Between stamp duty holidays and people seeking bigger properties for that perfect work-life balance, the housing market has skyrocketed over the past year. If you’ve joined the property ladder and are looking to move in the near future, you certainly aren’t alone. Packing can be one of the most stressful parts of the moving process, but thankfully there are plenty of things you can do to make things much easier. From making sure that you’re organised before you even start, to being ruthless with clearing out and getting clever with furniture, we’ve compiled a list below to help you get started.
Get Organised First
Packing up your home can be a confusing, messy process which is why getting organised before you even start can really help you to set off on the right foot. Organisation can include everything from putting together lists of priorities to pack, checklists to help you keep track, a folder of all of your agreements, important documents and any movers’ details that you book, and making sure you have enough boxes and containers for all of your stuff. Even having enough bin bags can make the moving process much smoother by preventing the need to run out for more at the worst moments. Some key pre-packing organisation tasks include:
- Create a room-by-room checklist to make keeping track of things easier
- Estimate how many packing supplies you will need and make sure you have excess just in case
- Book a moving company in advance – a lot of people are moving house currently so making sure you have the date booked will reduce stress closer to the time
- Plan food for the duration of packing and use up as much as you have to reduce waste later on
Clearing out things you don’t need anymore is never an easy task, but when it comes to packing, it really is the perfect opportunity. When going through your things to pack them, be ruthless about things you have that you don’t need, use or want anymore. One way to determine whether you want to keep something is to ask yourself whether or not you’d go out and buy the item again. If the answer is no, chances are you don’t want or need the item anymore. For things that you aren’t currently using but aren’t ready to get rid of, you could ferry them off to storage for now, to be dealt with once the bulk of the move is over.
Get Clever With Furniture
Your furniture can be some of the most complicated stuff to move, but did you know it can actually come in useful? Transporting clothes in the drawers of your dresser, for example, saves you having to pack and unpack when you arrive. Just wrap each drawer filled with clothes in cling film to protect them and stop anything from falling out.
An ottoman can serve a similar purpose, effectively giving you an extra sturdy box for transport. Whether it’s towels and cushions, or your children’s toys, an ottoman is ideal. Our range features everything from solid wood, to lighter-weight upholstered alternatives – take a look to see for yourself.
Use Suitcases For Heavy Objects
While it might be tempting to pile your clothes into your suitcases, you may actually benefit from using them for something else entirely. A box of clothes weighs far less than a box of books, for example, and is arguably easier to carry. A suitcase, on the other hand, has wheels for easy transport as well as layers of extra protection. Books, dishes, valuables and breakables could all be transported in a well-packed suitcase for extra ease and peace of mind.
Taking pictures before you pack things away can be a nice reminder of how you like things set up in certain places. Whether that’s a display cabinet, electronics cabinets or even pictures on the wall – a photo can give you a visual guide for inspiration. Similarly, take photos of the back of any complicated electrics, including your TV, computers, monitors and more – this will help you remember how to set everything back up later.
Put Together An Essentials Bag
No matter how organised your packing and moving day is, the one thing you don’t want to forget is to pack an essentials bag. This should include key items you can’t go a day without including:
- Important documents
- Basic toiletries
- Changes of clothes
- Scissors to cut packing tape
- Any important numbers for movers etc.
- First aid kit
- Snacks and drinks in a cooler to keep you going during the day
Having these items accessible to you will ensure that you’re never left short and can get on with moving boxes and unpacking where needed.
For more information about our ottomans and which could be best for your new home, feel free to browse our range or get in touch with a member of our team, today.