Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do, but what makes it even more stress-inducing is having little to no time to organise your stuff. Perhaps you have to move out of rented accommodation with little notice, or maybe you’ve been so busy with surveys, finance and mortgages that you’ve run out of time to organise your belongings. However, not all is lost! We have lots of tips to help you get sorted before your big moving day.
Make sure you have plenty of boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newspaper and marker pens. Put them in one place so you can quickly grab them as you go. It helps to have different sizes of boxes and write a short description on the side so you know what’s inside, for example ‘Kitchen – Plates’.
One room at a time
Focusing on one room at a time will stop you from feeling overwhelmed. It’ll also help you at the other side if your items are packed by room. Write a schedule and stick to it – two hours in the living room, three hours in the kitchen, an hour in the bedroom etc. Only move on to the next room when you’re finished. If you’re moving as a couple or family, give everyone a room to tackle to get the job done in record time.
The more, the merrier
Packing an entire house can be too much for one person in such a short space of time, so why not call in a favour from friends and family? Give them specific jobs like wrapping up all of your kitchen crockeries in bubble wrap or putting DVDs and books in boxes. When you’ve finished packing, treat them to pizza and beer to say thank you.
Tackle difficult tasks first
The most difficult items should be the first on your packing list. The trickiest things to move are heavy and bulky items that may not fit through doors, such as refrigerators, sofas and beds. Make sure these are all cleared and clean first before you start any other items in those rooms. Other tricky items include musical instruments and sports equipment, so make sure these are in cases and prepped to move. If you work from home, you’ll also want to sort through your home office and check your paperwork and electronics are in order.
While packing in 24 hours is more stressful than, say, packing over a week, it can be done. Your Man With A Van can do all light removals and help you with logistics and storage whenever you need it.