Packing is a daunting thought for most, therefore it often gets put off right until the last minute, but to keep stress levels low an early start to packing is key!
Choose Packing Materials
First things first, before you can pack anything you need to have the right materials at hand such as strong packing boxes, tape, marker pen or labels, bubble wrap and or newspapers. It might be worth buying a packing kit that includes all of these items, as this could also save you money.
If you have saved boxes from a previous move it is worth checking they can still hold weight and cover any old labels so there is no confusion to what is in them.
Most boxes will come with clear instructions on how to correctly put them together, however it is worth taking note of any signage such as this way up so you don’t end up having upside down boxes! The shorter tabs should always be folded in first and the longer ones after, and ensure you property secure them down with tape following all the edges and corners. Try not to overfill boxes as this not only makes them more difficult to lift but you also run the risk of damaging your items.
It is important to clearly label boxes with the room they are intended for and what is in them such as fragile items and if the box does not already specify, which way up it should be held.
If any boxes contain items that you will need quick access to when you arrive at your new property such as kettles, knifes. Forks, spoons etc. then it might be worth listing the contents of the whole box they have been put in.
- Use smaller boxes for heavier items and bigger boxers for lighter items.
- If you don’t have paper or bubble wrap then soft items such as clothes, towels and blankets are great for packing delicate.
- Pack heavier items at the bottom of the box and ensure the weight is evenly distributed and not all to one side or central.
- Pack one room up at a time rather than doing bits in each room, this will save time and confusion and will also save time unpacking as well.
- When dismantling, furniture keep all screws, nuts and bolts etc. in a sealed bag and tape it to the item of furniture in which they belong.
- It is always best to move TV’s in the original box that they came in, however if this is not possible then be sure to wrap it up as security as possible.
- Any kitchen utensils and cutlery should be carefully wrapped in paper before putting them in the box.
- It is worth purchasing knife protectors for sharp knives as they will help prevent injury when unpacking, they should then be wrapped in paper and placed in the box.
- When packing, glasses wrap them carefully in bubble wrap and place them in the box widest side down. Be sure to label the box fragile!
- When packing medicines, you should also have a bit of a clear out, check for any out of date products, or medication that is no longer required, this will save space and it’s also the perfect time for a clear out that you would never usually get around to doing!
- It is best to pack valuables such as jewellery and important documents such as passports, driver’s licences and other such items separately, and clearly ladled on the box exactly what is in it, keep them with you and transport them in your own car, this way you can be sure that they are safe and you know exactly where to find them when it comes to unpacking.