Sorting / Organising / Packing Tips
* Our best (personal) advice is: start early! Especially if you haven’t moved for years. When moving house the ‘fresh start’ usually leaves movers wanting to declutter and spring clean. It takes much longer than you would imagine. If you have space it’s a good idea to start at one end of the house or flat and move through gradually, room-by-room, looking at everything you have and leaving it so if you will keep it, otherwise moving it into recycling and rubbish bags. Give clothes, books, DVDs and toys to local charity shops like Oxfam (find your local store here). If they are more valuable try listing on eBay – they have many weekends where listing items is free and it takes a couple of minutes to post a brief description and upload a picture.
* Sell furniture or large items you no longer want using eBay, Craiglist or local paper adverts. You could also invite owners of local second hand shops to visit and purchase items (they are often low with valuations) and if you’re really in the mood a car boot sale will be operating somewhere near you. They will have plenty of customers waiting to buy up your old goods (all you need is a vehicle to transport them, pay a small entry fee and take sticky labels and a pen to put a price on everything). If you live on a busy road you could always set up a stall in your front garden, or outside the front door of your block of flats, on a sunny weekend afternoon – you’d be surprised by how much you can sell.
* Start early. A 2 bed home takes 2 weeks of evenings and weekends to sort items, sell or dispose of some items and pack up. A family home can take a month! We’ve been through this process in a 1-bed flat that was lived in for 5 years and it took us 2 weeks of evening and weekend time to sort/ organise and pack. In a 4-bed house that had been lived in for 20years this process took 2 months (including contents of the loft storage space and garage).
* You can’t wrap up your items enough! Use lots of bubble wrap, paper and soft materials to protect anything you care for. Otherwise scratches and marks will find their way onto your prized possessions. Generally it’s much cheaper to order these types of materials from Amazon and have them delivered. The cost is much lower than buying from the removals firm or a stationery shop. Links to the cheapest packaging items you will need are here:
* Get a tape gun. It save sooooo much time!
* Ensure you get plenty of rolls of Scotch tape.
* Strong bubble wrap. Use lots of this on delicate items like televisions, DVD recorders, SKY boxes, pictures and everything else that is fragile. Wherever possible place items back into their original boxes if you still have them hidden away in a loft or wardrobe.
* You’ll need paper to wrap plates, cups and kitchen utensils in. Newspaper is fine, but you’ll have to wash everything after. Better still buy some packaging paper.
* String, is always useful to have around as you’ll want to tie items together for easy moving (for example pieces of furniture you have taken apart).
* Place screws and small parts from furniture you have deconstructed into plastic bags (freezer bags will do) and tape them to the furniture (after it has been wrapped in bubble wrap, to avoid the tape leaving marks).
* Packing boxes can be very expensive if bought individually or from a removal company. The cheapest option is to order a batch of them from amazon.
* You’ll need good scissors or a good Stanley knife to open boxes and trim bubble wrap to size (be careful and keep away from children!).
* To make life easy we’ve located the cheapest, high quality, packing items from Amazon and you can find everything here: click for Packaging products from Amazon.co.uk or by clicking on the individual links above. Happy shopping!
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Now you know you are ready to move, there’s one really important thing to do: tell the world! Click here for who to tell and when: Moving Address tips and tricks