Perfect Packing hints and tips

Packing up might not be on the top of everyone’s list of fun things to do when moving home but it’s a great way of clearing out the old and ensuring that everything you really want comes with you and for those things you no longer need to be given or thrown away.

First things first make a provisional packing list. Go through your possessions and fill a box to give to charity. It’s also a great chance to have a car boot sale or sell any unwanted goods online. Who knows, you may even make money from your move.

Pick your boxes. Make sure you buy or source boxes well ahead of the big day, remember to get hold of strong tape and bubble wrap too. Collect old newspapers in advance to ensure you have something to line boxes. Generally speaking boxes which have been made from thicker cardboard are better than your average cardboard box. These can be sourced from supermarkets, large department stores or even your local shop. Buying new boxes which need to be made up can be found from most major storage companies and home ware stores.

Don’t overload. Overfilling boxes with your possessions is a common mistake leaving them unmanageable in the move and they can also break too when lifted.

Place any hazardous substances such as bleach or paint into a different box and keep well away from other boxes, it’s even an idea to double bag such goods within the box and label clearly.

Planning for the move

If you are not undertaking a small move, the chances are that it would be hard to be able to both move and unpack all your possessions on the same day. Therefore, it’s worth thinking about what are the essential possessions and goods you need immediate access to. It’s almost like packing for a weekend away you need to have a few choice pieces within easy access to help make the couple of days and nights easier. This is a great tip for any novice mover.

Other things to include for easy access include:

  • Tea and Coffee
  • Toilet Paper
  • Pain killers
  • First Aid Kit
  • Torch
  • Basic Toiletries
  • Pencil and Paper
  • Tool Kit

Packing sensibly

It’s always good to think ahead of the big day about how exactly what possessions you are happy to pack and those which you would rather have closer to hand. Books may be easy to pack away but fragile items need time to wrap and pack carefully. Also for some people this can be a very moving experience with a lot of reminiscing in between filing and filling boxes.

A good rule of thumb is to start packing your home from the top then working down to the bottom. The attic is a good place to start. Heavier items are best placed in smaller boxes so that they are more manageable to lift and transport. This also helps to avoid and minimise back injuries during transportation.

Pack up one room at time and clearly label each box. It will be easier to keep track of your goods that way at the other end. It’s always worth labelling breakables clearly so that removal men and you know to take special care of certain boxes.

It’s possible to save a bit of time unpacking by keeping boxes together within any given room. Place heavier items at the bottom of any box as if you were packing up shopping. It may seem obvious but this will help to minimise any breakages.

Important documents such as marriage certificates, passports, driving licences and birth certificates are best packed and kept together and kept safe and in a secure location to be easily identified at the other end.