Moving hacks

Written by Caitlin Costello in Moving House on January 19, 2017

Moving hacks

It has finally arrived: moving day! It’s all very exciting and fun until you think about the mammoth task ahead that is shifting all the countless boxes and bags of your possessions from one location to another. Moving house can be a stressful time, but with careful planning and organisation, you can help to reduce stress and make the experience run smoothly.

Here’s a few of our top hacks to help the day go without tears and tantrums.

Label, label and then label some more

Don’t just put a vague description on the outside of the box saying “my stuff”. It can be helpful to have a colour coded system. Coloured sticky notes are a great way to keep each room sorted: kitchen boxes blue, bedroom boxes red, etc. for an easy visual cue.

Have separate boxes for every room, number them if there are more than one, and keep a list (or spreadsheet if you’re tech savvy) of each and every item that’s inside, so that when you’re searching for the potato peeler on night number two you know which unpacked box to search for.

Become a professional wrapper

Forget bubble wrap, you have a whole host of materials at your hand to use to keep your breakables safe. We are talking about clothes of course! Using clothes to wrap glasses and fragile items helps to save on money and space – they need to be packed into the box in one way or another, may as well make them useful!

Start with the bathroom

Give it a serious clean from top to bottom before you start unpacking any boxes. Bonus if you can get this done before the moving van arrives. With your bathroom cleaned and prepped, you will have at least one space at the end of the long and tiring day to unwind in. Run yourself a hot bath and relax.

Messy makeup and troublesome toiletries

Place cotton balls on top of powder cosmetics to prevent them from cracking or spilling on the journey, and wrap the inside of creams and liquids with cling wrap before putting lids on to prevent leakage.

Sandwich bags for more than sandwiches

Keep ziplock bags handy for fiddly items like screws from the TV cabinet, batteries from the remote and any other miscellaneous bits and bobs. Be sure to label which item and room it came from to make things easier when unpacking.

Let it go

The stuff you don’t need, that is. Don’t try to convince yourself you will find a use for it in the new house, if you know you don’t need it, don’t bring it. Give it to friends or donate it to a charity, just whatever you do, don’t put it in the moving van!

Bag it up

Use garbage bags to package your clothing while they are still on their hangers. That way when you arrive you can simply rehang in one easy movement.

Pack the stuff you need first, last

Prepare a box of all the essentials you will be using as soon as you arrive and pack this box into the trailer, moving van or car last so that it is within easy reach when you arrive. Consider things like scissors, markers, pens, paper, rubbish bags, chargers and toilet paper.

Bring an overnight bag

Though you will probably have everything in your house by the end of moving day, it’s unlikely that you’ll have everything unpacked. Prepare for the mess and mayhem and pack an overnight bag with your basic needs like pyjamas, toothbrushes and toiletries. This will save you hunting through all the boxes when you’re exhausted and just want to sleep.

Don’t forget snacks!

No matter how organised you are, it’s going to be a long day. Stay hydrated and energised with a good collection of handy snacks. Try to include some fruit among the sugar-filled lollies and chocolates, it will keep you going a bit longer. And don’t forget plenty of water – you’ll be working up a sweat!