What to Put on Your Packing Plan

Posted on: 25 April 2017

Moving home can be an intimidating experience, especially if you're moving a long distance. Between the administrative challenges of buying or renting a new home and the hassle of changing your address, it can seem like there's hardly any time to pack your belongings for the move. Although, there is a lot to do when packing, you can stay in control of it with a packing plan.

Choosing a removals firm

If you're just moving within a city, you may be able to get your move done with the help of friends and family (although even then most don't know someone who can help us move a large dining table). For long-distance moves or if you have a lot of furniture to transport, though, consider getting advice from qualified removalists. Your removal firm will give you advice on how to wrap your furniture for transport as well as what to use when packing your belongings. They may even be able to provide you with moving supplies like boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap.

Make a floor plan

If you have a floor plan of your new house, draw a diagram showing where each item of furniture will go. Decide which rooms you want to unload into first; this will give you some sense of what order you'll load your moving van in. Whichever room you want to unload into first, load that into your van last. 

Cut down 

As you pack to move, you may realise that a lot of what you own isn't really important enough to you to transport across long distances. This can be an ideal opportunity to reduce the number of boxes you have to pack by selling, giving away or recycling unwanted clothes, books or even furniture. Don't get rid of things just for the sake of doing so, but ask yourself whether you really want to drag this object all the way to your new home. 

Pack smart

Identify the parts of your home you're going to pack first. You'll want to begin with things that are seldom used; out-of-season clothing, for instance, as well as books, CDs or other collections. Plan to pack things you use every day later in the moving process, and set a box aside for absolute essentials like your kettle to go into on the moving day itself. 

Pack safe

Heavy moving boxes can tear under the weight of their contents, and if they weight too much they can be a nuisance while loading the van. To balance out your boxes, mix heavier and lighter contents. A box full of books might be too heavy to move safely; instead, put down a bottom layer of books and fill the rest of the box with clothing or bedding. 

Be willing to improvise

A packing plan will help you get a sense of what you need to do for your move, but don't be afraid to alter it if need be. It's meant to reduce your stress, not add to it!