Moving houses is all fun and games, until the anxiety of having to move your lifetime collection of clothes junk, starts to kick in…

So, we’ve compiled a list of tried and tested hacks which we wish we had on hand when we were packing!

Get your cardboard boxes at the ready (a glass of wine wouldn’t be a bad idea either…) and get packing with our top tips.

Get a headstart

Stuff like setting up your internet can take a while to get booked in. If possible once you know your completion date arrange to have your internet installed on your providers next available date. Chances are you will still be without the internet for a few days or even a week, but you won’t have wait as long as you would have if you booked it after you’d moved in.

” I did this for the internet & the sofa in my new place and I’m so glad I did! I managed to get our internet set up a few days after we had moved in, whereas our friends had to live without wifi for weeks!”

Pre-clean your new home

…before the boxes come in and get in the way. This may be the first time you’ve seen the new place in a while, so cleaning it before you start getting everything ready to move in, gives you time to assess the area. Where should you store the boxes in each room without blocking key areas such as the doors and fridge? It’s also much easier to clean an empty room than one filled with boxes and boxes!

Pack an overnight bag 

Just like you would for a sleepover pack a bag with all the essentials such as your toothbrush and toiletries. There’s nothing worse than having to go through every single box to find your makeup bag 3 days into moving house… Been there, done that. If you know you’re going to need it every day throughout the move, store it in your everyday bag instead of a box. You’ll thank us when you need to brush your teeth and know that you won’t have to rummage through the ‘bathroom’ boxes.

Be clear when labelling boxes

It’s all good labelling that box “kitchen stuff” but when you only want to bring the essentials for your first trip and you’ve got 3 boxes of “kitchen stuff” it can be hard to find what you want without opening them all up. Make a note of key items inside the boxes such as cutlery or pans, that way you can ensure you have stuff to eat off on your first night as opposed to those less important baking sheets you could have brought over on your second trip!

Pack your clothes last

Because you really don’t know where you will be invited to last minute during the move! It’s easy to get excited over that new wardrobe and start packing your clothes first. But keeping in mind that it could be a couple of weeks until all your clothes are actually hanging up in your wardrobe again, having some clothes out for every occasion is a good idea.

Don’t pack clothes in boxes

Instead, keep them on the hangers and place in a bin bag to protect them. This way you can easily take them out and hang them straight in the wardrobe, saving you hours of ironing and rehanging.

“I found this really useful when I moved in and grouped the bin bags together by pieces like dresses. I then got some spare ribbon to tie around the top so I didn’t think they were rubbish bags and throw them out!”

Pack fragile items with socks

“I was packing plates, glasses and other fragile tableware pieces and wanted a way of stopping them from clanking together. Now the logical thing to do would be to buy newspapers or bubble wrap… Instead, I thought it would be genius to use *clean* socks. They actually worked wonders to wrap up things such as cups, put between items to stop them hitting each other and also as padding in boxes with smaller items like perfume bottles. Who would have known?!”

Pack books in a suitcase

Who would have thought that literal piles of paper are heavy? Well as it turns, books and magazine are one of the heaviest things you’ll pack when moving. Sure one book is light. But a whole bookcase full of them? They can be so heavy they will break through a cardboard box midst move. The best way to pack books is in a suitcase. The fabric is much stronger, there’s no chance of a book escaping once zipped and the wheels make it easy to transport. No heavy lifting needed!

Have Fun

You probably won’t be moving again for a while, so get fully immersed in the experience and have fun. Appreciate those daily trips to Subway, eating takeout pizza on the floor and late night trips to IKEA just for the meatballs because once you’re settled in you’ll probably be eating home-made meals at the table like a regular adult…

“I wish didn’t let the stress of moving out take over me! All I could think about was what we need to buy, what flat-packed furniture needed putting together and focusing on that end goal, instead of enjoying the journey. Take a breather and go with the flow!”

All packed up but need help organising? Check out our hacks for organising your new wardrobe. #closetgoals

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