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Your moving day survival guide

September 13, 2017     Moving house News Packaging Self Storage

Moving day

If you are reading this article, it’s likely that you are in the throngs of moving house. As many of us are aware, moving day can be incredibly stressful – in fact, one study indicates that two-thirds of British adults placed moving house as top on their stress list, with divorce and starting a new job coming in a joint second.

With this in mind, when the day finally comes around, you’ll want to be prepared. That’s why Your Store Exeter has compiled a moving day survival guide, ensuring that your day runs smoothly and that you can settle into your new home quickly and efficiently. As an Exeter self storage company, we have helped many people move home, providing secure storage units for their belongings at this important time of your life.

We hope the guide below will help you when moving day comes around!

Your Store Exeter’s moving day survival guide

By creating a list of essential items and taking into consideration all of the obstacles that may arise during the move, you can ensure the process is stress-free!

Step one: Children and pets

Young children may not find the transition to a new home easy – whether that’s due to emotional fatigue or confusion. As a result, tensions can be high, and tempers run short. In addition, children may get in the way when moving heavier or more breakable objects, and let’s face it, they can be mischievous at times!

To combat this, you may want to leave them with a relative or family friends while you begin the packing. Alternatively, give them specific tasks to do (e.g. writing labels, packing their own toys away, cleaning the empty cupboards, sorting the recycling or sticky-taping boxes and bubble-wrapping objects – endless fun!).

Pets may also find the moving process stressful – cats and dogs can be very territorial, but you may also find that they get in the way when packing. If possible, it might be a good idea to keep pets in the garden or a spare room, or even take them to a relative’s house who can take care of them while you pack.

Step two: Preparing the essentials

Before you go ahead and pack every single item in the house up into boxes and ship it out to the removal van, group together your moving essentials and keep them separate to your other items. Below, you will find a list of items that you may find useful to keep with you in your moving day survival kit.

In the kitchen

  • Cups, plates, knives, forks and spoons (per family member)
  • Instant tea/coffee
  • Kettle
  • Drinks
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Paper towels
  • Cooking equipment or takeaway menus
  • Breakfast foods and snacks

In the bedroom

  • Change of clothes (for all the family)
  • Alarm clock
  • Bed linen

In the bathroom

  • Towles
  • Toothpaste/tooth brushes
  • Body wash/shampoo
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Medication (if required)

Other accessories

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Basic tools (screwdriver, hammer, drill)
  • Torch
  • Pen and paper
  • Light bulbs
  • Bin bags
  • Pet food

Step three: Packing boxes

You will likely need a range of small, medium, large and heavy-weight boxes to pack all of your belongings. You will also require some additional tools, including:

  • Tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Old newspapers
  • Markers
  • Labels

Here are a few tips and hints for packing boxes effectively and efficiently on the day:

Pack early: Packing away all of your household items is going to be one of the most time-consuming tasks you’ll have to complete. Start early and it won’t seem like so much of a rush. If you have a large home, consider cracking on with the packing process a couple of months before the moving day, and one month for smaller homes and apartments.

Pack items you don’t need first: Things like garden tools, Christmas decorations and all those bits and bobs in the loft can usually be packed first. This will make the process easier and ensure you save the most needed items until last in case they are required.

One room at a time: To avoid a mad packing rush on moving day, break down the task by packing away one room at a time. This will help to keep your belongings organised and will help to identify which boxes go where when you come to unpack them in your new home.

Do you really need it?: You may find that there are some items in your home that are no longer needed when you start packing. Hold a carboot sale or give away these items and you’ll find that you declutter your living space as well as avoiding taking unnecessary possessions to your new abode. There’s also Gumtree and eBay for your unwanted items.

Fill gaps: When packing, you may find that there is lots of unused space between items. To avoid belongings getting damaged or thrown about during the move, fill them with bubble wrap of old newspapers to keep them secure.

Labels: Labelling your boxes will ensure that you know exactly where everything is. Not only will this make the move easier, but it will also show you which boxes to take greater care with (e.g. ‘Plates and cups’). This will also help you to identify which box is which when it comes to unpacking in your new home.

Heavy items first: Obviously, it’s wise to pack the heaviest, least fragile items first. Boxes containing books and furniture, for example, should be placed in the moving van first.

Step four: During the move

If you have a long journey ahead of you, be sure to pack snacks and take entertainment for young children, like the following:

  • DVD player and DVDs
  • Books
  • Baby changing supplies
  • Games
  • Toys

Step five: Consider self storage

If you are unable to move all of your items into your home, you may want to look at self storage as a solution. Perhaps you do not have enough room in your home to keep all of your important belongings, or maybe you are moving items into your new home over a few separate journeys. Whatever your reason, Your Store Exeter provides secure storage units for your items.

To find out more about our self storage services, call us on 01392 253119 or send us an email at info@yourstoreexeter.co.uk. You can also use our online enquiry form here and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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