By / Troy Said
Removals Packaging and Unpacking Strategically
In earlier articles we’ve provided tips on how to spend your first night in your new house, but now we’d like to share some strategic packing and unpacking tips to help make your big move less stressful.
First night essentials – general
Your first night essentials boxes should of course contain all the general things like towels and toiletries, bedding linen and pillows (be sure to pack the most comfortable ones!), kitchen appliances, and some crockery and cutlery. You probably won’t really feel like cooking a three-course meal on your first night, but even sharing a takeaway at your dining table will help make your new house start to feel like a home.
And, of course, don’t forget the coffee or tea pot so you can start the next morning on the right foot.
First night essentials – personal
It is also a good idea to have a small box of personal essentials for each person. This box should contain just a few things that are precious for that person, or that will help them feel at home. Items don’t need to be valuable, just anything that makes that person’s room or personal space feel more like home. It may be a favourite book, blanket, toy, framed photo, or nightlight.
If they are physically able to, let each individual pack their own box. This is particularly important for children and elderly people who may be feeling they are just being bundled up with the rest of the furniture and being shipped interstate.
First week essentials
These are the things that you will need access to in your first week – think: laundry, home entertainment, home office, kitchen, school, work. You need to be able to prepare healthy meals, wear clean clothes, and relax with a good movie after a hard day at your new job.
Try to pack these items together, clearly label your boxes, and unpack them first.
Transforming your new house in to your new home is about feeling at ease there and not tripping over half-full boxes and packing materials as you search for something that isn’t where it should be.
Tip: Pack all power and connecting cables with their respective electrical appliances.
The remaining boxes
These are the boxes that, if left unattended, will potentially remain unattended for years, with family members occasionally rummaging through them for a particular item. This is a particularly dangerous scenario if you have a spare room or large shed!
Now you need some discipline to deal with the remaining boxes. Set yourself a goal of one box each evening, or six boxes over a weekend; or just bite the bullet and dedicate one whole weekend for the remaining boxes.
Deal with each box individually and completely. You should know what is in the box, because you clearly labelled it when you packed it! Every item in the box should have a new home in your new home before you start on another box. If you don’t know where an item should go, perhaps you should have left it at your old home, given it to charity, or sold it on Gumtree.