Though in theory the idea of packing a few boxes shouldn’t be too hard, if you’ve not moved house many times over the course of your life it can be surprisingly difficult to figure out the best way to put your boxes together in order to create an effective system for when the removal vans come rolling down the road.
Though you, of course, want the removals process to be as quick and painless as possible, at the end of the day your key objective is to get all of your possessions from your current house to your new home in one piece. When searching for house removals firms online, take note of the professionalism of the service as much as the price. After all – it may be you packing the boxes but it’ll be your removal service workers who are handling them. To help you out with your side of the bargain, take note of the following three tips for packing boxes efficiently for your move:
Always Pack Heavier Items at the Bottom
It sounds obvious, but so few people stick to this rule, and the consequences of not doing so can be incredibly painful, both for your possessions and your back.
When you pack heavier items in the bottom of your boxes you’re giving the box a solid foundation in which to hold the rest of your possessions once you fill it up. This not only helps to give greater structure to your boxes (flimsy boxes are incredibly difficult to carry, after all), it also helps to protect each item within the box – as no item will ever have a heavier item above it – and it provides greater support for your back when it comes to picking up your boxes.
Most of us know that we must pick up heavy items with our knees, but this can become a whole lot more difficult if the weight of a packed box you’re attempting to pick up is distributed poorly. When you pick up a box with your knees from the bottom, everything will sit happy in both the box, and your back.
Make Your Socks and Scarves Work for You
Some of the most underutilised items in creating protective padding for your storage boxes before a big house move are your socks, scarves, and even your underwear.
Even if you’ve placed heavy items into the bottom of your boxes, working your way up so only the very lightest items are on top, you’re still going to have the issue of these items hitting against each other, which can cause just as much damage to them as having larger items above them can. For this reason, placing your socks, scarves, and underwear between these gaps is a great way to protect items from hitting against each other, without taking up space with protective padding… just make sure you leave some socks and underwear to place into your essentials box (see below) before taping everything up!
Make an Essentials Box
An essentials box (or a number of essentials boxes) is a box that contains all the essential items you’re going to need for the last few nights you spend in your current house before you move, and the first few nights you spend in your new home.
Though what you personally consider to be ‘essential’ will vary depending on your needs, below are a number of items that most of us can agree on the necessity of having from the moment we move into our new home, such as:
- Enough cutlery, plates, and cups for each member of the household.
- Bathroom essentials, including toilet paper.
- Scissors or a craft knife to open the remaining boxes with.
- Pet dishes and food, if you have pets.
- Washing up liquid, sponges, and tea towels.
- Torches, candles, and matches.
In conclusion, though in theory the idea of packing a few boxes shouldn’t be too hard, if you’ve not moved house many times over the course of your life it can be surprisingly difficult to figure out the best way to put your boxes together in order to create an effective system.
Madeline Varley is a freelance writer for LondonMoves, a reliable provider of services for office and house removals in London and the rest of the UK. A company that aims to make their clients’ relocations a pleasure.