Packing for a move can be stressful. It’s easy to think you haven’t accumulated many things until you get out the boxes and packing tape. Don’t let the excitement of moving to a new home be overshadowed by a last minute disorganised rush to pack.
Start going through your belongings as soon as you know you’re moving. Run a critical eye over everything you own and decide if it has a place in your new home. This is also a great time to go through clothes and part with any that haven’t been worn in the last 12 months.
Advertise unwanted items on eBay, Gumtree or local Buy/Swap/Sell Facebook pages or donate to your local Op Shop or charity. If you’re short on time and reside in Melbourne you can arrange a home pick up by Diabetes Victoria.
Content in cupboards can be packed in advance and the boxes stored in the bottom of cupboards.
Organisation is your key to being stress
Use coloured labels to distinguish boxes containing fragile items.
Clearly write the destination room on each box, including a brief description of the contents to help you prioritise which boxes to unpack.
Number all your boxes so you can track down a missing box if needed.
Little details make a big difference
Don’t skimp on packing tape particularly on the bottom of boxes
Label all electronic cords so you know what piece of equipment they belong to
Wrap bathroom and kitchen liquids in bags before you place them in boxes
Pack heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top
Gaps in boxes can be plugged with linen, socks or clothing
Place screws and bolts from dismantled furniture in snap lock bags and label so they can be matched up later
Don’t use bags instead of boxes as they are likely to tear
Pack heavy books into small cartons
Important documents, expensive jewellery and other irreplaceable items should be carried with you rather than left in the hands of removalists.