On the Move: Packing Tips

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 early

  • 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

Don’t overlook

  • Important documents, expensive jewellery and other irreplaceable items should be carried with you rather than left in the hands of removalists.

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