The Ultimate Moving Home Checklist With Simple Packing Tips

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Moving home and packing boxes can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. By planning everything and taking the right steps to pack up your belongings properly could help you save time and money. We are here to make the process as easy and affordable as possible with these simple but handy moving and packing tips.

Decluttering Tips When Moving Home

Decluttering and packing can be rather time-consuming and it’s easy to get lost in the process spending hours upon hours doing all the wrong things. Before you know it, you’re scrubbing down your kitchen, sorting through your cupboards and garage all day where you should be focused on decluttering and packing properly.

When moving home, people often get distracted by sentimental clutter and other old belongings. So, to be more organised when decluttering, do the following:

  • Create an action plan and set completion dates
  • Declutter one room at a time
  • Start with smaller, simpler tasks
  • Clear a space and organise everything by category
  • Create different piles for items you wish to “keep”, “donate”, “toss” or “store”
  • Be vigilant when it comes to sentimental items

Related: ‘Decluttering Tips For A Properly Good Clean Out’

Choose The Right Packing Supplies

When packing for a move, a smart way to approach it is to first gather all the necessary moving supplies. From there, follow the tips in the previous section and systematically clear your home room-by-room until everything is done. Here are the most important moving supplies you’ll need:

  • Packing boxes of all sizes but make sure they are in good condition
  • Bubble wrap and special packing paper to protect your belongings during transport and storage. Why not try Facebook Marketplace?
  • Dollies to move heavier items or multiple boxes at once
  • Furniture pads/moving blankets to help cushion your belongings
  • Lifting straps to distribute weight more evenly when moving heavy appliances
  • Cargo or safety straps to keep things in place during transit
  • Trailer (if the van or lorry is not enough)
  • A ramp to help with loading and unloading
  • Gloves to protect your hands and give better grip for carrying boxes

Be Organised When Planning Your Move

To avoid last-minute packing, think about what you can pack in advance starting with clearing your wardrobes, shelves and cupboards of items that you don’t regularly use. The best way of doing this is to pack a little bit at a time in the weeks leading up to your move.

Also, think about the items you can’t pack yet, but will need with you on moving day. This includes things such as medication, a kettle, cups, cutlery, tea, coffee, school uniform, pet essentials and important documents and contact numbers.

Read more about how to pack an essentials box when moving home but for now, let’s looks at some expert packing tips you can’t go without.

Packing Tips When Moving Home

Every room in the house needs a certain approach but the most important consideration is to use high quality, strong packing boxes. If you are re-using old boxes, make sure they can hold weight and remember to cover any old labels so you don’t get confused about the contents. When packing up your kitchen, do the following:

  • Roll up all your items in wrapping paper and place them in a moving box
  • Use knife protectors for sharper knives to avoid injury
  • Use bubble wrap when packing glasses and place them with the widest part facing down
  • Reinforce any box but don’t overload them and label anything breakable as ‘fragile’
  • Stack pots and pans but put bubble wrap or packing paper in between especially if there is a non-stick coating
  • When packing plates, spread the load evenly over a few boxes to make it easier (and safer) to carry and transport

Packing Tips For The Bedroom

  • Save time by making use of a wardrobe box that will help you move your hanging clothes more easily. Check with your removals company if you can get it from them
  • When breaking down furniture, keep all screws and bolts together in a small plastic bag and tape it to a piece of the furniture
  • Wrap your mattress in a dust sheet, old blanket or stretch wrap to protect it
  • Put all your valuables in a container which you can keep on you at all times
  • Keep all the bedding and pillows clean by placing them in rubbish bags to keep out dust and place them in labelled moving boxes
  • If you have a home office, pack important files or documents in a safe or locked file box

How To Pack Your Living Room

  • If you’re disassembling cabinets, bookcases or tables, lay something on the floor to protect it from scratches
  • When moving your TV or other technology, use the original box it came in if possible otherwise wrap it as securely as you can
  • Unless you know exactly how to connect everything at the new house, take photos of how your appliances are connected before unplugging anything
  • If you want to move potted house plants, check with the removals company as some don’t transport it due to the potential mess
  • If you are transporting potted plants, place them in a plastic container and stuff the edges to support the plant and ensure nothing moves around
  • Remove lightbulbs and lampshades, store them in boxes, and cushion everything carefully
  • Discuss with the removals company if they have any special storage or packaging materials that may be helpful

Packing Tips For The Bathroom

  • Remove any out of date medication
  • Try to use the remaining cleaning supplies as most removals companies won’t transport half-empty bottles of bleach or chemicals that might leak
  • Pack linen and towels and use them to wrap delicate items
  • Pack toiletries together in a sturdy box and make sure everyone has easy access to them
  • Leave out enough towels for your family to use at the new house so put them in your moving home survival kit or essentials box
  • Organise towels, soap, toilet paper and other goodies for each bathroom in your new home

How To Pack Up Your Shed Or Garage

  • Clean all tools and drain your equipment before packing and transporting
  • Keep any sharp tools in a clearly labelled box or solid toolbox
  • Make sure you keep the necessary tools to assemble your furniture close at hand
  • You cannot transport or store fertilisers and hazardous substances so make sure you dispose of these appropriately
  • Previously opened paint tins might spill so many removal companies won’t take that either. Make sure to recycle empty pots or donate half-used paint pots to charity
  • If you have a bicycle, use a bike rack on your car for safe transport

Self Storage For Moving Home

Many of our customers use short-term self storage when moving home as it’s affordable, convenient and safe. Whether it’s for furniture, toys, tools, clothes, documents, bicycles or vehicles, Space Centre has a wide selection of ground floor and first-floor units. Some have drive-up access to make loading and unloading that much easier.

Our staff are friendly, experienced and always ready to help wherever they can. With conveniently located storage facilities in BristolStroudGloucester and Stonehouse, we have you covered. We also offer FREE storage insurance up to £3000 where you can use our provider or your own.

Download our Price And Size Guide from the website where you will also see a visual illustration of how much storage space you may need. If you need more information, please give us a call or get in touch via the website.

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Mark Dangerfield

About Mark Dangerfield

Mark started his career in precision engineering before establishing Space Centre Self Storage in 1995 with his father Paul. The company started in Stroud with just a handful of storage units and has now expanded to include three branches and over 800 individual units in Gloucestershire & North Bristol. Mark's great grandfather started a Stroud based removal company J H Dangerfield & Son in 1900, and the family have been in the industry ever since. With storage facilities in Gloucester, Stroud and Bristol, Mark has a wealth of experience and is passionate about providing local affordable, quality self storage