Moving home especially during this pandemic situation can be a long and stressful situation. You may well have to move to temporary accommodation whilst you complete the sale and place items in storage, you might have to have a super clear out of a time of clutter, alongside a host of minor issues.
The whole process may seem scary, but if you apply these tips and tricks that New Zealand storage experts safestorecontainers.co.nz in Onehunga kindly shared with us, that move could be much less stressful:
- Save a little cash, buy the boxes you need (or borrow them for free) and try to bribe a friend to help you.
- If you are moving to temporary accommodation and need storage to make you get the right size and talk to the experts for peace of mind there is nothing more stressful than trying to pack a 3 bedroom house into a storage space that might just fit it. You need space to move around.
- Make sure you replenish your belongings to make sure they are in good condition and ready for the move.
- Now that you’re sorting through all your stuff, it is the perfect time to see what can be donated or discarded.
- When you arrive at your new home, simply take a garbage bag and keep your clothes on a hanger to wrap them in. Before you put them all in the box, turn around and take a picture of them, so you can remember where they went. This saves you a lot of time when you need to set it up again.
- Most people don’t think about it, but they rummage around in the morning to get their pajamas and coffee machine. Pack your ‘first night box’ with everything you need for the next morning, so you know where your stuff is. Just remember to mark it all.
- You can also get added value for cheap comfort food, when you finally unpack the last box one day.
- Disposable foam sheets are excellent for packaging with real sheets, because they are already shaped like sheets. Place your plates in a stack, so that everything is packed up and ready for the next day’s meal.
- Use cling film to keep your dresser closed while driving, so that trays of items stay in place and inside. Leave the contents there until the drawer does not threaten to slip.
- Make sure breakables are wrapped up well and packed securely. There is surely nothing worse than having an empty wine box in the back of the truck, ready to be grasped but not to fall, or broken bottles in transit.
- Save yourself the trouble of walking around your house or apartment and leaving your scissors in one room. Keep a list of all the things you need to run from house to house. By using common sense and planning, this saves you a lot of time when you finally unpack; you don’t want to end up leaving the scissors in one of your rooms and your mobile in another.
- Get a box that you can take with you from room to room, so that you have everything with you when you change tasks, rather than spending time picking up supplies in another room.
- Use egg cartons to easily transport and glue your jewellery, so that nothing falls out.
- I also used toilet paper rolls to wrap necklaces and loose bracelets, just insert one end into the roll and put a closure.
- If you need to disassemble your furniture before moving, don’t forget to organise loose bolts and bolts. Use a box cutter to shape a hole in the triangle on each side to give yourself a makeshift handle for easy lifting.
- If you don’t already have seasonal or holiday items in plastic boxes, now is the time; you don’t need as much packaging material as you think. This means you can store them in a cupboard in the basement, until you move to unpack their contents.
- All kinds of soft objects in your home can be used to pack other items safely and efficiently. This makes great, free packaging material that can be used to pack all kinds of other things like food, clothing, toys and other household items, as well as your personal items.
- Black and white labels can be difficult to distinguish, especially if you don’t want to unwrap them ice-free. Instead, use colorful labels, or design a colour coding system for each field, to easily track what is where. You can write them by hand or just print them out, but you will spend a lot of time and effort actually moving the boxes in and out of trucks and vans.
- If someone forgets to keep the door unlocked, you can lock it with a simple button on the side of your door handle. Alternatively or additionally, you can put wrapping around it to prevent it from being accidentally locked.
- If you fall or spill during the movement, soak everything in water for at least 10 minutes. Our advice may differ if you have a van or truck, but look here for visual instructions for packaging a moving vehicle
By implementing the useful tips and tricks listed above, your move should be a smooth running and stress free process. Best of luck!