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13 tips for packing!

It's a daunting task to pack up a house load of items. Here are 13 tips but if it becomes overwhelming give Over & Above Moving a call on 0800 22 88 24.

1. Clear out the Stuff
Go on a decluttering regime. Donate, give away and chuck. There is no point in filling your new home with items you no longer need.

2. Start early
No matter how good you are, packing always takes longer than you think. Start two or three weeks before moving day. Pack items you use least first. I always start with china and books.

3. Have a packing room
Chose a little-used room or corner of your house to serve as the packing station. Build boxes of assorted sizes so they're ready to grab. Momentum is key. Keep a stash of good thick markers, packing tape, labels , and packing materials such as bubble wrap, popcorn or unprinted newsprint there.

4. Save on boxes
Get used ones but try and get boxes of the same sizes. It makes it easier and quicker for the moving company to shift which will keep the costs down. Banana boxes are sturdy. Shout yourself a couple of good sized tea chest boxes from Bunnings, Mitre 10, Warehouse Stationery or other suppliers for those bulky items such as pots and pans.

5. Pack strategically
Clearly mark with labels – the room and contents of the boxes. Mark the boxes you know you will need first with a star or other symbol. Put belongings you will want on Day One — sheets, towels, toiletries, change of clothes — in a suitcase or clothes hamper for easy access.

6. Wrap tightly and close all boxes
Make sure you fill every space in a box and pack right to the top before sealing shut. If you leave too much room in the box it will collapse and damage the items inside.
Don't be tempted to overfill a box and not seal off the top. This will just cause wasted space in the truck because you can't put anything on top.

7. Don't be a heavy
Many self-movers think a large box is for big heavy stuff, but the opposite is true. Fill large boxes with light stuff, and put heavy items, like books, in small boxes. You'd be surprised how many people fill large boxes until they weigh 30 or 40 kilos and break. And that slows things down.

8. Don't empty drawers
Many folks empty dressers and chests before they move. Don't. This adds to packing time, and wastes usable truck space. Leave dressers full. If a chest is empty, fill it with linens. You will also get less load shift. Likewise, don't pack empty suitcases. Fill them.

9. Black rubbish bags are treasures
Boxes are great because they stack, but so are sturdy rubbish bags, because they squish. Fill large trash bags with soft non-breakable, like linen. They can be stuffed into trucks and morph into shapes that boxes can't.

10. Leave clothes on hangers
Don't pack hanging clothes. Keep them on hangers and put them in the back of your car. flat. Then hang them back up in the new place.

11. Blankets and beach towels
Don't pack blankets or beach towels; use them as pads and save on boxes. Wrap and tape blankets around artwork and lamp bases. And stack and pack lampshades; they often take a beating in a move. Remove each shade; stack them small to large, then put them together in one box to ensure that they arrive intact.

12. Label on two sides – never on the top
Mark or better still label every box with its contents and destination (kitchen) on more than one side. Also note if contents are fragile. Though movers likely won't care, you'll know to go easy on them.

13. Be ready
Have everything packed before the movers arrive or before you get the truck. Disassemble furniture that will need to be taken apart. (Tape nuts and bolts securely to furniture items.) Roll area rugs up tight and tape them. The more organized you are, the less time you will spend on movers — who charge by the hour — and truck rental.

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