A guide to packing your house

Posted 3 weeks ago by Annabel


Packing and moving house can be daunting and exhaustive, but there are many tips to alleviate any stress with moving and allow you to enjoy the experience. A Man and van company have put together some tips for you.

With some careful planning, lots of boxes and bubble wrap, and a positive mindset, packing your house will be a breeze.

Before packing, go from room to room and purge belongings you no longer need to avoid unnecessary packing; you do not want to move items you do not have use for anymore. Starting with the kitchen, go through and toss any old products like spices, mixes, or canned food items. Do not pack perishable items until the day of your move to avoid spoilage. Dispose of any old cleaning products, brushes, and any broken or worn kitchenware. Carefully wrap any fragile kitchenware that you are moving and write on the box FRAGILE. It may helpful to create a box of necessary items you will need when you move to your new place. The box should include items like:

• Dish soap • Hand soap • Dishcloths • Paper towels • Toaster • Coffee maker/Keurig • Cutlery and dishes • Flashlight, matches, and candles.

The next room to tackle is the smallest room in the house: the bathroom. Again, sort through and dispose of old cleaners, medicine, and beauty products. Create an essentials box for this room as well with items such as, essential medicines, toiletries, and enough towels for family members. When packing toiletries, ensure that they are wrapped and perhaps bagged separately before placed in boxes so that they do not spill and damage other products or create a mess.

Bedrooms may appear to be the most tedious to pack as that is where we store all our clothes, belongings, and other essentials. Start by throwing out or donating any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts, and socks. For furniture items like beds, mattresses, rugs, and chairs, a convenient idea is contacting a moving company to arrange for them to move your heavy items and ensure they arrive undamaged. Lamps can easily be packed with ample packing and lamp shades should be carefully wrapped.

The living room is usually the room with the biggest items like couches, love seats, TVs, wall units, and paintings. Due to the many different sizes and shapes of items the living room holds, you may need an assortment of boxes to get the job done. Pack the small items first like décor, throw, coasters, small wall hangings, and DVD/Sound systems. Make sure any cords are neatly packed and the box is labelled for easy finding later. With the larger items, contact your moving company so they can safely move them for you, or rent a large truck to move yourself. Either way, make sure all items are securely packed to avoid damage during transfer.

Next, we move into the dining room where again, large items exist. Contact a moving company, such as transport executive to move items like chandeliers, dining tables and chairs, and large cabinets. Carefully package with sufficient bubble wrap fine china, dishes, and crystal.

The office is quite often the room of the house that holds hundreds of books, heavy bookshelves, a computer, printer, and many papers. This is the perfect time to toss any papers you no longer need and donate or throw out old books. Books can weigh a lot once stacked in boxes, so there is no need to pack ones you no longer have use for. If packing a computer, make sure it is packed safely and any cords needed are packed with it.

Last, the garage is left to pack. Carefully go through this space and decide if there are any pieces of old equipment, outdated products, or broken items to throw away or sell for parts. Items like antifreeze, oil, and fertilizer should be packed well and labelled. It is important to make sure any chemicals do not spill during the move. When packing sharp tools, make you sure clearly label CAUTION or SHARP on the box to prevent injury. For any patio furniture and gas-powered items, try your best to take them apart and clean them off. If you have large items to move such as a boat, vintage car, go-kart, skidoo, or motorcycle, contact a moving company to safely move these items for you.

Before moving, it is important to consider where you are moving and how far your items will have to travel. If you are downsizing from a house to a condo then you will more than likely have to throw out or donate more items. Consider all factors before packing to avoid as much stress as possible during your move.