Finally, the move is in sight. How wonderful your new home is waiting for you. Just move to your new place. Well… ‘a moment’? Packing and moving can sometimes be quite a time-consuming task. Think of piles of moving boxes, all that stuff, and all that lugging… But, with a few simple tips, you can make packing for your move much easier. Time to think better about how and what you pack!
Take a strategic approach to packing for a move. This way, you can move without stress, with minimal impact. Pack the things and items you use least per room first. Examples of such items are seasonal items, spare items, photo albums or Sunday service. Use separate moving boxes for each room so that you can quickly get everything back in place while unpacking.
Moving tips in a row
Tip 1: Declutter your house
During a move, you often only see what you really have at home. That’s scary! A move is a great opportunity to get rid of, give away, recycle or sell things you no longer use. Decluttering your house provides more space in your moving boxes and peace and space in your head.
Tip 2: Recycle straight away
Throwing all your stuff that you no longer have a new home for on the garbage dump is really no longer of today. For example, it is a small effort to dispose of devices in an environmentally friendly way; by handing them in at a recycling station or taking them to the thrift store or giveaway store. First, recycle, then pack! This way, you don’t move unnecessary things. Saves time again.
Tip 3: Smart packing
Be organized, room by room. For example, pack the guest room or storage room first. Logically, you fill the first moving boxes with things you do not need immediately. Then, go wild with the color coding of the boxes, not only a wonderfully creative job, but so you know exactly what goes where.
Specifically, you will pack moving boxes in 2 phases. In the first instance, you pack for each room or space the things that you can do without for a while, such as decoration material, clothing that you are not going to wear right away or books that you have already read. Then, in a second phase, you fill those boxes with the rest of the objects and stuff from that room.
Tip 4: Surprising packaging material
Moving with bubble wrap is an expensive thing. It is much smarter, cheaper and more sustainable to wrap your belongings in towels, bedding and clothing. With this, you kill two birds with one stone because you pack twice as much at the same time.
Tip 5: Moving boxes, rent them!
Instead of buying boxes, you can rent or borrow them from family or friends. Handy and sustainable!
Tip 6: Filled suitcases and bags
Of course, you divide the heavy things into different boxes, but suitcases and bags are so handy. Moving books, for example, in trolley cases. This way, you prevent moving boxes from sagging and your entire possessions being on the street. Sometimes you can also move your things conveniently and quickly in a drawer. Take the drawer out of the cupboard, but leave your administration or other small items in it, for example. Saves time and packaging material.
Tip 7: Disassemble like a pro
Some furniture, such as your couch or that one large closet, cannot go through the window or door in its entirety. That will be dismantled! A time-consuming job for which you can also hire a pro, but if you do it smartly, you don’t need them at all. In any case, make sure you keep all the furniture together and collect all the screws in a bag that you stick on the furniture. Find out in advance whether you can find online how to reassemble the furniture. If not, take pictures of all the steps.
Tip 8: Big cleaning
Prepare well for the final cleaning. Get everything you need for a thorough cleaning and put together a list of your favorite music. Both your old and new home will have to work, so you better make it a fun activity. Preferably with friends or family. So cozy!
Tip 9: Pack fragile items
Pack crockery separately, in an old newspaper or a tea towel. Place the heaviest items in the box first. A moving box with crockery quickly becomes too heavy, so fill the box with other, light kitchen utensils. Think of tea towels, napkins or kitchen rolls. Do not forget to state on the boxes that the contents are fragile. This way, they don’t end up at the bottom or on top of the stack of moving boxes and you prevent accidents.
Tip 10: Keep important parts on hand
Make sure you pack essentials like keys, your toiletry bag, and a few sets of clothes in a separate box. Or keep them separately in a suitcase or overnight bag. This way, you won’t have to go through all the boxes looking for underwear or other important items.
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