While living in this home we have been engaged then married and brought home our beautiful little baby girl. So many memories that I will cherish forever but I am super excited to be starting our next challenge as a little family.
We have had a long settlement, well that's how it feels to me, which has been really good to give me the chance to pack gradually and do it right, rather than rush at the last minute and lose everything. It doesn't take long to accumulate belongings, for a small house......we have A LOT of stuff! So here are a few tips for you all when it comes to packing up your home. I know I still have plenty more to pack and will hopefully come up with a few more ideas and organising tips for you all so will be sure to share them down the track.
1. Label your boxes properly! Include as much detail as possible, that way when you are searching for that cake tin you won't have to open every box simply labelled 'Kitchen' to find what you need. Also make sure not to over pack your boxes. If you are using a removal company it's not as important because they will have all sorts of trolleys and machinery to help move your boxes around, however when you get to unpacking them if you decide that you don't want to unpack that particular box just yet and can't move it, that's just frustrating!
(source)2. When you are labelling your boxes I always like to write in permanent marker on the sticky tape. I always like to use a colour marker too. That way when you have finished with the boxes you can recycle them with friends and family and simply take off the sticky tape with the writing and done....clean boxes. If you cut through the sticky take and don't peel it off the next users can simply write in a different colour so they know which labels are theirs. Simple yet so cost effective.
3. Ever since my husband and I decided that we were moving house I started to keep every single box and junk mail catalog I collected. One of the main types of boxes that I have kept is shoe boxes. They might seem really basic and bulky but if when you move your shoes you simply throw them all in a bag you are guaranteed to damage at least 1 pair. Keep them in their boxes and pile them up inside a bigger box. They are generally pretty light in weight so will be easy to pile up and move and.....no damage done!
(source)If you don't have many garbage bags you can always opt for wrapping them in glad wrap. Protects them for the travel and again, hang them up when you get to your new place and unwrap them. It's almost like Christmas!!
(Source)5. After starting my packing I was very surprised at how few boxes I actually used. I collected quite a few from my family members who had recently moved, pretty handy! But when I was packing up my house I didn't think it was necessary to buy any more. I started by looking around my own home to see what I could find. I used anything and everything that would be sturdy enough to hold my belongings and potentially be thrown in the back of a truck. I used any and all suitcases that we had to pack books and heavy items, I have a heap of gift boxes that I have collected over the years for some of my smaller items, I have some plastic boxes that I used as well. I piled everything from my bedside tables into the drawers that were already there and the same goes for the desk drawers. Anything on the desk went into the drawers, if it would fit. That way I didn't have to buy any more boxes and then end up throwing them out. Worked perfectly!
(source)So here is part 1 for you all. I will be back shortly with part 2 of my packing tips. If you have any other tips for me please feel free to comment below and I may include them in my next post.