Moving to a new home is such an exciting time until you have to face the dreaded packing, then maybe not so much! Packing is incredibly stressful due to the huge amounts of items we have to deal with. If the packing has to fit around normal day to day activities such as work and taking the kids to school, finding time just to fit it all in can be a nightmare.
Now consider all of that and then being told that you have to pack and move in a hurry! Wow, how is that even possible? Luckily, we have this handy guide to help you out.
You’ll need some prep time, so get your thinking caps on; dedication is must right now, some extra helping hands are always ideal and follow some of our safe and secure packing tips so that packing in a hurry doesn’t become a disastrous situation.
- The oldest trick in the book, but it works… make a list!
Lists are essential, especially if you are likely to forget to do certain things, and let’s face it when it comes to moving with so much to remember and do we are all susceptible to that. Lists need to be made on a room by room basis, so start scouring the house and decide what items you want to keep, donate, and discard. Also, jot down all of your requirements such as packing boxes and materials, hiring removals, notifying energy and network subscription services, as well as all of those who you need to notify the change of address.
- Start your days early until you move!
Time is not on your side right now, so the more daytime you can fit into your life the better. You need to make the most of every minute, so set the alarm to get up bright and early. Early starts, enable more time to tackle all of those needy jobs, and it won’t feel as rushed plus it’s also better for packing as you certainly don’t want to be throwing items into boxes last minute in case things get damaged or broken during transit.
- Start collecting your packing items!
Now’s the time to collect everything you need to pack up your home, you will need, assorted boxes (different sizes), tape, paper, bubble wrap, marker pens, labels, and cutters. Start collecting early so that you have time to get more if you happen to run out.
- Pack room by room!
It’s overwhelming there is no doubt about that, and most likely, you are sitting there with absolutely no idea where to start? We get it! So in order to simplify the mission and for it not to feel too much to handle, focus on one room at a time and only move onto the next once that room is complete. To keep motivation alive, it’s always recommended to start big first, so focus on lounges, kitchens, and master bedrooms before tackling the smaller spaces.
- Don’t waste any space, think productively!
Save you boxes for all items that are non-fabric-related because fabric items such as clothing, curtains, cushions, blankets, duvets, and sheets, etc. can be packed into bags. If any large items could be effectively used to pack the smaller items, use them! To make it even quicker, simply leave clothes on their hangers as it saves time at the other end when you come to unpack, lay items flat and cover in bin liners, and pop in the boot of the car.
- Pack safe and secure!
Never leave empty space in the boxes that could allow items to move around during transit as it could damage things. When packing into boxes, be sure to use packing paper to wrap anything breakable and stuff the gaps with bubble wrap or paper to keep all the items secure.
- Label everything!
Labeling all of your packed boxes is vital; otherwise, you end up with a mammoth task of having to sift through them all at the new home, just to find the items you need. Packing also helps with removals since you can request for the boxes to be moved into their rightful rooms, and don’t forget to clearly label anything that is fragile so that it gets handled with extra care.
- Get as many helping hands as you can!
There is no doubt about it; more hands make for lighter work, so if you can get people on board to help you out, it will undoubtedly pay off. Moving with friends and family makes the time more joyous. It’s generally less stressful and often full of laughs, especially when mishaps. It also enables last-minute quality time, especially if the move is much further away.