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There’s no denying it – moving home is a lot of work. And whether you’re moving from a small flat or a family home with decades of accumulated belongings, it can be remarkably stressful.
Here we offer top tips for making the process easier and as stress-free as possible.
1. Sort and clear, mercilessly
Moving home is the ideal opportunity for clearing out items you no longer need or want.
Fail to do this, and all that clutter will have to be packed, transported and unpacked in your new home – and once clutter “nests”, it’s there to stay!
Instead, aim to spend a few weeks prior to your move sorting through the items in every room of your home. It can help to organise everything into three simple piles – keep, throw and donate or give away. If you have a lot (or large items) to donate, some charitable organisations will even arrange to come to you to pick them up.
2. Book some time off work
Moving is emotionally and physically tiring. Leaving all the packing, the actual move and unpacking for a single weekend can be a mistake. If possible, arrange a few extra days off work. Then you’ll be able to tackle things at a much saner pace.
3. Order your boxes from Ecobox
There’s no need to drive to countless shops and malls in search of cardboard boxes for packing. Don’t waste valuable time digging through smelly piles of shop refuse or hunting for stores willing to sell you clean boxes.
Instead, simply order sturdy, stackable, properly sealable boxes from Ecobox, and we’ll deliver them right to your door. Once you’ve unpacked in your new home, we’ll fetch them again, all at a very reasonable rate.
An added advantage is that you can feel good about using Ecobox – our boxes are fully recyclable and eco-friendly, and a percentage of all our turnover is donated to Food & Trees for Africa.
4. Stop grocery shopping
It’s a good idea to limit the grocery shopping you do in the week or two leading up to a move, to reduce the amount of food you’ll have to transport or dispose of.
Instead plan out an exact menu and buy only what’s required – and, especially in the days just before the move, use the excuse to get food from out (or to invite yourself round for supper with family or friends).
5. When packing, keep all boxes room-specific
It can be tempting to shove items into boxes wherever they’ll fit, or because they help provide padding. However, it’s best not to mix items from different rooms.
Make all the boxes you pack room-specific and label them clearly to show where they must be taken on the other end. This will make it much easier to find items and to unpack once you’re in your new home.
6. Defrost the fridge
Remember to defrost your fridge at least a day before the move. Once it has defrosted fully, use towels and then paper towel to dry it thoroughly so it doesn’t smell mouldy by the time you’re ready to use it in your new home.
7. Pack a travel bag
It’s an excellent idea to pack a travel bag that includes all the main items you can’t live without for 24 hours, from toiletries to medicines, tissues, a change of clothes, a towel and children’s favourite toys.
Pack like you would if going away on a holiday. Then it will be easy to put your hand on things you really need when you’re in your new home at last, tired out and surrounded by unpacked boxes.
To order affordable Ecoboxes for your home move, contact us for more information or get started now.
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