Planning and preparing a move is not for the faint-hearted. But don’t worry – it can be done, and you can make your move easier with a few simple aspects to keep in mind. It’s not impossible, and anyone with a clear focus (and time) can do it without too much of a hassle.

The first step is, of course, preparation. The proper preparation is key to a hassle-free packing process and move. The next step is proper and organised packing. So with this in mind, let’s have a look at how you can properly and easily prepare and pack for your move to a new location.

Preparing what to pack for a move

Preparing what to pack begins with having a good idea of which items you really need – and which items you can give away or discard altogether. You need to have a mindset of ‘de-cluttering’ – after all, this is the perfect opportunity to de-clutter and organise your belongings. When you de-clutter, you will also have fewer items to pack, which makes packing easier in the end. Sort through your things and see which ones are most important. One rule of thumb: the most essential items, such as clothing, linen, basic kitchen items, etc. should be packed last. Pack least essential items, such as sports equipment, seasonal clothing (or better, have them stored) first.

It is also important to determine what you need once you pack. Boxes are crucial, but you have to decide how many boxes you would have to purchase or acquire. How big should they be? It would also be best to have an assortment of boxes with different sizes. You would also need tape, tissue wrappers, and bubble wrap for delicate and fragile items.

At this point, it would be a good idea to get quotes from removal companies (such as http://www.advanced-removals.co.uk). Once you receive a number of quotes, make a comparison, not only based on the price, but also on the company’s experience and professionalism.

Packing for a move

When packing for a move, items which are not that essential should be packed first, as mentioned above. Make an inventory of all your stuff and don’t forget to label your boxes properly.

But what other items could be considered non-essential? Some examples would be appliances for the kitchen, such as juicers and mixers; books and DVDs; seasonal clothing and shoes (as mentioned); and items which you haven’t really used for a while – or don’t see yourself using right away – in your new home. What about essential items? Here are some examples: toiletries, linen, medicine, all your important papers and documents, (such as property titles, passports, and paperwork related to the move); cash, snacks and beverages, and basic utensils for cooking and eating.

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