Moving and Packing TipsMoving Made Easy: 8 Ways to Save Space When Packing
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Moving to a new place comes with a great level of excitement about starting a new phase in your life. On the other hand, it also comes with its fair share of anxiety about the packing and moving process itself. If you think about everything you have to do all at once, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed—happens to the best of us! That’s why you need to focus on particular steps and timelines.
Starting to pack from 6 weeks to 2 months before the move could be considered as the perfect time. It still depends on the size of your home and belongings in it. The 2 months period is ideal when moving out from a bigger family house, while 6 weeks is more suitable for packing a small apartment. In all cases, 1 month is the minimum timeframe.
Let’s see what else you need to know if you’re wondering when to start packing for a move and how to do it with ease.
There are a few important factors that could influence your packing strategy and decision on when to start packing for a move in the UK. Check them out below.
Whether you’re moving locally or overseas directly affects when you should consider starting to pack the house. The type of move affects your overall strategy when packing items, which essentially affects the time it will take you to get the job done.
Overseas or international moving is a more complex move, so extra time is needed to pack before the move.
The size of your house or apartment is a very important factor, since we’ve already established that a larger home means more rooms to cover and more stuff to pack. Make a list of the number of rooms that need to be packed and you’ll have an idea of the timeline you need to finish all of them.
On average, 1 whole day is enough to pack 1 room but that depends on the amount of belongings inside the room which is the next important factor.
Keep in mind the amount of belongings around the house before deciding when you should start packing to move. There’s usually a lot of stuff in the kitchen or within large wardrobes and storage rooms, for example. These will take extra time, as they are the hardest areas to pack.
Furthermore, maybe the kids’ rooms have various toys and stationary that need to be neatly packed, which takes a lot of time, too. This also stands true for large furniture and appliances, whose packing and disassembling can be a pain; they require some time to do it right and avoid any damage during the move.
Although optional, decluttering may prove a necessary step to take before packing since it allows you to significantly reduce the amount of belongings to pack and subsequent moving costs. Feel free to either donate, sell, or throw away things you don’t need.
Still, if you have decluttered the house recently, then you’re probably good to go. However, if you haven’t done it in a long time, it is wise to make some time for it in your plan. This is your chance to leave all the extra and unnecessary stuff behind and start fresh.
How busy you are on daily basis is a very crucial factor to consider as well. If you have a very busy schedule, you will need to plan carefully when to squeeze in time for decluttering, packing, etc.
Try and make note of your work schedule or your personal/family commitments for the months prior to the move out that might affect your timeline. This way you won’t find yourself falling behind before moving day.
Besides, this will also determine if you can do the whole packing and moving yourself or you will need to recruit friends, family, or a professional packing service to get it all done on time.
With an estimate of what needs to be packed, you will have an idea of the number of boxes and other essential packing supplies you’ll need to get in advance, too. If you don’t already have them, make sure to take the time to find sturdy supplies to buy.
Here’s an average breakdown of the number of boxes you may need based on a size of a property:
Of course, these numbers may vary, depending on the factors we mentioned in the beginning of the article. The golden rule is that it’s best to overestimate the number of packing supplies you need to avoid many trips during the packing process, scrambling for more supplies and losing valuable time.
Are you moving to a nearby place or across the country to a different area? Or are you moving to another country altogether? These scenarios make your packing timeline different accordingly. Check the following guide for an average estimate of when to start packing before moving house for each one.
If you’re moving house within the same city or across the country to a different area, consider the below steps and timeline before moving day:
Moving to another country has its own set of challenges you should take into consideration when deciding when to pack up the house. Here’s an average timeline for an international move:
Now that you have an idea of an average packing timeline for your move, it’s easy to wonder where to actually start. You have a lot of things you want to pack, so here’s a simple guideline to avoid feeling too overwhelmed:
Think only about items you have hanging on the wall, decorations that you can pack early, books and magazines, items that are already stored away in wardrobes, clothes that are out of season, and any kitchenware not used every day.
This process doesn’t have to be a pain. An effective low-budget method to pack hanged clothes is using draw-string trash bags to cover them during transit. Put the clothes inside a large-sized bag while holding on to the hangers and simply close it off around the hanger’s hooks with the string.
If you cannot get a hold of those with strings, use a normal trash bag and cut a small hole at the bottom. Then cover the hanged clothing item and slip the hook in the hole you created.
On the other hand, it’s time to get a bit creative with the way you choose to pack folded clothes. First, you need to sort them all out according to type. For items such as dress shirts and sweaters, the traditional folding method will do. However, make sure you maximise on the space inside the moving box by making sure your fold is as neat as possible.
With casual clothes (T-shirts, jeans, etc.), you need to consider the rolling method in which they will be very tightly rolled to maximise on space as much as possible.
Furthermore, another popular option is using vacuum or compression bags. Vacuum-sealed bags are great to save space. Simply fold and stack any bulky clothes inside the bags and follow the provided instructions to suck the air out. You don’t have to use them on every item of clothing you have, yet they are perfect for winter clothes.
There are various types of liquids around the house that will need to be packed in the right way to avoid the nightmare of having something spilled everywhere. Here are a few pointers:
Take your time to pack glass properly and anything breakable. You’ll be grateful for it later. There are several materials you can use depending on what items you are packing.
Make sure to pay extra attention to the bottom of a moving box that contains breakable items. You can use tape to seal it more firmly and use a towel or piece of cloth to pad the bottom from the inside as well.
Each box needs to be labelled with what’s inside and the room it belongs to. This will help you out tremendously when unpacking.
Make sure your valuables and important documents are put aside and placed in the bags that you will have with you while travelling.
Depending on the complexity of the move, you should decide how you’ll be moving your things. Professional movers can save you time and stress during the whole process, especially if your schedule is too tight and you have a lot of belongings to take care of. Going at it yourself is perfect if you’re moving nearby.
We can provide packing supplies, prepare your belongings and transport them.