ADVICE ON MOVING -
is both exciting and painful. Many fond memories are brought
back as you pack away a school project by the children or the photos of
a faily holiday. Alongside these, is the reality of having to get done
on time and getting it done in a way that protects your prized
AND THEN SOME REALLY NIFTY STUFF
sure you have all the packing tools you need. Plenty of Newspaper
bubble wrap for fragile items. Marker Pen, and Packing Tape.
- Have a variety of different sized boxes on hand. Large boxes are useful
for carrying many lightweight objects such as Tupperware and linen, and
smaller boxes are best suited to heavier or more delicate objects such
as books and glassware. When packing these fragile contents, remember to
protect them with bubble wrap or newspaper.
shops will always have Styrofoam moulds and boxes available for packing
- Never over pack your boxes; rather pack too few items into
a box than too many. The reason for this is to prevent items in your
box being squashed or the box giving way and breaking open. And always
pack heavier stuff at the bottom of the box and lighter goods on top.
- As you start packing, number each box with a marker and
keep a detailed list of all the items that correspond with that number.
This way, if any items are missing or boxes are misplaced, they can be
easily traced. Start packing room by room, if possible and use your
marker pen to clearly label each box according to the room that they
have been packed in. You could use for instance 1SR - meaning Box 1
Sarah's room and 2 K meaning Box 2 Kitchen
- Put all hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, into a
separate box and keep them away from the rest of your stuff.
- Don't pack your blankets, sheets etc away - use them to
protect DVD players and other digital equipment. You could also use
clothing, jerseys etc for this purpose.
- Pack all the items you will need immediately into one box and mark it clearly.
all electrical equipment and dismantle beds and headboards. Many
reserve the right to raise surcharges for dismantling and for any
delays. Put the screys, brackets etc into resealable plastic bags and
mark them so that they are easily identifiabale when re-assembling.
Remembr to keep the tools you need in the Immediate Needs Box
items not to be loaded in one room, eg. the bathroom.
pictures, mirrors and glass items in bubble plastic. All glass shelves,
tops etc. to be crated.
and deep freezers must be defrosted empty and dry, especially when
storage or long distance.
drawers and cupboards and lock all valuables eg. Cell phones, wallets,
away in a safe place.
keys from cabinets, draws etc – before the movers arrive
to the point of importance to you ;
- Stuff socks, scarves etc into the crevices in boxes to keep everything nice and firmly together.
a photo of the connections on your computer and other electronics. This
way you will be able to put it back together very easily in the new
quick way to pack hanging items in your wardrobe is to slip a garbage
back over the clothes, tape at the top and tape the tops of the hangers
and Seal is a wonderful tool for keeping things in place. Wrap jewellry
etc. Or instead of unpacking small drawers, just wrap them and move as
- And for the ladies - place an extra cotton pad or ball into you powder cosmetics to stop them from breaking.
months to six weeks before your move
Weeks to One Week before you move
Moving Day And After Moving
Advice on Moving with Children