Moving out is slowly becoming a more common thing in society. Gone are those days when people used to live in the same ancestral houses for generations altogether. With the rise of more & more, professional prospects, changes in livelihood, people renting out apartments and easy access to home loans, now people are more open to changing their homes and relocating for a better quality of life.
Especially with the rise of Covid-19 and work from home becoming a ubiquitous reality, more and more people are looking to move out of the hectic city life and stay in their most desired locations in suburban areas.
As a result of such rapid changing trends and lifestyles, these DIY packing tips can add as a bonus to your skillset.
1. Start organising
The most common mistake people make is that they jump straight into packing whatever is in front of them. Studies show, when we’re living in or using a space for a longer period, we’re most likely to hoard unnecessary items which we may never or seldom end up using.
A smart way is to first organise whatever is in there at your place and separate them into three categories-
Start by choosing small corners, pull out unnecessary items and further distribute them into these three categories.
This way, you’ll end up saving a lot of hassle while unpacking in your new home. You’ll also end up saving some money on the Bike transportation cost of your belongings as you are practically getting rid of some weight and also that you can earn something by selling some of our items in the sell category which otherwise were a blocked investment for you.
You can start carrying out this process one or two months before your shifting date.
2. Jot everything down
This is one of the most useful household packing tips that you’ll ever get.
Writing down all the tasks you have at hand and then breaking them down into smaller actionable steps, saves a lot of time and confusion. Plus, that dopamine rush one gets after ticking off the to-do list is unmatchable! During those stressful days of your packing for moving, this small yet powerful hack can set things into perspective.
If you’re confused about how to go about it, follow these pointers-
- Firstly, grab a notebook and write all the things that you need to get done. Don’t be specific here, just start noting down whatever’s popping in your brain.
- Define the timeline that you have to complete all that you’ve jotted down.
- Every day pick 2-4 tasks from this list and add them to your daily to-do.
3. Gather your gizmos
Living in the modern era, electronic appliances are an inevitable part of our lives. All your geysers, ACs, TVs, washing machines etc, are sometimes connected with the wiring of the house or need special care while dismantling or packing, make sure to get all of these ready for packaging either yourself or with the help of an electrician, in advance so that their connections don’t get messed up at the eleventh hour.
4. Go creative!
“Where is my other laptop’s charger?” If you don’t want to be exclaiming this while you unpack in your new beautiful space, hear us out.
Even if you’re packing meticulously and categorising stuff into different boxes, you end up losing your mind when you have to search for a particular box from the ocean of boxes that you have finally.
To counter this,
- One good idea is to label every box in big, readable letters. Make sure to use a bold permanent marker for this.
- You can colour-coordinate the boxes. Yes, it can be the same coloured boxes for each room or different corners. You can achieve this either by sticking some coloured sheets on top of the boxes or by simply buying coloured boxes.
- Use a different coloured marker or tape or buy stickers to mark the boxes carrying fragile items in them as an indication for the transporters and you to handle them with care.
5. Packing supplies matter.
Packing efficiently requires you to understand the varied requirements of different items. For instance, a delicate product may need cushioning, which can be achieved in various ways like by using bubble wraps, airbags, packing peanuts, foam sheets, beehive wraps, corrugated sheets and thermocol sheets. Now, to understand which item would require which kind of cushioning as something that you’ll need to understand, and trust us, it sounds overwhelming but won’t take you more than 15 minutes to get the hang of it, just browse through Google.
Using the correct packing supply might seem a little too far-fetched but it secures your products in a way that you can be sure of receiving your items in their original form, damage-free from the movers.
The bottom line: Packing for house shifting isn’t rocket science. You just need to plan things out orderly and execute them smartly.