We have all been there, moving day has arrived and as you look around the house nothing but your sock draw has been packed. Don’t worry you’re not alone, for many packing on the day of the move is just one of those things, life got in the way of preparation and now it’s all stations go!
However with just a little preparation on the run up to your move you can make the day go a lot smoother and even make a little extra money for the standard Chinese takeaway after the move is complete. If you have a date for your move and have several weeks to spare the first tip is to purchase your cardboard boxes way in advance, you’re going to need them before move day.
The secret to getting prepared for the big day is Pareto’s principle also known as the 80-20 rule, law of the vital few. Now you’re probably thinking, “This all sounds a little too serious for packing a few boxes” but bear with me it will all become clear. Pareto’s principle can be applied to many things in life and the easiest way to explain it is this, think of everything you own, now think of everything you use on a regular basis. The idea is that the things you use 80% of the time account for only 20% of your belongings and 80% of your belongings you will only use 20% of the time. With this in mind you can start to easily work through your items that you’re unlikely to use before the move. You will also find that around 20% of those items you’re packing you will never use and you can actually make a few quid (for the Chinese takeaway on move day) by selling them at a car boot. As you have the boxes already in advance pack these items up and get selling.
Once you’ve had a clear out of the unwanted items and packed away the items you’re unlikely to use before the move you can get a better idea of what else needs to be done on the day.
It’s a good idea to check with your contents insurance to see what damages you may be covered for during the move but to prevent any damages ensure you purchase strong boxes made from corrugated cardboard. You also want to make sure you’re not over packing your boxes as this is likely to cause either damage to the items at the bottom or an injury to yourself from the boxes being too heavy.
Another handy tip is to prepare an ‘essentials’ box for everyone in the family, we’ve all been there rustling through boxes trying to find your toothbrush only to end up using your finger as a toothbrush so pack everything you need such as coffee and tea along with some spare clothes and soaps.
Here is a list of handy tips to complete your moving day with ease:
- Ensure all your hazardous items such as bleach or paint get wrapped and packed separately to items that may get damaged.
- Put a gym bag together with a torch, paracetamol, first aid kit, plastic bags, tool kit and baby wipes that can be accessed easily throughout the day.
- Snack pack to keep the troops energised, sugary pop, crisps and a few sandwiches will keep you all going.
- Finish the washing you don’t want to be packing wet clothing and make sure you have a separate box for your dirty washing.
- Try and start the day as early as possible, it usually takes longer than expected and if it doesn’t you’ll be digging into your Chinese before you know it.
- Make sure you have plenty of labels and markers to clearly mark each box with what room they came from and what the contents are, all our moving boxes come with a pre-made label (see image below)
- Pack your important documents together such as passports and birth certificates, keep these safe or give them to a relative to keep them safe during the day.
- Move the downstairs first this allows for more room when bringing down larger items such as your bed and wardrobes.
Ukpackaging.com have a great selection of boxes and bubble wrap that can be used for your move, take a look at our removal boxes category. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with our friendly sales team for more advice, 0845 8800 355