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.