Boxes, boxes and more boxes……these are most important for your move. Ask for empty boxes at your local supermarket and tell all your friends to save any decent sized, or good quality boxes (the sturdier the better) for your move. Flat pack these boxes in your ‘central point of packing’ for use as you need them. Obviously if you have already accepted a quotation from your chosen removals company, then you can request to have boxes delivered to you at a convenient date for you – ahead of the moving day. It should be noted that some companies charge a deposit for delivering boxes ahead of the move, although you’ll probably find that most removals companies offer the deposit to be refunded once these have been returned to them. Most removal companies are happy to come and collect the used boxes if you contact them once you have unpacked at your new property.
Even if your removal company are doing most of the packing on your behalf, you may decide you want to make a head start on certain things and if that’s the case, then you’ll need to be organised! Make a computer generated list of numbers, with enough space next to each number to describe box contents or simply use your notepad and hand-write the same kind of list. Each box number (written on the box itself) should then correspond with the same number on your list. You can provide this list to your removals company if they are doing the remainder of the packing for you and they will then continue the list in the same manner as they pack the remaining items. There are always things you can pack ahead if you plan well – if it’s Summer, get your winter clothes packed and out of the way or vice-versa.
Use wardrobe boxes to their full advantage – any long tubular items could be packed into these boxes, like brooms and mops – with broom heads and mop heads protected by an old carrier bag being taped over the top to avoid marking your clothes. Other ideas could be to pack shoes in carrier bags (again to protect the other contents in the wardrobe box) or shoes inside their shoe boxes, jumpers and tops (these would also stop items moving around so much inside the wardrobe box and therefore protect the contents) or anything else you could think of to save space. The items should of course not be too heavy however, you wouldn’t want to pack your dumbbells or weights into the bottom of a wardrobe carton for instance!!
Keep things together. Try to keep light bulbs with lamps, extension cords with appliances and tape small parts onto the respective objects (for instance small brackets taped to a bookshelf, or screws to a dismantled bed or cot). That way nothing important is going to get lost when it is most needed.