The moving day is approaching inevitably, but you still don’t know how to pack up your belongings and transport them to your new place without getting anything damaged? Packing things is not as scary as it seems – it is undeniably a time-consuming process, but it is possible to get through it smoothly and without major issues. The resources necessary for packing are easily accessible and with a few simple tricks, the process of moving house does not have to be stressful at all. First of all, it is important to have a good action plan and to use the appropriate support.
Preparing your things for moving house
The first thing that you should do is to sort out all the objects carefully. For starters, you should clearly indicate which things you aren’t planning to take with you – let it be broken appliances that you haven’t had the time to fix or clothes that have only been sitting in the closet and collecting dust for a long time. As for the items that you do not need anymore but are still fit for use, it is a good idea to give them out to your friends or even donate them to charity. For example, some of the toys that your children do not play with anymore but are still in a good condition may be donated to an orphanage and therefore get a new life.
Then, it is recommended to divide the remaining objects into some basic categories, such as clothes, furniture, dishes, books etc. Each category should be packed separately and, in some cases, we should avoid transporting certain things in one container at all costs – for example, we should not place food and chemicals in one box. If we label our boxes and describe their content in detail, unpacking things in the new house or flat will be much easier.
How to transport furniture from one city to another?
Very often we already start wondering how to transport the furniture and the rest of our equipment and personal belongings a few months before moving house. In such cases, it is a good idea to use the services of a moving estate agency that will take care of the transport and make sure that all our belongings make it safe and sound to the new place.
But obviously, something unpredicted may happen in the meantime – for example, we may be forced to leave our current flat, while the new one is not ready for us to move into yet, as it is still being redecorated. If it happens, what are we supposed to do with all the appliances, clothes and furniture? A self-service storage unit of Less Mess Storage may come in handy.
Self storage and moving house
As Less Mess Storage facilities have small storage rooms but also very big ones, over 30 square metres, you can easily use them to stock all the objects that you’re planning to move to your new place. It doesn’t matter whether it is furniture, electronic appliances or even food in hermetically sealed containers. With 24-hour video surveillance, alarm systems and locks, they will be completely safe – waiting to be transported to your new place.
There are two more advantages of using self storage services. In every Less Mess unit, as well as on the eKartony.pl website, there is a shop with resources useful for packing – that’s where you can buy all the necessary accessories and prepare your packages. You can also ask the moving estate agency to pick up your things directly from the storage unit so that the whole transfer process goes quickly and smoothly.
What accessories will you need the most when moving house?
When preparing to pack up everything before moving house, we need to make sure that we have all the accessories we need. By saying that, we mostly mean the cardboard boxes – in many different sizes. It is definitely worth dividing you home library between several smaller boxes, rather than putting all the books in one big container, as moving it would be quite bulky due to its weight.
An equally important element is obviously the sealing tape. The boxes with our belongings must be carefully sealed to make sure that no object falls out while being transported. If we pick boxes made of sturdier, more durable material, we do not need to worry about their stability. However, we can still reinforce their edges with some durable sealing tape, just to be on the safe side.
It is also advisable to buy different types of fillers. One of the most significant issues regarding packing things into boxes is filling up the empty space as much as possible. It will prevent the objects from moving inside the box as we carry it and protect them from getting damaged. For this, it is useful to get some styrofoam fillers, bubble wrap or even paper.
We should not forget about some additional items. Stretch wrap and some cardboard may also some in handy, as they will enable us to stiffen a given object and allow it to remain intact, even if it bumps against something. What is more, packing up your furniture cannot be done without felt or foam.
How to pack up your clothes?
When packing up clothes, the easiest solution seems to be loading them into some plastic bags. Unfortunately, it implies the risk of them getting damaged during transport and certain elements of our wardrobe are bound to be very creased afterwards.
That is why, just like with books, it is a good idea to put your previously folded clothes into cardboard boxes. When picking the size of the boxes, we should make sure that our trousers, T-shirts or hoodies fill up the whole space. If some of our pieces are made of delicate fabrics, we can additionally put them into vacuum bags – they will protect your clothes against humidity and dirt that is difficult to wash off.
The only exception are suits, jackets and other more elegant pieces of clothing – they, in turn, should be protected and placed in special cases. In such situation, it is a good idea to get a closet type storage box. It will guarantee that your most important clothes are transported in perfect conditions.
How to pack up your furniture?
Packing up upholstered furniture and other types of furniture is one of the most difficult tasks that we have to face on the moving day. Unfortunately, it is necessary to disassemble certain pieces in order to transport them securely and, most importantly, to be able to load them into a car. At the end of the day, we won’t be able to move the whole wall unit at once – we need to pack it up separately, piece by piece. It is not a one-person job; therefore, you should ask your family or friends to give you a hand in order to make sure that no element, not even one screw that you will later need to assemble a chair, gets lost in the general chaos.
After the elements have been disassembled, it is time to safeguard them. For example, the table legs and tabletop should be safeguarded separately. They should be stiffened with several layers of cardboard or foam, and then carefully wrapped up in stretch wrap. It will make it easier to move them from your house to the car. When transporting furniture, it is also advisable to use safety straps that will prevent it from moving while you drive.
How to pack up your glassware?
Packing up your glassware can give you a headache, however, it does not have to be as scary as it seems. In this case, cardboard boxes are also a must. It is a good idea to place some bubble wrap at the bottom of the box for shock absorbing purposes.
Then, every single item, regardless of whether it is a wine glass or a glass decoration, should be carefully wrapped in paper, foam or bubble wrap. Place all the items in the box, making sure that the content of every box is not too heavy. Do not forget some fillers that reduce free space and prevent the items from bumping against each other.