Published on September 6th, 2017

Tessa’s Top 30 Tips for Moving House

Moving house is a necessary evil and one that I’m about to undertake myself. So I’ve scoured the internet and found 30 tips for making the process a little bit less painful!
  1. Create a moving caddy so that you have everything on hand and are not continually searching for it. This should include:
  • Packing tape for boxes
  • Coloured paper for labels
  • Ruler to easily rip paper in half
  • Sharpie/marker for labelling
  • Scissors
  • Stanley knife
  1. Book your removalist as early as possible. Many removalists book up quite quickly and you may miss out on the date you want.
  2. Gather boxes. Bunnings Warehouse are a great source for moving boxes. The benefit from purchasing from Bunnings is you can return the ones you don’t use.
  3. Purchase used boxes – great money saving tip! Look on Gumtree or your local Facebook buy and sell groups to purchase used boxes.
  4. Purge as you pack. Sell, donate or throw away anything you know longer have a use for. If you don’t have the opportunity to part with them before the move label the box to sell or donate so you don’t unpack it.
  5. Colour code the boxes so it’s easy to identify which room they belong in.
  6. Label each box. When labelling boxes write which room it belongs to, along with the contents, on the top and side of the box. By labelling the sides you can easily identify what is in the boxes when they are stacked.
  7. Rate each box with a star or number based on the priority it needs to be unpacked. 3 stars for high, 1 star for low (can take a few weeks if it needs to).
  8. Place boxes in the correct room. Ask the removalists to put the boxes directly into the room labelled on the box, this will help make the unpacking process more manageable.
  9. Don’t write valuables on the box. We want to trust those helping us move, but you never do know what can happen. If you have a box of valuables going with the removalists don’t broadcast it by writing it on the box, give it a codename eg. Nanna’s Linens.
  10. Roll up jewellery. Lay jewellery onto a bath towel, fold over each edge, then roll up the towel to help prevent necklaces getting tangled.
  11. Keep it light. Don’t make boxes too heavy, it’s easy to fill them up but consider how much they will weigh, you don’t want the bottom to break away.
  12. Where to start? Start packing in the kitchen, put heavy items at the bottom of a few boxes, then load those boxes with lighter items.
  13. Wrap breakables in clothes, tablecloths, tea towels and/or towels.
  14. Wrap artwork and/or large items in doonas, quilts, blankets, etc.
  15. Use pillows, cushions and stuffed animals to pad things and keep them safe from breaking.
  16. Prevent plates from breaking. If you have run out of paper try wrapping plates individually so they don’t break, place plastic plates in between.
  17. Remember where cables go. Take photos of how the electronics cables are connected to easily know how to reconnect them at the new house.
  18. Don’t lose screws. When removing screws from items place them in a zip lock bag and tape it to the piece of furniture it corresponds to so you don’t lose it.
  19. Keep boxes organised by packing the contents in grocery bags. For example, place items from the top of your bedside table drawer into bag 1, label bag ‘top drawer’, items from 2nd drawer into bag 2, etc, This will help you easily unpack and place back into the drawers.  This is particularly handy for office drawers too.
  20. Tape cables to to the base of electronics to prevent the confusion of what cable belongs to which electronic. I say base in case the tape leaves sticky marks, it’s not so worrisome on the bottom of it.
  21. Fill nail holes. Use white soap or toothpaste to fill nail holes in the wall.
  22. Eat from your fridge and pantry. Don’t do big grocery shops before your move, plan dinners based on food you have in your fridge and pantry, try to use them up before you move.
  23. Don’t take clothes off their hangers. Use a large garbage bag to wrap around clothes to easily transport. Wrapping them from the bottom will help prevent losing any clothes that might slip off the hangers.
  24. Kids toy boxes – wrap small-medium size toy boxes in plastic bags or plastic wrap to save you unpacking the box into another box, wrap with plastic to help keep the items from falling out.
  25. Think outside the box. Don’t forget to pack items in baskets, hampers, suitcases.
  26. Place heavy items, like books, in a suitcase – they are easier to roll than lift.
  27. Remove light bulbs from lamps to prevent them from breaking during the move.
  28. Use toilet paper rolls to keep your necklaces organised and prevent tangling.
  29. Finish it all before moving day. Don’t leave any packing for the day of the move, have everything ready the night before.


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