You’re building a new house and you’re dreaming about all the new furniture you want to buy, what colour you’ll paint the walls, and how you’ll landscape the garden, right? But before all of that, as your settlement date looms, you still have to pack up your existing home, organise utilities to be switched over, and a million other little things – there’s so much to organise! But it doesn’t have to be a chaotic, stressful event. If you have a plan and give yourself plenty of time to arrange things, moving home can go smoothly and you can settle in your new home without a flurry of stress and anxiety. The first step? Packing!
Packing is always the top of everyone’s list. It’s a daunting task, and it’s by far the biggest undertaking of moving house. Approach it logically and methodically, and you’ll be able to move into your new home feeling organised and stress-free. We have some tips and tricks to make it a breeze.
- – First up, take the opportunity to do a big clean out! Old clothes, homewares, and electrical gadgets that haven’t been used can all be disposed of or donated, making your load lighter than before.
- – Invest in packing tape dispensers, bubble wrap, and moving boxes. Keep an eye out at your local hardware store, on neighbourhood social media groups, or even at work for used packing boxes and supplies to minimise waste. Reuse whatever you can, then pass it on to someone else when you’ve unpacked everything – moving boxes are expensive to buy!
- – Assess each room and plan to pack room by room. Start with the least used room first, perhaps the study, or spare room, then work your way forward to packing the most frequently used rooms closer to your moving date.
- – Borrow suitcases from friends and family to pack your clothes in. Pack seasonally – if you move in Summer, pack all your Winter clothes first, or vice versa. That way you don’t have to unpack everything all at once, just what you need immediately.
- – Leave out three or four days’ worth of outfits for each family member to put in an overnight bag, along with basic toiletries. This will come in handy if you’re moving interstate and your wardrobe is stuck on a moving van for a couple of days, or you don’t have time to unpack your clothes in the first few days after moving in.
- – When packing up kids’ rooms, pack some books and toys in a bag so they have something to play with for the first few days until you’ve fully unpacked their things. That way there won’t be too many cries of boredom while their toys are still in boxes!
- – Pack up your kitchen last. As it’s the most frequently used room in the home, leave yourself some time in the days before you move to pack it up, making sure to bubble wrap all the breakables.
- – You can still pack up kitchen items that aren’t frequently used in the meantime. Things like large platters, excess wine and champagne glasses, and anything else you won’t be using in the weeks before you move.
Time to Unpack
- – Having every box labelled with as much detail as possible will make unpacking smooth sailing. Instead of just labelling something “kitchen” try to add specifics like “platters and salad bowls”, or “wine glasses and bar items.” This saves you time unpacking – instead of going through box after box to find plates and cups, you can see which box you need to unpack straight away.
- – Once you’ve arrived at your new home, stick signs on the doors of each room indicating which boxes belong in there. This will save the movers from having to ask you repeatedly which box goes in which room.
- – If there’s anything you definitely don’t need immediately, and you have a garage, pop those boxes in there. Less boxes in the house equals less clutter and less stress for you when the seemingly unending task of unpacking becomes overwhelming. Those boxes can be tackled at a later date once you’re more settled.
Have you moved recently? If you’ve got any packing tips, we’d love to hear them!