Moving into a new home is a big deal. You have to collect everything you own, and move it, so I’ve come up with some moving house tips.
Whether you move 2 miles or 302 miles, you still have to pack your belongings up, get it in the car/van, and then unpack it at the other end. It can cause a lot of upheaval, and can take weeks to get everything organised and as you want it.
I’m moving house this weekend, because all the flooring is in! and wanted to share some moving house tips for other first-time movers.
You’ve got 30 boxes ready? Buy 30 more
You’ll be AMAZED how many boxes you need. If you don’t want your belongings to get squashed, or subsequently pack a box that no-one can pick up, you’ll need a lot more boxes than you could imagine.
Some heavier items, such as books, should take up half a box. Consider packing the other half with a throw, or clothes. The box is then full, but with a combination of light and heavy things.
I tend to use plastic storage boxes more than cardboard ones. They’re also great for storing under the bed and in the wardrobe after you’ve moved as well, so they’re an investment instead of a use-once box.
Clean your new house thoroughly
You might thinking that packing and moving everything over is more of a priority. But there’s nothing worse than coming to unpack, and you’re slowed down because you haven’t cleaned inside the kitchen cupboards. Or you come to put clothes in the wardrobe, and find some dead moths. Clean all the cupboards and storage spaces out before you move everything. It means you can bang things straight in there without worrying about how dirty it is.
Obviously this isn’t always doable. If you’ve just had the keys that day and need to move out of your other house because of an ongoing chain, you have no choice but to clean and unpack in one go. In this case, maybe ask a relative (hi Mum) to get started on the cleaning whilst you pack up the van at the old place.
Keep back an ‘Urgent’ box
You should have one box that contains things you’ll need straightaway/that first night. Think about tea bags, milk, pyjamas, a couple of mugs, a kettle, maybe some champers to celebrate. Think about products too: toothpaste and a toothbrush, makeup remover, deodorant for the next morning. There’s nothing worse than sifting through box after box just to find some shampoo for the shower you’re desperate to have. This will just make more mess
Make Your Bed Straight Away
This is a tip that I will definitely be doing. You’ve been unpacking for four hours, you’ve had your final cup of tea, and now you’re heading to bed. But wait. Where’s your duvet and pillows? And where is your duvet cover? You now spend the next hour working through the boxes you haven’t unpacked, just so you can make your bed up. NOPE.
Keep a spare duvet cover and pillowcases in your ‘Urgent’ box, and make them up as soon as you get in. This means, when you’ve unpacked, you can collapse in a heap and go straight to sleep.
Label your boxes by room or object
When you first load the van, put boxes in first and furniture in last. When you arrive at your destination, the furniture comes out first and is all built. Then the boxes are taken out. If you’ve labelled them, put each box in the room it’s labelled with. This means you can unpack logically, one room at a time, and takes much less time.
THINK ABOUT USING SELF STORAGE
Using a secure storage unit when moving house is beneficial for people who have lots of things but may not have the time or resources to move items all in one go. You can keep non-urgent, large, or awkward items there for just a few days, or even months, with peace of mind that they’ll be kept clean, dry and safe until you want to move them into your new home!
There are probably loads more moving house tips that I haven’t thought of (or can’t fit into one post without boring you all) but I’d say these are the most important.
Have you got any moving house tips you can add to my list? I’d love to hear them!