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How To: Declutter Whilst Packing for the Move

When you are preparing to move homes, there may be an urge to move all of the contents in your household.

However, you must bear in mind that the more the take with you, the more time you will spend packing and unpacking your belongings, plus, in a majority of cases you won’t need a lot of the things you are packing when you arrive at your new home. It is beneficial to factor in time to go through each of the rooms in your house and run through what you do and don’t need.

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Packing tips

Moving is an exciting time, the day getting closer and you need to start packing all of your belongings.

By thinking ahead prior to beginning the process packing all of your possessions, and encountering problems such as shortage of boxes etc. you’ll be able to reduce the possibility of any forgotten items.

Before beginning

Instead of leaving everything till the last minute, consider what won’t need to be taken with you, what will need to be packed with care and that you have a cover for potential breakages.

– Prioritise items on your packing list
– Set aside time to clear-out unwanted/unused belongings
– Calculate the amount of boxes you will need and the variety of sizes, these will be needed well in advance to packing
– Obtain sealing and protective materials such as bubble wrap, tape, newspaper to line boxes etc.
– Refrain from the habit of overfilling large boxes; they do not need to be packed to the brim because they are large – they will be rather heavy and difficult to move
– Ensure that all of your boxes used for packing aren’t damaged or soiled (corrugated cardboard boxes will be sturdier than regular boxes)
– Check if your contents insurance covers any damages and breakages that may happen during the move
– Separate hazardous materials i.e. paint, bleach etc. into another box

Thinking ahead

Know that on the day of arrival to your house you will not be able to unpack everything, thus it worth the time to pack belongings that you will need immediate access to once you’re in your new home.

– Pack any essentials in a clear container, such as coffee, snacks, cups, tea and a kettle
– Pack an overnight bag for each member of the family containing toiletries and a change of clothes etc.
– Always keep important documents, medication and a first-aid kit on you at all times
– The boxes containing the items you need the least can be loaded first

Packing sensibly

Take time to consider how you will be packing your items, the wrapping and dismantling of furniture – books will be the easiest to pack, however they will be heavy.

– Begin early as packing will take much longer than expected
– Start at the top of the house and make your way down; if you have an attic, begin there
– Pack the heavier items in smaller boxes as it will be more convenient when transporting them
– Label your boxes as you move from room to room, also the fragile items, and pack one room at a time
– Group the boxes that belong to the same room together
– Stick to packing the heaviest items towards the bottom of the box and the lighter items towards the top
– Wrap each item individually before placing them in a lined box with newspaper and bubble wrap
– Breakable items should be wrapped in bubble wrap
– Store important documents such as birth certificates etc. and keep them on you at all times

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