Packing takes time and – without forethought – it takes even more time. With some careful pre-planning, it needn’t be nearly so daunting. With this in mind, here are some suggestions to help you lay firm foundations upon which your packing can be executed smoothly and soundly.
- Make a list, distinguishing items which can be packed straight away form those which you’ll need up till the last minute. It doesn’t need to be 100 per cent correct, but it’ll give you a sense of clarity and order right from the start.
- As far in advance as you like, begin going through your possessions and getting rid of anything dispensable, being as unsentimental as possible. Charity shops and car-boot sales will all be glad of your things and then there are the online auction sites, too. Any proceeds can be ploughed straight into your removal costs.
- Work out how many cardboard boxes you’ll need and have them in place in good time, ensuring you have a variety of sizes. We can advise you on this if we’ve seen your property in order to calculate an estimate – failing that, describe the space over the phone to us and we’ll work out the quantity of boxes you’re most likely to require.
- Take a moment to call your contents insurance company to find out if you already have cover for any breakages or damage occurring during a move.
- Get all your supplies – good, sharp scissors, masking tape, stretch wrap, bubble wrap, paper, newspaper, spare blankets, foam, polystyrene chips, permanent marker, labels, boxes (including wardrobe boxes, mirror and picture boxes, and electronics boxes), box cutter, utility knife, mattress bags.
- If you’re struggling with a particular area of pre-planning or feel that there’s an area where your knowledge is scant, try YouTube for its endless array of amateur and professional ‘how to’ videos.
- Six weeks before your moving day, start packing things you only need infrequently – e.g. seasonal items, scarcely-used gadgets, and any belongings in the attic or cellar. Start using up items in the freezer, defrosting a few more every day to use in lunches and dinners. Also, change your buying habits so that you’re not acquiring anything in bulk or doing large grocery shops.