One of the main reasons I’ve been really inactive with the blog the past month or so is because we’re moving!
We’ve been looking for a new house for a few months and we have finally got one, we will be getting the keys within the next two weeks which is plenty of time for Baby R to arrive too, so we can hopefully get his nursery set up which I will be doing a blog post on (if everything goes to plan!)
This is my second time, well, technically third time moving, but the first time I moved out didn’t really count as I only took personal belongings, no furniture.. and I have learned some things along the way so I thought I’d share my top 5 tips with you, to make moving less stressful and help you get more organised.
1. Pack the things you don’t need every day.
Most of the time, at least for me, I’ve known roughly when I’ll be moving so I have a week or two to prepare and get some things packed. What I like to do is pack things I don’t reach for that often, that way a lot of things end up being packed with minimal effort plus it won’t interfere with your everyday life, like you wouldn’t pack all of your kitchen things, but if there’s only two of you in the house (as there is with me) I packed all the plates, bowls and kitchen gadgets, but making sure I left two plates, two forks, two knives etc so that we could still eat and cook.
2. Free (or cheap) packing supplies.
Think about it, why would you want to pay for boxes and newspaper to move, when you’re only going to throw them out once you get to the new house. Ask around at your local supermarkets or bargain shops (B&M, Home Bargains etc) to see if they have any boxes you can take, most of them will be more than happy to help you out since they will just be going in the bin anyway.
Now with packing fragile things like glasses, I tend to just use newspaper and plastic bags. I’ll wrap the item, a wine glass for example, in the newspaper, place it in the box and fill out any gaps in the box with plastic bags and newspaper balls, I’ve not had an issue yet with anything breaking, so I don’t bother using bubble wrap.
3. Label, Label, Label!
The best thing you can do is label every single box with the room you want it in and if you want to go a step further you can label what’s in the box, e.g. Kitchen, Glasses and mugs, So that when it comes to unpacking if you need something specific you can just grab that box and get what you need without having to open 50 boxes to find one glass to get a drink of water!
Another great thing to do is either get the fragile tape or just write fragile on the boxes you need to be handled carefully and also draw arrows showing what way the box needs to be held to avoid any breakages.
4. Use your existing storage for packing.
I don’t know about you, but I have a few suitcases, holdalls and Ikea cube boxes which I can fill to hold stuff rather than having to get more boxes. I definitely think it’s worthwhile filling any bags you have already since it’s easier than having to store the suitcase or bag in a box. It just saves more time too!
5. Pack an overnight bag.
The best thing I’ve done this time is pack a bag to last me and my fiancé a day or two in the new house so that we don’t have to unpack loads of boxes the first day we get there since we’ll be busy decorating!
When I say pack an overnight bag I mean things like:
Change of clothes
Phone Chargers / Laptop Charger
Plus anything else you’d need day to day, it really helps you as you know where everything is with it being in one bag.
I’ve also made sure to keep my hospital bag and Baby R’s hospital bag separate, as well as my hospital notes just in case I end up needing to visit the hospital for any reason during the move.
And that’s it!
If you have any more moving tips to share, I’d love to hear!