Moving your belongings from one home to another can be very stressful and take up a lot of your time and mental energy. It is often hard enough knowing where to start. The following advice will help you to take a systematic approach to the task of moving your belongings and leave you feeling organised and in control.
The whole process can be broken down into the following steps;
- Get rid of the stuff you do not want to keep
- Organise your packing area
- Create categories of belongings
Things you will need:
- Cardboard boxes and some plastic stackable boxes: I recommend at least 20 good sized cardboard boxes and a few of varying sizes. At least 5 stackable plastic boxes. The plastic boxes are good for heavier things and the stackable element will save you space.
- Labelling material: I recommend buying some large fluorescent stickers that can be written on with a marker pen, this makes your boxes labels easily readable – Theres nothing worse than not being able to find your stuff in your new home!
- Pen and paper: For writing down the contents of each box.
- Adhesive tape: Regular brown parcel tape will suffice.
- Strong refuse sacks: for clearing out your unwanted stuff.
Step 1 – Get rid of the stuff you do not want to keep
The first thing to do is to try and get rid of any stuff that you are not going to take to your new home. There is nothing worse than filling your new house with rubbish, as well as bad Feng shui, it will waste your time and take up space. So grab a plastic bag and scan your belongings for stuff you want to throw away or give to charity. The stuff you want to bin, do so immediately, anything you want to give away or sell, make sure you label up and if possible deal with that first.
Step 2 – Organise your packing area
You need to move freely in and out of the house and between rooms so make sure your hallway has a clear route and there is a space in the centre of each of your rooms to place the labeled empty boxes (see step 4) ready for you to start filling your belongings with.
Step 3 – Creating categories of belongings
Ok, this and the next step are the most important part of packing before you move. The biggest mistake people make when packing away belongings is not organising their stuff into categories and not labelling them. They do this either because they think they will remember where they put them when they get to their new home or because they simply didn’t realise how stressful and untidy it can get when trying to find that set of hair straighteners or that warm winter coat in a sea of unlabelled boxes.
There will be certain things that you need to have available and have easy access to, these are things like clothes, food, eating utensils, cleaning and beauty items and perhaps a couple of books and your digital devices. There will also be stuff that you are not likely to need such as your old CDs, your occasional clothes, the slow cooker your mum bought you, so on and so forth (I think you get the idea!). So your first task is to think about what your plans are over the next week or so (or until you can start unpacking properly) and then write a list of all the things you think you will need for that time, this list of items will be packed into a group of boxes labelled ‘Essentials’
So now you have your first category of packed items – ‘Essentials’, write this header down on a sheet of paper. Then I recommend the following categories:
- Kitchen utensils
- Non perishable food (theres no need to catagorise fresh food because you will probably not leave this in boxes!)
- Music (if you still have lots of CDS)
- Cleaning/Beauty products
- Office (by office I refer to anything related to your paperwork, stationery)