Welcome lovelies to my part 2 hints and tips for packing and moving house. It's getting closer for me now, only a week to go before the big move. I have had a heap of people questioning why I'm not stressed or worried about the move. I am more excited than anything to start our next adventure. I think because I have been prepared and organised for the move it is not really stressful for me. I know a lot of people that would pack up their entire house in a matter of days just before they move.....and they wonder why they're stressed! I have already packed up most of my place, except for the final things that we need on a daily basis, cutlery, plates and bowls, glasses and of course our clothes. Otherwise our garage is full of well labelled boxes and our walls empty of all our family photographs, mirrors and artwork.
Just before I move though there are a few more things I need to pack and get ready, so I thought I would share some of my hints and tips for the last few days before the big move!
1. I'm hoping that you are all still using your towels when you have a shower, but as the big day draws closer you can start to pack these items. Instead of throwing them all in a box or bag, use them! Use them instead of newspaper or bubble wrap to protect some of those plates and bowls. Save your belongings from getting that yucky feeling after unwrapping them from newspaper. I also came across some old paper plates that I had in my cupboard the other day. I am using them to protect our plates as well. I simply put a paper plate between each other plate to protect them from scratching each other and possibly breaking in the move. Check out this fantastic example from The Frugal Girls.
I love the colour of their plates!!
2. Pack a special bag with items you will need right away, such as toiletries, toothbrushes and medications. If you haven't simply moved your drawers and hanging clothes as per my part 1 tips then it might take you a bit longer to unpack your clothes, so make sure you have a few in this little bag so you're prepared. This should be one of the first things you take to your new place.
When we get our new place we will be there for 2 days prior to actually moving all of our stuff over. We are going to start some of the painting on the first 2 days so I will be sure to bring over our kettle, some mugs and glasses for any drinks, coffee and tea and some of our cutlery and crockery to be prepared for lunch on those two days. We certainly don't want to be stuck having lunch without a fork! Also don't forget to bring some toilet paper!! That is much worse than forgetting a fork!
3. Everyone's move will be different but we are moving with a little one around so we need to be prepared for her. I am taking our portacot with me to leave their for the first few days until her cot comes across. I am also taking a few meals with me that don't need to be frozen, such as sandwiches, fruit and snacks. The other important thing not to forget is something to keep them occupied while you're busy moving boxes around, painting or unpacking.....toys!! I have a bag ready to go full of her favourite toys so she can play around and keep busy while she's awake. Never a good idea to forget about those little bits and pieces!
4. Another great tip as soon as you get into the house is to grab your cloth and disinfectant and clean!! Clean the toilet and bathroom straight away, before you unpack any boxes! It is very likely that people will need to use your toilet throughout moving day and at the end of the day when all you want to do is have a shower and get clean. So much easier to do it in an already clean shower, rather than have to clean it first.
I also like to clean the kitchen straight away as well. Makes it easier to start unpacking when everything is already clean.
5. Speak with the removalist when they are starting to unpack and request that one of the first items to get into your new home is your beds! That way you can make then straight away so again you don't have to worry about it after a long day, you can just jump in and fall asleep.
And finally.......take lots of photos!! It will be amazing to look back at your new house when it was empty and see the amazing transformation to being full of furniture. You can also watch it evolve over the years when your furniture changes, your family changes and your style changes. The one thing I regret in my current house is not taking enough photos as we were renovating and moving things around. Homes change so much even after a few months so it is always a good idea to take as many photos as possible so that you capture each moment. You might want to delete some down the track but better to have the photos to help your memories.
Enjoy the rest of your week, i'll probably be spending mine packing and getting ready for next week!