Relocation is an experience filled with both enjoyable and unpleasant events. Hunting for a house, when accompanied by the stress of vacating your current home is an interesting process. Similarly, shopping for new furniture or planning renovations, though tedious, are quite fun activities. On the other hand, moving has its fair share of difficulties as well. Making arrangements for the move, getting all the paperwork sorted out, and settling down in a brand new place are all things no one wants to deal with.
Another such task is packing up all your belongings. This is a process which uses up your mental and physical strength, leaving you tired before the actual move. However, with the right approach, it can still be managed in a systematic and satisfactory manner. The time to pack up your house varies depending on several factors such as size, how much time you have available to focus on the packing and if you’re getting professional help. To have the best experience, there are some steps you can take before you embark on this tough, yet rewarding journey.
Make a List
Before beginning any project, the best thing to do is to note everything down. You should make a list all the household items you currently have. Doing that may become quite difficult so you can divide your belongings into broader categories such as items in the living room, dining room, bedrooms, etc. You could also simply write clothes, books, cutlery, and so on. Whichever method you choose, make sure it is one you are comfortable with and one that doesn’t take too much time. Often, people tend to spend too much time planning the packing, instead of actually doing it.
Decide What to Do with Your Belongings
When you get around to the packing, you will be shocked at just how many unnecessary things you’ll find lying around your house. Many things will be old or unused – taking them along to the new house is probably an idea you should drop. Instead, try and get rid of them as you come across them. You can donate them or hold a garage sale to remove them from your life. Before you start packing, be sure you know which things you want to take along and what you wish to leave behind. Another avenue you might want to explore is keeping certain belongings, which you don’t need right now but might in the future, safe in storage warehouses.
Allocate the Correct Amount of Time to Packing
Assessing the size of your house and how many belongings you have will give you a clearer idea of how much time you need to spend on packing. A one- or two-bedroom apartment might not take more than a day or two to wrap up, but anything bigger than that will take a lot longer. Regardless of whether you’re hiring professionals or managing the packing on your own, decide on when you need to be done by. If you are tackling it on your own, the preferred method will depend on your ease and commitment. It may be better for you to pack over some weeks where you invest a small amount of time every day or opt to spend all your time packing, some days before the move.
Arrange for Packing Supplies
Spending money on packing material isn’t always necessary. A lot of the time, you can find what you need at the local grocery store. Save time by stocking up on as many storage containers/boxes as you might need – having to stop to get supplies when you’re in the flow, during the move, will slow you down immensely. Other than that, save newspapers, pieces of cloth and any bubble wrap you come across to pack your fragile items in to avoid breakage. Oftentimes, professional movers provide you with all these necessities, so consider that before you begin.
If you are pressed for time prior to your move, find help! This could be in the shape of your family and friends who can be called upon to sacrifice their day to get the job done quickly. Alternately, you can go for professional movers who, instead of just transporting your belongings to the new house, will pack and unpack all your things, thus saving you a huge amount of time.
These steps can help a great deal in packing the items you wish to take to your new home and getting rid of the ones you no longer need!