@alotlikelove: Bumping this because I just moved
Do you have ANY idea what you’re moving into? Downsizing? Upsizing? Up stairs?
The best thing we did in moving was purchasing plastic tubs from Target and Bunnings for the same cost (even cheaper) than boxes – the handles make it easier to transport and they do not break or split anywhere near as easy as boxes. No rot either from storage (an issue my parents have had!) You can use them again and again and again. I still have 5 plastic tubs from 2011 when I first moved!
– Load books/heavy items into suitcases which makes it extremely easy to transport! They’re sturdier and have wheels! Stronger handles and made to last so it’s really helpful thing we did when moving.
– Go room by room, one at a time! Leave only stuff you NEED, like one perfume left out, seasonal clothes only, one set of towels, etc. Excess bathroom goods can be packed up now just leave one of things you use like one toner, moisturiser, cleanser, body wash, shampoo blah blah. Try to use up pump bottles that are difficult to transport. Use vacuum bags for bulky things like Winter/out of season clothing, quilts, excess towels and sheets. Even better put the bags in a tub/box/suitcase and then when the air is sucked out it can fit into the transportation device easier!
– Label EVERY BOX itemised as thoroughly as possible. I managed to find drawer organisers, wine glasses, jewellery, perfumes, etc all by just looking on the outside of the box. Write a list and tape it to the sides. That way when looking for hair brushes or textbooks or diaries or cutlery or whatever you can just look on the side and see. Saves making a HUGE mess!
– Purge as you go. Be CRUEL! It will pay off when you move and you don’t find shit you don’t want or need. Be thorough, donate and toss or sell whatever you can. Brand new shoes you haven’t worn in a year? Expensive perfume you have hoarded? Tonnes of clothes never even worn? Make a little extra cash! Also means it will take less time to move therefore less chance to overspend on movers or waste time moving stuff you ultimately do not want or need.
– Stick fragile items all together. I put wine glasses, perfumes, jewellery and other delicates in the same tub and labelled FRAGILE and kept my eye on it to make sure it was the final thing loaded on and first taken off.
– Label the essentials. Make one tub up which is the last thing you pack up the night before or morning of the move. things like toilet paper, toothbrushes/paste, some bandaids, batteries, face wash or wipes, shower loofah, come cutlery and a water bottle or something like that.
– Once you know the layout of your new place, it will help you to pack more methodically. With out place we knew we had massive linen closet so we packed and labelled accordingly and then the movers just placed the boxes beside it. Likewise into the office and bedroom and kitchen. Our living room was our office and dining room in our old place so everything was muddled up. My partner and I separated office, dining and living stuff as the best we could, that way we didn’t end up in our new place with several tubs of randomised crap.
– Take breaks! There is a tumblr I love UFYH Guide To Moving that suggests a 20/10 method, 20 minutes doing, 10 break. I did more of a 30 minute pack, 45 minute break but it worked so easy, stopped me from burning out too fast and getting frustrated.
– Work on it every day. Even if it’s just one small drawer, it’s better than nothing! I left it one day which turned into a week! Oops. Do one drawer, take a break. Do part of your closet, break.