Handy Tips for Moving
Of course, moving involves upending your physical life, but it shouldn’t have to completely upset you emotionally as well. You’ve finally found your new home – so here are some handy tips from us to make moving into it a little easier.
Ahead of the move:
As soon as you know what date you can move in, start making arrangements. If you’re using a moving company, book them as soon as possible, especially if you’re moving on a weekend.
- Call your local supermarket to find out what day they get their big deliveries, then arrange with the manager to keep some of their boxes for you. Do that as soon as possible, so you can pack up all the rarely used odds-and-ends ahead of time. That way, you’ll be able to not only minimize the amount of things you need to pack up in one go, but also figure out ahead of time if you need more boxes. Keep in mind that heavier items should be packed in smaller boxes, and items should be layered by weight: heavy at the bottom, and light at the top.
- That being said, try and make use of all the things you already have. Sheets and linen work very well in the place of newspaper or bubble wrap (for fragile items), and packing your belongings into travelling bags or suitcases will save you a few boxes, too.
- Lastly, find out what the dimensions of your new house are in relation to your furniture, and draw up a “furniture plan”, so your movers know where to put everything.
During the move:
- Invest in colourful stickers – one colour for each room of the house. Sticking a colour-coded mark on each box and a matching one on the door of the room it needs to go to can make the move a lot more organised (and keep the kids entertained, too, if you let them do the sticking).
- You can also code the boxes (e.g. A1, A2, etc.) and then make a separate inventory list with their contents, if you don’t want your movers knowing what’s in each box. Alternatively, just write the contents of each box directly on it with a thick, black pen.
- Pack one box to keep with you, with extras like light bulbs, toilet rolls, candles, screwdrivers, cellphone chargers, cash and important telephone numbers.
- Remember a “first-night” box for the whole family, too: a spare change of clothes, toothbrushes and other necessities, as well as an emergency kit of painkillers, flu medicine, plasters and so on. You never know who might need it, and you want it to be easily found.
- Bedding, blankets and cleaning products are also best kept in a spare box for immediate unpacking after the move.
With that, you should be all set for your big day. Best of luck, and enjoy your new home!