This week we thought we would share some really useful tips for when you are moving house. We know how stressful this can be so we put together the following list to make your life easier. (Special thanks to our friend Andrew Duncan for his input.)
- Pack an overnight bag containing all your essentials.
You will be pretty worn out at the end of moving day so you’ll want easy access to your essentials, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day, as well as all your toiletries.
- Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic box.
This includes things like a box cutter, eating utensils, select cookware, phone charger, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from all the cardboard boxes.
- Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap.
Two birds, one stone (no pun intended!): you’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time!
- For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean(!) socks.
- In addition to labelling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into.
When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. Unpacking will feel more manageable. Remember to label the SIDES of the boxes – you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.
- Use the colour-coding system.
Pick a colour code for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly. Label the door of each room with the corresponding sticker/tape so that movers know where to place the boxes.
- If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.
Put up a new shower curtain and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a long hot shower after a long day of moving.
- Cover the openings of your toiletries with gladwrap, then put the tops back on.
Then put them in a zip-lock bag – this will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.
- Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.
- Keep drawers intact by covering them with gladwrap.
Dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and re-fold their contents. It’ll also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable.
That’s it for this week – next week we will have another ten tips for you.