If you are moving to a new place for work or to simply have a fresh start, good for you! It’s a wonderful opportunity to improve a lot of aspects of your life. You can get rid of a lot of things that you do not really need, and at the same time, organise the items that are truly useful and valuable to you.
To launch you into this more streamlined direction, it is important to carefully think about packing and unpacking. The way you pack and unpack for your move will serve as a good foundation for effective home organisation.
As the trusted removal company in the Gold Coast, Ashtons Removals knows the smartest ways to pack and unpack belongings for a move. So, if you need guidance on how to go about this crucial task, we have you covered. Read our collection of tips below.
Packing for the Move
1. Before packing anything, determine what you want and need to bring with you first.
This means you have to go through all of your possessions before anything else and assess their value. You will certainly find items that are already broken and of no use to you. For others, you may no longer know why you even had them in the first place. There will likely be multiple pieces with the same function or purpose, or things that you simply do not need anymore.
Set all such pieces aside and decide what to do with them. Do you throw out, give away or donate, or sell these items?
The main idea here is to limit the belongings you include in the move, to those items only that you like and need for your life. You can reduce the cost of the move this way, and at the same time, increase the funds you can use to make the whole relocation process a more convenient one.
2. Create different categories for the items that must be packed.
Most people prefer to sort their things by room, function or owner. Go with what you believe is the most logical way to group items together and this will result in the unpacking becoming a breeze.
What seems to be the smartest and most convenient method for many is to use the rooms as the categories for packing. This way, it will be much easier to have the items placed where they will “reside” in the new home.
3. Label all your boxes and containers.
If you want to be thoroughly organised, labels definitely make a whole world of difference. Put them on all the boxes and containers, so all items can be easily taken to where they need to go.
Side tip: When labelling, don’t just write the category. Include instructions for packing. For example, certain products need to be kept in an upright position, so write that on the label as well. You want everybody helping out in the packing to do everything right so unpacking can be accomplished faster.
Also, consider including a list of the things inside the box.
4. Place the large and heavy items at the bottom of your box or container.
This is the best way to put things in your packing boxes or containers. The large and heavy items at the bottom will provide additional stability to the boxes on top of them.
Plus, you can be sure that the larger boxes will not crush the smaller and more fragile pieces.
5. Invest in professional packaging materials.
If you have plenty of delicate items that you want to protect during the move, professional-grade packaging materials should be used for them. Bubble wrap, butchers’ paper, tissue paper, heavy-duty tape, and strong boxes will ensure their safety.
6. Pack everything tightly and seal the boxes.
This will minimise the movement of the items within the box. You can use butchers’ paper, tissue paper, newspaper and small towels to fill gaps. Ensure the box is full and sealed, without the lid bulging.
Secure the boxes and containers with packing tape.
1. Prepare labels for the different rooms of the house.
This will allow the movers to easily identify where each and every box or bag should go.
2. Unpack the boxes that contain the items you need immediately upon arrival.
These include your kitchen essentials, cleaning products, tools, and others. Taking these items out right away will help get your new home running in no time.
3. Get to the bedrooms next.
You want to make sure that you have a comfortable place to rest after a long day of moving, so put the beds together and unpack the bed sheets and pillowcases.
4. Set up the bathroom.
Take out all your personal hygiene products and set the bathroom up with towels and tissues.
5. Assemble furniture and install your appliances.
Identify where all these items will go and start assembling and installing them there. Ensure that you have planned this prior to the removal, so the removal team can place the items in the correct rooms.
6. Unpack décor and all the other items that will go into the shelves, cabinets, and the other storage areas of the house.
Décor and items going into bookcases and cabinets always go last. They are not as important, so you can take your time in deciding how to organise them according to your personal preference after you’ve taken care of the more essential items.
There you have it – an extensive list of tips on packing and unpacking for a move. These are sure to help you tackle the task more effectively. For more informative content on relocation and storage, call the Ashtons Removals team today.