The top five ways to stay sane when moving, including a Geelong packing service!

October 20, 2014

Let’s face it – moving house is not on the top of anyone’s list of activities they would most like to be doing. It can be arduous, tedious, time consuming and stressful. Going through all your belongings can be an emotional experience too, as is leaving behind the doorjamb where you fastidiously recorded the growth of each of your children. There is the task of deciding what needs to be kept, what needs to go in the garbage, and what can be ‘re-housed’. And then there is the actual packing part – wrapping fragile and breakable items in paper and bubble wrap. Ensuring you have enough bubble wrap to wrap said items. Keeping any children in the home from stealing the bubble wrap to play with it. It can seem like a never-ending task.

At Ace Removals we have a few tips to help you stay sane when moving!

Start early!

Many of us tend to procrastinate when faced with a task that we have no real desire to carry out. But resist the urge to put things off! Packing is not just “throwing stuff into some boxes”. You need to spend time sorting through your belongings, and it’s going to take more than a few hours the night before the removal truck arrives. Determine what you still use, what you no longer need, and what you could sell or donate to others. Be ruthless – if you haven’t used it or searched for it in the past 12 months, it’s time to leave it behind. It will be wonderful to have a fresh start at your new home without a pile of unwanted “stuff”.  If the thought of packing is just too much or you simply don’t have the time, consider a Geelong packing service with Ace Removals. We offer a packing service where we treat your belongings as carefully as we would our own, with special attention given to fragile and important items.

Start with colour-coding

There are a few methods of colour-coding to make packing your house a less-stressful experience. Take a pile of differently-coloured post-it notes, or coloured markers or stickers. At the very beginning you could use colour-coding to identify what is to keep, what is to be thrown away, and what can be sold or donated.

Label, label, label

Label the box with the room it is intended for, and underneath add a few short points with a more detailed explanation of the contents. For example:

Kitchen                                                               Study
Bedroom 1
– bowls – tax returns – Tom’s summer clothes
– cups – banking

It will make the task of allocating boxes and unpacking a great deal easier if you know what’s in each box. The alternative is finding 20 boxes labelled simply “kitchen” plonked in the corner of your new home, and determining where to start unpacking will be a whole lot more challenging!

Leave out some immediate essentials

There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new home, surrounded by boxes, and not having easy and quick access to nappies for the baby, a kettle to make a cup of tea, or a towel to use after you’ve had a shower.

Ensure you have a few boxes of essentials that you will need in the first few days after your move.

For your first night, book a hotel

As exciting as it might seem to be starting a new chapter in your life in a new home, the reality is not always as lovely as it looks on the TV advertisements. You will have had a long day, you may have frazzled children (and spouse), and there are no beds made up. Think about booking a hotel for that first night so that you can all get a good night’s sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to make your new house a home.

Rely on Ace Removals to make moving house as easy as it should be. Contact us for a quote today.