Whether you hire a moving company or not – many of us will still pack our own belongings when moving house.
So, hopefully these tips will help to make the packaging process as easy as possible…
Declutter your belongings
Moving home is the ideal time to declutter. Since you’ll be comprehensively managing every item in your home anyway, it’s best to get rid of anything you no longer need before beginning the packing process, rather than bringing it all with you only to throw it all out once you arrive.
Our article, How to declutter and organise your home, has plenty of tips to help you get started.
Create an inventory
It’s a good idea to make an inventory of everything you pack, so you can easily check whether you’ve forgotten anything.
Even if you’re unlikely to actually leave anything behind, being able to check against your list makes it much easier to relax and trust that everything is accounted for.
You may also decide that you want to get a professional company to do this for you. Clockwork Removals produce a full inventory for all customers using their storage services – which can provide a further level of reassurance.
Start by packing up the least used rooms
When you begin packing, starting with the rooms you use least frequently is the best way to ensure the process disrupts your day-to-day life as little as possible in the lead up to your moving day.
While you might be able to put up with a messy or empty lounge for a few weeks, most people probably wouldn’t fancy being without their kitchen for the same amount of time.
Label your packing boxes
It might sound like just another thing to add to your plate when you’re already surrounded by cardboard, but making sure to properly label your boxes can save you a lot of time and headaches.
It’s especially worth clearly labelling not only the contents of each box, but also the room that you want them to be left in – as this will save time for both you and any members of your moving team.
Photograph any complex electronic setups
If you have any electronic appliances with complex wiring setups that might be difficult to reconstruct once you’ve moved in, it can be a good idea to take pictures of how the wires are configured. This will make things much easier later on when you’re setting everything back up.
Take care with mirrors
When packing mirrors and glass frames, it can help to make an ‘X’ between the corners of the surface with masking tape. This might sound like an old wives’ tale, but the tape will actually absorb some of the shock if the mirror is bumped or jostled, which means it’ll be less likely to break.
Additionally, in the event that it does break, the tape will keep some of the shattered pieces together, saving you some time and reducing risk when cleaning up.
Backup your documents
When moving computers or devices, it’s worth backing up any important documents you have saved. This way if something goes wrong – for example a device gets broken or there are issues setting it up in your new home – then you won’t need to panic.
Get creative when packing jewellery
If you don’t have a dedicated jewellery box, then egg cartons can make great temporary packaging that will keep your valuables separate.
Additionally, if you’re worried about necklace chains tangling, a cheap and easy way to avoid this is to thread each necklace through a straw. This way, you can keep all your necklaces in the same box and avoid having to collect them all together when you unpack, and you won’t have to worry about the annoying task of untangling links.
Pack clothes in suitcases or wardrobe boxes
Clothes can take up a significant proportion of your packing, and can be a bit annoying to move. The easiest way to pack clothes is in a suitcase – especially any that you want to have available to you when you arrive at your new home.
Another clever option, though, is to use a wardrobe box – which is a tall cardboard box with a wardrobe rail running through the top. These boxes allow you to simply move the contents of your wardrobe all at once on their hangers, which will save you a lot of time both packing and unpacking.
Either way, it’s best to pack specialised and out-of-season clothes first, so you’re not eating into your regular wardrobe with your packing weeks before the move.
Don’t forget the kettle!
This last tip might possibly be the most important of all: make sure you pack your kettle, mugs, tea/coffee, etc. last – and that they’re the first things you unpack once you arrive. That way, you and your removal team will be able to keep up your energy (and likely mood) and take regular breaks throughout the process.
Consider getting help from professionals
If packing is proving a little too overwhelming, then you can always turn to removal specialists. Clockwork Removals offer full packing and wrapping services – including special items like wardrobe boxes.
Professional help can be especially important if you’re moving abroad. Clockwork Removals also offer an export wrapping and relocation service, which can reduce hassle in an already stressful process.