Moving Day Tips

Probably in the near future, I will be moving out of my current digs, tear the whole thing down and rebuild from scratch. So in the mean time, the only tearing I’m doing is — my hair. Ever tried packing 30 years of stuffs and moving, with the notion that you will be unpacking the same thing when the new house is done?

Here are some tips to help those who intend to do so, feel free to add some of your ideas too. Just in case I need help.

#1 Where is the end?

Toothpick on a Tape

Toothpick on a Tape

You can use a toothpick to mark the end of a roll of tape, avoiding the hassle of running your thumb over and over again to find the end. Other suggestions include, just folding back the end onto itself (cheapskate) or to use a coloured paper strip at the very end itself, to avoid being prick by the toothpick itself. Silly me.

#2 Clear Plastic Boxes

Get your hands on some clear plastic boxes while moving, especially when these clear boxes could do double duty once you’ve unpacked. They can be left in the store room as storage. Furthermore, being see-through, it allows you to see what is it that you’re packing. The downside to this, very bad to the environment. I think in the US, they have this rent-a-box service, that you can utilise. Not so in my country.

#3 Sealable bags

Seal it all up

Seal it all up

Sealable bags are useful in a situation where you have screws, nuts and bolts to identify. More so, in our IKEA universe where you have a lot of DIY furniture that you can tear down and rebuild. Just paste this bags onto the furniture itself or to the INSIDE of the box containing said furniture and you will save yourself the headache of identifying the screws.

#4 Tag ‘Em

Tie 'Em Up

Tie ‘Em Up

In a digital world, we are left with a lot of cables and powerbricks then we could care to remember. How do we identify which is which? Easy, once you roll them up for storage, tag them with a spot of paper or marker, and you could unroll them when the time comes. Heck, you could even throw all of them into one of the plastic cases, without haveing to worry.

#5 Take Photos

No, I’m not asking you to take photos of your old digs to compare with the new one. Although it’s a good way to remember and to jog your memories when you’re old. But what I’m referring to is to take photos of the setup and cabling that is required when you move house. An example is the back of your TV. Make sure you get the brand/model in your photo if you have more than one electrical appliance with the same look.

TV Selfie

TV Selfie

#6 Suitcases

An extra tip if I may say so, with pros and cons. Some will say that the suitcases aren’t suitable, book lovers will scream and yell. But I have done it and my books survived it just fine. What am I blabbering about? Take a look at the picture below. No need to lug around heavy boxes when you have a box on wheels to move them about.

Books in a suitcase

Books in a suitcase

Any other tips you want to share?

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5 Comments

  1. We just got back from a year travelling around the world. Your packing blog struck a chord with me. If your like us and store everything in your loft and come back a year later then make sure you have a plan of where you put the kitchen boxes, book boxes, bedroom boxes. Otherwise its like Xmas. Like the idea of the toothpick. Another tip if you want cardboxes go to your local independent wine merchant they have plenty there glad to give away plus you can tell them your upcoming trip. This can result in some great tips of wines to drink in the countries your going too.

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    1. Thanks. Just sharing some practical tips that I encountered myself and what I found online while trying to solve the problems that cropped up during my moving day.

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