room by room and label the boxes by the room. For example: Brother’s Room, Sister’s Room, Master Bedroom, storeroom. When you arrive at your new place, you can ask the movers to move the boxes to the respective rooms.
Packing the kitchen. You’re likely going to need to use your utensils, dinnerware and glasses before you move out. So pack the items that you’re not going to use in the next few weeks and hold off packing the essential stuff until a few days before the move. On the eve and day of the move, use disposables or get takeout.
Packing fragile items. Wrap glass items and breakable items with a few layers of glassine or bubble wrap to protect them during the move. Get specialty boxes for China, glassware, and similar items to give your fragile belongings more security during the move.
Pack an “Essentials” bag. On the day of the move, you’ll be surrounded by boxes and confusion. Ensure you have an “essentials” bag for yourself and your children. The bag should have all the items that you need to be ready for use on the day of the move or for a week, in case you do not have the time to unpack all those boxes scattered in your new house.
Engage professional movers. If you have many huge items and a lot of belongings to move, engaging the services of professional movers will give you a peace of mind. If you do not have the time to pack and have the budget for it, you can even request your movers to assist you with everything from packing to re-assembling.
Whether you require a local mover, an interstate or long distance moving company, you can check out quotes to move at Shiply, a platform that has hundreds of thousands of registered shipping and moving companies. The Shiply website has a ratings system that gives you the benefit of reading the reviews and feedback from previous users. And you’ll receive quotes that are often up to 75% cheaper than usual rates.
Best of luck in your packing and moving. Stay focused and calm and enjoy the last moments in your old home before saying goodbye to it.