Even the simplest little tricks can be huge time savers when it comes time to move home. We’ve put together a list of packing hacks and handy tricks to help you pack your way through moving day and settle right into your new home.
Be ready to box
If there’s one thing you’ll be thankful for on moving day, it’s any extra preparation you put in beforehand, like decluttering or planning for your pets. One of the most important things that you’ll need to organise before moving is boxes to pack everything away.
It’s a good idea to sit down and think about how many boxes you’ll need for each room, and what size will be best. Remember that bigger boxes may become too heavy to lift, depending on what you put in them, so try to reserve them for lighter objects, like children’s stuffed toys or cushions. Small boxes are great for heavy items like books or kitchenware.
Be sure to get a selection of different sized boxes, just in case, but make sure they’re sturdy enough to carry the weight as well. You don’t want your boxes breaking while you’re carrying things out to the car!
Pack by room
A great way to make sure that your things don’t stray too far from where they belong is to pack by room. Rather than jumbling things up, put all of the lounge room things in the lounge room boxes, and the laundry things in the laundry boxes.
This will make it much easier when it comes to the chore of putting everything away in your new home, but it also makes it much easier to prioritise your unpacking – the kitchen is probably a room you need to have set up before the laundry, for example.
Have your packing supplies ready
It’s easy to forget even the most obvious things when you’re in the middle of packing, so the more prepared you are, the better. Write yourself a thorough list of what you’ll need to get everything packed, and make sure you have everything ready a few days before moving day.
Boxes aren’t the only supplies you’ll need when it comes to the move. Things like packing tape, labels, textas, bubble wrap or newspaper to wrap your valuables are essential.
You won’t be able to unpack everything as soon as you arrive in your new home, so pack an overnight bag worth of essentials to keep you going. Include a change of clothes, toothbrush, snacks, phone charger, and any other essentials that you might need.
Have a schedule
If you’re paying for removalists to help you get your things from A to B, you don’t want to have them standing around waiting for you to finish packing on the day. Start packing up the small stuff a couple of weeks before moving house, so there’s less stuff to box up on moving day.
And if you need a hand with knowing who to tell about your big move, don’t forget to download and print out our Moving Home Checklist for changing your address.