Soon we will be welcoming more families to their new home at Howards Green, and we know that packing up your home and moving can be an overwhelming prospect and task. To try and help you out, we have complied a list of our top 10 tips that could make packing and moving that little bit easier and less stressful. We hope they help!
- Create an action plan
The thought of packing up your entire home can be quite an overwhelming feeling. People always say, you never realise how much “stuff” you have until you’re packing it up to move…
Creating an action plan can help make packing seem a little less stressful by figuring out what needs to be done and how it’s best to do it.
- De-clutter your home before you start packing
Make this the first action on your action plan. Clearing out the clutter will make packing a lot easier as you will know that everything left in your house is coming with you, saving you a lot of time.
- Start packing straight away
It’s easier said than done, the last thing you want is to be living with boxes around you but, by starting to pack straight away you can eliminate any stress that may come later down the line, which leads us onto our next tip…
- Pack your least used room first
Doing this allows you to make a start on packing and keep the rooms you use the most clean and tidy. You can then also use the least used space or room as a place to store boxes while you plan to pack the rest of your home.
- Bags are just as useful as boxes
While boxes are the traditional way to pack up your home, it’s important to note that bags are sometimes just as helpful. Bags are flexible, take up less space and are easier to compress. So why not see how bags can help you move and save space?
- Pack a “survival bag”
Moving day is an exciting day, but it can also be overwhelming when you move into your new home and are trying to find your teaspoons to make a cup to tea. So why not pack a “survival bag”; a bag or box of things that you may need in your first couple of days in your new home. Below we have a made a list of things that you may include in this bag or box.
- An overnight bag for every family member with a change of clothes
- Essential toiletries bag
- Cutlery for each family member
- Tea, coffee, sugar, and milk
- Paper towels
- Takeaway menus (priority!)
- Toilet roll
- Phone chargers
- Bed linen
- First aid kit
- Pen and paper
- Masking tape
- Basic tools: screwdriver, hammer, and drill
- Label boxes and bags with the room they belong in
This is very self-explanatory. Label all your boxes with the room they belong in, this allows people who are helping you to move, know where to put those boxes ready for when you want to un-pack them.
- Take extra care of personal/sentimental items
When it comes to personal and sentimental items, we would recommend transporting these to your new house yourself rather than handing them over to your removal team. This means you can be in full control of making sure nothing gets damaged in transit or lost.
- Keep clothes on their hangers
Keeping your clothes on hangers is a great way to save time when you move into your new home. It also avoids clothes getting creased and needing to be re-ironed. Keeping your clothes on hangers is also a lot easier than you think with the help of wardrobes boxes, garment bags or even black bags.
- Keep all screws and nails for bigger furniture in separate food bags
With bigger pieces of furniture that may need to be dismantled before the big move, it’s easy to lose the nails or screws you need to re-build them in your new home. Using food bags and labels, you can make sure all those items are kept together and aren’t roaming around loose in moving boxes – making your life so much easier!
We hope these tips will help you as you prepare to move into your new home. If you have any other useful tips that could help, please let us know!