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12 Hacks to Pack Up Your Home Like a Pro

June 18, 2024 Tommy

Whether it is your first move or your hundredth, packing is always the most overwhelming part of the process. Making sure you pack your belongings safely, securely, and organised can be challenging when you have a lot to manage in time for moving day.  Do not worry; we have compiled a list of the top 12 hacks to speed up the packing process while ensuring your belongings reach their new home in pristine condition. From documenting your precious valuables to labelling your packed boxes, this blog will turn you into a packing professional.

  • 12 Steps to Level Up Your Packing Strategy
  • Packing Like a Pro FAQs

12 Steps to Level Up Your Packing Strategy 

  1. Start Early

Procrastination is your enemy when it comes to moving. Begin packing as soon as you know you’re relocating. Start with items you use infrequently and gradually work your way to everyday essentials. 

If you utilise your time effectively, you can pack in small, manageable amounts so that you are not in a mad rush days before your big move to pack up all your things.

  1. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter

Before you pack, take time to declutter. Sort through the belongings you do not wish to bring to your new home. If you are downsizing, you may need to be selective about which items will fit. 

Donate, sell, or recycle items you no longer need. This will reduce the volume of stuff you need to pack and make unpacking easier in your new home.

  1. Create an Inventory

Once you have decided on the items coming to your new home, it is time to create an inventory. Make a list of all your items, their current condition, and which room they will be going in. If necessary, photograph valuable items to compare once you reach your new home to determine if any damage occurred during transit. When you arrive in your new home, you can refer to your list to organise your belongings to the correct room and check whether any items have been misplaced.

  1. Gather Quality Supplies

Invest in sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper. Quality supplies ensure your belongings are well-protected during the move. If you still have the original packaging for electronics or appliances, use it. These boxes are designed to protect specific items and make packing easier.

  1. Pack an Essentials Box

You should pack an essentials box to enable you to settle into your home as quickly as possible while your belongings are yet to be unloaded. Fill a box with essentials for you and your family, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, basic kitchen supplies, a blanket and snacks.

  1. Pack by Room

Focus on packing your belongings one room at a time. This approach keeps you organised and makes unpacking more manageable. To simplify your packing process, start with the top floor and work your way down the floors. Pack your kitchen supplies last, as certain electronics and appliances, such as a kettle and cutlery, will be needed until the moving day.  

  1. Protect Fragile Items

As per your inventory, you should have marked which items need extra care and attention during packing to ensure they reach your new home in pristine condition. Wrap fragile items individually in bubble wrap or packing paper. Place them in sturdy boxes with plenty of cushioning material, such as packing peanuts, to minimise movement and reduce breakage.

  1. Take Photos of Complex Setups

Before disassembling electronics or furniture, take photos to document how everything is connected or assembled. This will make reassembly much easier in your new home, enabling you to settle in much faster. 

  1. Pack Heavy Items in Small Boxes

Avoid overpacking large boxes with heavy items. Instead, smaller boxes for books and other heavy objects should be used to make them easier to lift and carry. Label the box’s contents so that the individual who lifts it is aware of how heavy it is. 

When lifting heavy boxes, you must use proper lifting techniques. Ensure that your knees are bent and your back is straight to avoid injury or fatigue during the move.

  1. Label Everything

Label each box with its contents and to which room it belongs. This makes unpacking much more organised and efficient, as you can unload the correct boxes into the correct room at your new home. Make sure to mark any boxes with delicate objects with the word ‘fragile’ and arrows portraying which way the box must be carried to prevent breakage. 

  1.  Ask for Assistance

Moving can be stressful, but having the right people around you to help can make the process run much more smoothly. Most people are reluctant to request help, but your friends, family, or neighbours will most likely be more than happy to help you pack your things or even take some belongings you no longer want off your hands.

  1. Hire a Professional Removal Company

A crucial step towards a successful move is to hire a professional removal company. A reputable removal company can provide packing, storage and moving services that take the stress away from you, allowing you to focus on the other aspects of your move. 

Professional removal companies, such as Guardian Removals, can tailor their packaging and removal services to provide a domestic relocation process that makes the move more efficient and enjoyable.

Packing like a Pro FAQs

How soon should I start packing for a move?

Ideally, you should start preparing your belongings for a move two months before your moving date. In the weeks leading up to the move, start collecting supplies and packing your items so that only essential items remain to pack the week before your move.

What is the best room to pack first before moving?

Start by packing up the contents of any room currently used for storage. These are usually garages, basements, or guest rooms, and they will likely contain non-essential items that you don’t reach for.

How long does it take to pack one room?

As a basic rule, you should allocate a whole day to pack each room in your house. This time enables you to pack slowly and carefully, ensuring your belongings are safely and securely packed to arrive at your new home in the same condition.

Pack Your Home Seamlessly with Guardian Removals

At Guardian Removals, our expert team of movers has extensive experience packing, storing, and moving belongings from one home to another.  We use high-quality packaging materials and careful packing techniques that maximise the safety and security of your household items. Allow us to take away the stress of packing your house by providing you with our unrivalled packing and moving service that can be tailored to your needs.

With the help of our specialist team at Guardian Removals, you can pack your home like a pro. Contact us today to discuss how we can make your house move as seamless as possible.

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