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    Default Share your best packing/ moving tips.

    Our new house will be ready in about a month yay!

    I've never really moved before, I mean I moved into this place with DH but we hardly had anything and we bought stuff as needed.

    This time we have a whole house full of stuff to move so hit me up with your best tips please!

    We're not moving far, 5 minutes drive, I've already been told not to pack clothes, just keep on hangers and drive them over to the new place and hang up again.

    Would love any other tips to make the move as easy as possible.

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    Following!

    Sorry I don't have anything to add - I am the worst packer/mover ever! We have been in this house for 2yrs and I still have black plastic bags full of stuff in the spare room.

    We are moving next year and I'm already anxious about it!

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    Okay. We have recently moved. The best advice I have is to start packing now! Get rid of as much stuff as you can. A few tip runs before the move makes life so much easier. Label each box clearly! Check gumtree for boxes - I scored about 20 boxes and some packing paper for free. Pack up everything you won't need between now and the move. On moving day have a little box with the kettle, some tea and coffee, mugs and spoons. That way you can at least have a cuppa easily while you sort through the mayhem if unpacking. Try a colour system. Put coloured tape on each of the boxes/ furniture and corresponding coloured tape on the doors in your new place. Makes it heaps easier for the movers to put stuff where it goes. Good luck! I hate moving.

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    Call kmart early in the arvo and get them to keep boxes intact for you from their night fill team. I got sooooo many boxes this way I didn't need anything more.
    Keep clothes on coathangers and just drop them in the box.
    LABEL everything!!
    Start packing now
    If you have young bubs get someone to baby sit for a couple days beforehand it makes packing sooooo much quicker
    As soon as the boxes go into your house make sure they go into the room they belong in straight away
    Get rid of heaps of stuff you don't need.. Before you pack them! Not once you get to the new place

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    Thanks for the replies, great tips so far! Keep em coming

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    Hire removalists. Seriously. Don't do it all by trailer load. My DH wanted to do this last time we moved (only moving 5 minutes away), I just ignored him and booked the removalists in. He thanked me at the end. We just get removalists who literally just pick up boxes and furniture at one house, and drop it off at the other house. It's cheaper this way.
    Start packing now, go through drawers/cupboards and get rid of things you don't use/need anymore now.
    Clearly label boxes....the room, and label any boxes that have specific things that you will need fairly quickly or are hard to find ( phone chargers, tv cable kitchen appliances, kid essentials like pj's/pull ups etc).
    Give yourself a time frame to unpack. My time frame to have the house unpacked and sorted is within the first week. I just don't stop until it's done. It's tiring, but so worth the effort. Just cancel any events that you can miss and get it all done.
    Sort out drawers in furniture you will be taking and then drive them over yourself...still full. Saves time on the other end.

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    Hire a cleaner for the old house. Nothing worse than cleaning for someone else to move in, when you will want to be at the new house, not the old one.

    If money is too tight, isolate certain areas that can be empty and cleaned like a second bathroom, the oven, or do windows, gardens etc in advance.

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    All excellent tips. Another of my favs is when you have your first opportunity, make your bed! No matter what happens for the rest of the day, as soon as you are too tired to continue, just shower and fall into bed. Nothing worse then trying to find sheets and make a bed when you are exhaaaaaaauussted.

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    Put heavy stuff like books in small boxes so you can carry them and not have to rely on the guys so much.
    When you get to the new house put the beds up and make them before you unpack any thing that way you at least have a comfy bed to sleep in and everything else can wait.
    Budget for takeaway food for the night you move so you don't have to worry about finding stuff to cook with (and you will be too tired to cook anyway)

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    Default Share your best packing/ moving tips.

    As pp said labels are vital. The key information to have on each label is your surname, box no, contents, and room it should be put in. When each box is filled, complete the label and then put the same information on a master list. That way you have a complete inventory and when you're inevitably looking for something in a hurry you'll know which box it's in.

    Eta - the surname is incase a box gets misplaced by the removalists (it has happened). When they find it they'll know who to return it too!
    Last edited by BettyV; 07-12-2014 at 18:48.


 

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