Moving house can often be a stressful and busy time for many of us. In an ideal world, we’d have all the time we needed to pack all our belongings neatly into moving boxes right on time for moving day.
But what do you do when you’re pushed for time and only have a few days or even just a single day to pack? Here is a handy list of tips and tricks on how to take charge of your house move, and get it all done in just a couple of days:
1. Start Now!
Don’t waste valuable time stressing or thinking about not knowing where to start. Take a few deep breaths and start formulating a plan of action.
Pulling together your plan should take no longer than a few minutes and is very much worth the effort. Quickly gathering your thoughts and ideas then writing them down, can save you so much time and effort in the long run.
Create a packing timeline to decide what tasks you need to focus on first and in what order you will complete each task based on how much time you have left to move. Make a list of people or organisations who can help you with your move to get some ideas. Pull together a list of priorities and tasks and write down what supplies you need for your move.
2. Enlist Some Help!
Get in touch with local removalists and see if they would be available to help with your move on short notice. Alternatively, book a removalist truck or utility vehicle for use on the day to move your furniture and belongings.
Call around and organise a team of friends and family to help with packing your things, as well as with moving your belongings on moving day. Having extra sets of hands to rely on can make light work of your urgent house move, as opposed to you doing it all on your own.
Don’t forget to show your gratitude and appreciation to your helpers by shouting them some drinks, pizzas or take away in between moving or packing breaks.
3. Purge Unwanted Items
By getting rid of belongings you no longer want, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favour in the long run. Having fewer belongings and keeping just the essential items you love and use frequently will mean you’ll have less items to pack and relocate to your new address.
You can choose to donate your unwanted items to a local charity, put them up for sale on eBay or Gumtree or give them away for free to friends and family.
If you are still undecided, you can always pay for temporary storage space for your unwanted items in the interim. Once you’ve completed the move to your new address, you can then take your time in dealing with your unwanted valuables.
4. Start Packing ASAP
Don’t think, just pack! Get your moving boxes or garbage bags, scissors and tape and get started.
At this stage, you just need to get in there and pack your belongings up into boxes. Don’t waste time with organising and cleaning your belongings before you move. There simply isn’t any time for that right now.
Pack up your belongings one room at a time. This will help prevent panic from setting in, and ensures that you efficiently pack each room before moving to the next one. Start with communal spaces first, such as the living rooms and dining areas, followed by the bedrooms and finally the bathrooms. Packing larger rooms first will ensure you prioritise packing most of your belongings early in the piece. Also, starting with larger areas will keep you and your packing team motivated, and leave the less stressful smaller living areas at the end.
5. Get Some Additional Help!
If you’re really struggling with keeping to your packing schedule and need some more help, perhaps you can hire a team to assist with pre-packing ahead of your move. Check with your local moving company to see if this is a service they can offer. The bigger your team, the quicker you will get things done, and the less you will be stressed.
Be aware too that there are some tasks that you can leave until moving day that your friends or the even removalist company can help with.
Call The Professionals
Hiring furniture removal specialists to assist with your move can really save you time, energy and money.
Giffen Furniture Removals are known and trusted in Brisbane for their removals, pre-packing and furniture storage space services. Best of all, hiring a professional like Giffen means you won’t have to worry about hiring a truck or lifting a finger when it comes to moving your belongings to and from the moving vehicle.
Don’t get stuck when it comes to moving house last minute. Call the professionals at Giffen Removals today for a fast, free quote.