There’s nothing more exciting than moving into a new home. A new environment, a new neighbourhood, and a new you; what more could you ask for? There’s just one tiny problem: it takes a ton of work.
Packing up your entire family’s life and home can be a major ordeal, and many times, people don’t realise just how much of a hassle it is until they’re right in the middle of it. You forget exactly how much stuff you have, how many boxes you need, and how many hours it will take to make sure that everything is packed, labeled, and sealed safely for the move.
While our house moving experts at Giffen Furniture Removals are always available to lend every moving homeowner a hand, we understand that some of you might want to do it yourselves. So we’ve listed our best packing tips from our team of professionals to help you out.
Start With Your Supplies
Before anything else, you need to gather all your supplies. These include:
- Plastic Bags or Trash Bags – For your miscellaneous items that don’t go into the bigger boxes
- Heavy-duty Packing Tape – You need the real heavy-duty stuff for this; don’t make the mistake of preparing nothing but masking tape
- Boxes – Think of the number of boxes you might need, and double it. Get all kinds of sizes, from the biggest to the smallest, and make sure that your boxes are stable and firm
- Thick markers and notebook – These will act as your labeling tools. You will use the markers to indicate the contents of every box, and your notebook to help remember which is which
- Packaging material – The material will be used to line the inside of your boxes, to make sure nothing gets damaged during the move. This includes bubble wrap, old newspapers, and other recycled papers
5 Tips On Packing Like A Professional
1. Don’t Go Over 25 Kilos
We hold onto things not because we use them but because the object reminds us of good memories. We repeat this pattern until nostalgia creates a mound of clutter in our rooms. The worst part? There’s too much sentiment and not enough will power. This is how we end up with an entire room filled with our grandmother’s old, tattered, unloved dresses.
The first step to overcoming this is to stay practical. Remember that these are objects that you don’t use. Aside from the memory you have with it, it’s really nothing more than another thing that could be donated or thrown away.
2. Clothes and Hangers: Keep Them Together
Packing all your clothes and hangers separately adds another layer of work to your long day, which is why it works out best to not separate them at all. Simply pack your clothes in wardrobe cartons, with hanger and all.
3. Organise Which Boxes You WIll Need First
Loading and unloading a moving truck can take an entire day, so the last thing you want to do is bury a box filled with important items all the way in the back of the truck. For example, some items you might need immediately upon arrival would include silverware, bathroom items, and kitchen utensils. In that case, you would want to pack those items together and load them up last, so you can unload them first.
4. Don’t Be Laze With Fragile Items
It can be tempting to look at your cupboard full of plates, bowls, and glasses, and just haul them into a single box in one go and hope for the best. But even if you think the drive to your new home should be safe enough for your plates, is that really a chance you want to take?
Like any professional removalist would tell you: don’t be lazy when it comes to your breakables. Wrap packing material around your plates, bowls, and glasses individually, adding a layer of protection and helping them from breaking against each other.
5. Pack One Room At A Time
Packing can feel impossible, especially if you’re looking at the project as one for your entire house. However, dividing this task into much smaller ones can take the burden off immediately. Instead of packing parts of your house little by little, just pack each room one at a time. Not only will this make it easier on your back, but it will also make it easier to remember where everything is when you unpack.
Things You Shouldn’t Pack
You might have some items in the home that would be better off kept at your side rather than in the back of a packed moving van. These items include:
- Guns (packed individually in small boxes, with ammunition packed separately)
- Flammable liquids like lawnmower fuel
- Liquid cleaning supplies (it is advisable to leave these behind)
- Pets and plants should be moved in your own personal vehicle
Need Help with Your Move?
A home is filled with prized possessions and priceless family heirlooms, and packing them the wrong way can cost you a fortune, in both assets and memories. Why take the risk of turning your next house move into your next nightmare?
Giffen Furniture Removals has helped Brisbane residents move prized possessions and other significant items interstate from Brisbane for years. We turn house moves into vacations, allowing you to focus on your new home and new life while we take over on all the work—from packing and wrapping every plate, vase, and frame to unpacking everything without a hitch. Don’t let a sharp bump on the road or a badly-packed box ruin your things.
Call us today at Giffen Furniture Removals and request a free quote for all your moving and storage needs.