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Moving Out? 30 Packaging Tips

by Emma Watson 3 months ago in list

Moving House Packing Tips

Moving makes you realize just how much stuff you own and how much you use. A lot of work goes into packing up all your belongings and moving to a new house. For this purpose first, you need to have the best quality boxes or cartons like custom mailer boxes which ensure the safety of your belongings. To save you time and stress during your move, I have compiled my packing and shifting tips. Here are plenty of moving home tips and tricks to make the process easier.


No rule says you have to make the move yourself or book a removalist. It's your decision. Packing is still required. My husband and I hired removalists as we had so much stuff and we both have bad backs, it was too much of a task for either of us.


Would you like to minimize the stress of your next move? Investing some time in planning now can save you lots of trouble the day before you move since you'll be too busy to think about all the other little details. We have created this moving planner to help you get organized - with sections for managing moving checklists, planning moving dates, planning room layouts, finding the best packaging boxes as custom mailer boxes, and many more, you'll find everything you need to reduce stress and be prepared for moving day. I have a Moving Home Planner with a 6-week countdown checklist available for download right now, so you can begin planning your move immediately!

Designed a moving caddy so I wouldn't have to search for everything all the time. This way the kids would know where to return everything when they were done with it.

• Box tape - for packing.

• Labels - colored paper.

• Paper easily tears when using a ruler.

• Labeling with sharpies.

• Cut with scissors.

• Stainless-steel knife.

1 - Book your removalist when you know you are moving, book your removalist as soon as possible. In the case of many companies, you should schedule your event well in advance as they are prone to booking quickly. If you are planning an interstate move or plan to move from September to December, this is especially important. A good moving company can be found and booked online through Mural's service.

2- Local moves: You will be charged per half hour for local moves (moving less than 100km), as the truckloads and unloads your belongings takes around half an hour to accomplish. The time it takes to complete your move will be extended if there are access challenges like no parking nearby or multiple flights of stairs. Fortunately, half-hourly pricing comes with many practical suggestions for speeding things up and lowering costs - you can find these useful tips later in the article! Depending on the age of the suburbs, some older neighborhoods can have narrow streets that restrict truck access.

Make sure that you discuss this well in advance with the moving company, since you don't want any unpleasant surprises on moving day.

3-Moving interstate: You will have to pay for your interstate move according to the amount of space your belongings occupy in the truck or container and where you are moving.

4 - Gather boxes – Boxes for moving can be found at your local storage shed and hardware store. I bought my boxes from Bunnings as they were the cheapest. It is advantageous to purchase these items from Bunnings because you can return them if you don't use them.

5 - Purchase used boxes – You can find used boxes on Gumtree or Facebook buy and sell groups where you can save money.

6 - Purge as you pack –Packing presents the opportunity to purge items that no longer serve you. Don't bring clutter into the new house by selling, donating, or throwing away things you no longer need. Do not unpack or unsell any boxes that aren't going to be sold or donated before you move.

7-Color code the boxes – Identify rooms by color-coding the boxes so they are easily recognizable. During my last trip to Officeworks, I picked up some A4 packs. Moving home has never been easier with these packing tips. Save time and frustration by reading these moving tips. For color-coding each room, I created an excel template on my computer. There are many tips and tricks to help simplify moving, save time, and reduce frustration when moving.

8-Label each box – Label every box - on the top and sides of every box, note the box's room and contents. In stacked boxes, you can easily identify what's inside by labeling the sides. Here are a bunch of tips on packing and moving to help make the process easier and more convenient.

9-Rate each box – R The priority of each box should be determined by the star or number that you give it. If needed, it can take up to a few weeks to assign 3 stars to high ratings and 1 star to low ratings.

10-Place boxes incorrect room – Make sure that the removalists place boxes in the correct room - this will make the process of unpacking much easier. You'll find lots of packing and moving tips to help you move home more smoothly.

11-Donot write valuables on the box – You never know what can happen when you write valuables on a box - we want to trust those who are helping us move, but you never know. Giving the box of valuables a codename eg: custom mailer boxes so the removalists don't broadcast its contents is a good idea.

12-Roll up jewelry – Rolling up jewelry - place jewelry onto a bath towel, fold over each edge, then roll up the towel to prevent necklaces from becoming tangled. Moving home can be a challenge, but there are plenty of tips to help make it easier.

13-Keep it light – Make the boxes as light as you can; it's easy to fill them up, but you do not want the bottoms to break.

14-Where to start? – What should we do first? Prepare the kitchen by packing heavy items at the bottom of a few boxes, and fill these boxes with lighter items.

15-Wrap breakables – Put breakables in cloth bags and wrap them with tablecloths, tea towels, and/or towels.

16-Wrap glasses – Socks can be wrapped around glasses to protect them

17-Wrap artwork and/or large items – Doonas, quilts, blankets, etc., can be used to wrap artwork and large items.

18-Use pillows etc – Cushion items with pillows, cushions, or stuffed animals. They keep items from breaking and keep them nice and padded. To avoid dismantling and transporting the kid's legos as a whole, I put them among our cushions.

19-Prevent plates from breaking – Try wrapping individual plates to avoid breaking them, and sit plastic plates in between them. If you don't have any paper, wrap the plates separately. Dinner that night was served on plastic plates since we didn't want to wash dishes.

20-Remember display placement – Make sure you take photos of display cabinets so you can arrange them when you move.

21-Remember where cables go – It is easy to reconnect electronics cables at a new house if you take photos of how they are connected.

22- Does not lose screws – Make sure screws are not lost. After removing screws from items, place them in a Ziploc bag and tape them to the piece of furniture where they belong so they are never lost again.

23-Keep boxes organized – Organize the contents of boxes by using plastic grocery bags. E.g. Organize items from your bedside table drawer into bag 1, and label their top drawer. Pack 2 contains items from the next drawer. It will make unpacking and placing the items back in the drawers much easier. I use it in the office as well.

24-Tape cables to electronics – You should tape cables or cords to electronics - this prevents confusion about which cables belong to which electronic. I prefer to use the bottom because in case the tape leaves sticky marks, you don't have to worry about that so much.

25-Fill nail holes – Wall nail holes can be filled with white soap.

26-Eat from your fridge and pantry – Use up the food in your fridge and pantry before you move - don't do big grocery shopping before moving, if you do then you can use Kraft mailer boxes They are strong enough to carry a load. Plan your meals based on what you have in your fridge and pantry.

Wrap clothes in a bin liner instead of taking them off their hangers - this allows for easy transport. The bottoms should be wrapped to prevent clothes from being lost.

27-Kids toy boxes – Plastic bags or plastic wrap can be used to wrap small-medium size toy boxes to prevent the contents from falling out, allowing you to unpack into another box.

28-Think outside the box – Consider packing items in baskets, hampers, or suitcases.

29-Place heavy items in a suitcase – If you need to transport heavy items, place them in suitcases. Books are easier to roll than to lift.

30-Remove light bulbs – Avoid breaking light bulbs during the move by removing them.


Emma Watson

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