Tips For Moving House Efficiently: How to Pack for Moving House.
Continuing with our Tips For Moving House Efficiently articles, part 2 covers what actions to take in order to act efficiently. In case you missed part 1, you can read it here. So let’s have a look at how to move house efficiently!
Make an Inventory List
Lists are extremely helpful if you have a large collection of books, collectables, etc. Try to be as specific as possible when writing the lists, as well as when writing the labels, creating a detailed inventory. Create and online spreadsheet using Google, so you can access it on the go, and make notes when you need to.
Start with Rooms and Items That Are Not Used Everyday
You can start by tackling the rooms on the highest floor, and then move your way towards the bottom floors. Seasonal items you’re currently not using such as garden furniture and tools, coats, and Christmas decorations, are perfect examples of items you can pack before you handle everything else.
Begin Packing Well in Advance
The average time it takes to pack all of your items depends mainly on how much you have. However, you should start the process as early as possible. For a large house, two months should be enough if you pack one box a day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine. Of course, these are just guidelines suggestions, just so you don’t put yourself under pressure. And if you need packing supplies, you can easily find them at Elephant Box Shop.
Pack Light Boxes
It’s important not to exceed the limit of 30 pounds per box when you are packing. If you are moving abroad, there are limits on weight per box, so keep this in mind and check what the limit is on where you are going to. Also, overfilling boxes can damage its contents. Another note on heavy boxes, it’s the likelihood of back injuries. Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes. This packing tip alone will save you a great deal of pain (literally!).
Roll Your Clothes to Save Space
Frequent traveler what is the best way to store your clothes and most of them will agree that rolling them is most practical. This is way easier than following any guide on how to fold your clothes properly. Plus, rolling reduces the amount of space they take and wrinkles are less likely to appear, So you can store more clothes in one box and not worry about ironing them before you put them back in your wardrobe.
De-clutter and Store, or Donate or Sell
Sorting through already packed items makes it easier to set aside the boxes you’re taking with you and the ones you are planning to give away.
After packing your belongings, it’s time to decide what you are keeping and what you are getting rid of. For all the packed boxes you’ve decided to keep, you must plan in advance where they are going to ‘live’ until you move, or, once you have moved. If in the middle of a moving process you find yourself without the room for the transitioning items, self storage comes in as a handy and affordable solution.
At Elephant Self Storage we have small lockers, declutter storage lockers, walk-in wardrobe style units, and units to store your furniture and household items. And if you have ordered new furniture for your new home, you can also get them delivered and stored at Elephant Storage Units, without lifting a finger (literally)! We receive your goods and store them for you until you are ready to have them!
Moving on: Now that you know what you are keeping, it’s time to donate or sell your goods. You can easily find your nearest local charity shop, or place a sales ad on social media pages and groups. E-bay is also an easy solution when it comes to selling goods online.
If you wish to find out about storage sizes and prices, click below and have a look at the storage options and solutions by Elephant Self Storage!
Happy packing and happy moving!