How to Start Packing up Your House
Packing up a house or office before moving can be a massive upheaval.
On average, we move houses five times before turning 30, and then three more times after that, meaning most of us experience this process at some point.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Moving can be exciting, and we’ve got plenty of advice for packing up a house. So, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Let’s dive in.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
This may seem like overkill. However, you should always try to give yourself at least six weeks to pack before moving.
This avoids the stress of running around shoving things in boxes, trying to get everything packed in record time – no one wants that.
Diligent planning and time management is key to saving you both time and money.
With that in mind, we recommend creating a packing calendar. This is essential for keeping focused and motivated.
When writing your calendar, prioritize your packing and try to distribute your tasks with the time you have left evenly.
Unsurprisingly, you should plan to pack all of your non-essentials first. For example, if you’re moving during winter, pack all your summer clothes, and vacation gear to begin with.
If you’re feeling super organized, consider breaking down each task into ‘mini goals.’ For example, one of your tasks might be ‘pack wardrobe.’ – you could break this down into the following categories;
- Sort through clothes and shoes
- Pack my clothes
- Pack his clothes
- Pack shoes
- Pack accessories
You get the idea; this may seem boring. However, you’ll save yourself time in the long run.
Don’t Move More Than You Need
Before you put any of your belonging into boxes, sort through everything you own. Ensure you allocate time to your calendar to sift through your belongings.
Undoubtedly, there’ll be things you don’t need/want anymore.
Use this as an opportunity to de-clutter your life and give to charity – win-win.
You may find you need to book a trash haul if you have a lot of stuff to get rid of. This is usually easier than finding time to take everything to the dump yourself- especially if you have lots of bigger items.
Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to pick up supplies.
Do your best to estimate how many boxes you’ll need. Before you waste money buying any, see if you can get some from work, use suitcases you already have, or, ask your friends and family.
Label. Label. Label.
Labelling your boxes is key to a smooth moving experience. You can buy sticky labels in most stationary stores, for next to no money.
Ensure you mark both the top and sides of your boxes with the contents and make it clear whether it’s fragile.
This will help to remind you which room each box needs to go. You should also make it clear as to the specific contents of the box.
This will come in handy when you’re desperate for a pair of underwear. You don’t want to be rummaging through 10 boxes stamped ‘bedroom’ when you’re trying to get ready in the morning.
Make Sure Your Stuff Stays in One Piece
When packing up a house, you should use what you have already to supplement your bubble wrap.
By this, we mean use clothes, and towels (and other household things) to wrap items that are easily breakable.
Just be sure to mark on the box what you’ve used. This has a twofold benefit;
- You won’t lose track of where you’ve packed everything
- You don’t want to go the trouble of safely packing away your gear to then have a champagne flute flung out of an old tea towel
In addition to doing the above, thoroughly wrap anything fragile in lots of bubble wrap – newspaper just won’t cut the biscuit.
Where scratchable surfaces are concerned, you’ll want to wrap them up in protective padding.
For example, coffee tables, TV stands, chest of drawers, etc. Furniture padding is usually easy and cheap to rent from storage facilities.
Try to save as much space as possible by taping lone items together. For example, brooms and mops.
This is especially important with disassembled furniture. Not only does this save space, but it also makes the load lighter and easier to move.
However, you must make sure you keep all relevant parts together. Put any small pieces into a secure sandwich bag and tape it to the furniture.
Keep Things Light
Aim to keep boxes as light as possible. You don’t want you or anyone else helping you move injuring themselves.
We recommend your boxes weigh less than 50 pounds. If you have any unusually heavy boxes, be sure to mark them to ensure no-one has any nasty surprises!
Things You’ll Want to Have to Hand
There are a few things you’ll want to access when you reach your new home. Such as;
- Enough clothes for the immediate aftermath
- Paper plates and plastic cutlery
- Toilet paper and soap
- Bottled water
You’ll be thankful you thought ahead when you start unpacking all your stuff!
Two to three weeks before the move, make a list of your utility service providers and plan to transfer them to your new address or cancel them. Here’s a list of utilities you should consider;
- Home Insurance
While contacting your insurance provider, check what your policy says about belongings in storage. This may come in handy.
We also recommend asking what your policy says about the removal process. For example, is your property covered if anything breaks on the road?
Are You About to Start Packing up a House?
If you’re about to start packing up a house, please feel free to check out our services pages.
Our team of professionals will be more than happy to help you pack up your belongings and clean your house before the move.
Additionally, if you have any questions about how we can help you during this chaotic time, please feel free to reach out. We’d be more than happy to work out the best way to help.