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Packing Tips Room by Room

Packing Tips Room by Room

24Oct 2014

When moving house, it can be a very daunting process to pack everything into boxes. It is common to not know where to begin and what to pack first. Writing a moving checklist and working room by room is a great place to start. Setting small goals will make the packing process much more achievable. To start with, for each room create an essentials list and pack this items into a box clearly marked. These are the items that you will likely need immediately after moving into your new home. The essential items room by room generally include:-    Kitchen: toaster, kettle, instant coffee or tea, pasta or rice, snacks, salt and pepper, tea towels, plastic plates and cutlery and cups-    Bathroom: toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, towel-    Bedroom: fresh linen, pillow and pillow cover, pyjamas, change of clothes, blankets-    General: torch or candles and matches, cutting knife to open other boxes, tool kit, important documentation such as medical records, identification, finances etcWhen starting the packing process, it is best to begin with items that are used least frequently. Save items you use every day for the final stage of packing. Place them in a box clearly labelled and easy to find once you are in the new house. For each room, use this rough guide as a starting point when you begin the process of packing when moving house.KitchenTry to pack small, light items such as herbs and spices and packets of pasta. Consider the weight versus cost ratio of moving other pantry items. Try to pre-plan meals in the weeks leading up the move to use up the majority of items in your kitchen, particularly canned goods as these can be heavy. Always check the expiry date on any food product before deciding whether to move it with you or not. Dispose or use perishable and frozen items before the moving day.BathroomStart by sorting out the cupboards and drawers, particularly focussing on the medicine chests and vanity closets. When packing medicines check the expiry date and ensure the label is still legible so that you know it’s a safe medicine to continue using. For toiletries, if you choose to pack shampoos, soaps, moisturises etc, ensure they are wrapped in plastic bags before packed into boxes. This will avoid leakages during transit. Consider trying to use all toiletry products before moving house to reduce them taking up valuable packing space.BedroomBegin with packing the closet or wardrobe. This may require some spring cleaning and de-cluttering before deciding what to pack for the move. If in doubt, throw out old clothes that you are unsure about bringing with you. Donate old items to charity stores. Empty out drawers and again, de-clutter and decide what is essential for the move. Living AreaPacking books is an ideal place to start. Use small boxes for books as the weight can become unmanageable when multiple books are packed into large boxes. Consider using environmentally friendly grocery bags to pack smaller items such as photo frame and figurines. Wrap fragile items individually in towels or newspaper to prevent them from breaking during transit. Pack electronic chords individually into plastic bags. When packing lamps, take out the light globe and wrap bubble wrap or newspaper around it, and place it in an individual box. Lamp shades should be packed separately as these can be very fragile.

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