Get some cardboard boxes, chuck everything in – how hard can it be? Hang on a minute – not so fast there. Packing your stuff well is an art form, according to the professional packers at .
“Common mistakes people make include packing too much into boxes, using the wrong kinds of boxes, not sorting their things beforehand and not giving themselves enough time,” explains director Elizabeth Yates of . Here are her commonsense DIY tips;
1. De-clutter first
“Sort out what you want to give to charity, to friends, or what you’re happy to put into storage,” suggests Elizabeth. “Cull beforehand rather than thinking you’ll just sort it out at the other end – otherwise you’ll just pay more for time, cubic metres in the truck, the whole process.”
2. Get a head start
Elizabeth says it’s crucial to be well-prepared. “We suggest you start packing six to seven weeks ahead of the actual move. And begin with the rooms you don’t need – so you’re left with a basic kitchen, basic bathroom and things you need every day.”
3. Label correctly
Once again, organisation is the key to a successful move. “First, label the rooms that the boxes are going to, rather than the rooms they’ve come from – it makes for a smoother process,” explains Elizabeth. “Then list the basic contents of each box – such as ‘Mary’s room: clothes’.” Some removalists or packers will buy back the boxes from you if they’re in good nick, so only write on the packing tape, not the box itself.
4. Use the right materials
“You can get your own packing materials from storage companies, or the removalists will provide them if they’re packing for you. If you’re packing yourself, don’t be tempted to cut corners with supermarket boxes – they’re not strong enough. And only use clean butcher’s paper to pack your things; newspaper leaves print over everything!”
5. Pack an essentials box
“This is so you have all the items you’ll need for the first night, such as your linen, any medications, a kettle and food staples,” says Elizabeth.