In most cases, it won’t be possible to get absolutely all the packing done in one day when moving home, as you will simply have too much stuff to pack all at once, and will cause a lot of stress. However, you can certainly take steps to make sure that your B1 home is packed up and ready when moving day arrives, leaving the final day to pack essentials.

Organise and make a plan

The key to getting everything ready by moving day is not to leave too much to the last minute. Ideally, you should start a few months in advance, and begin your planning then. Try to think of what things you use every day in your B1 home (clothes, fridge freezer, television and so on) and keep them off the packing schedule for now. The first things you want to deal with are items and goods you don’t use very often at all. This might be things such as valuables, holiday clothes and supplies, etc. Anything that isn’t in everyday use should be packed first, and can be done well in advance.

Once you have these at the top of your list, begin working towards your everyday items slowly and according to your schedule. This way, you will not be left with a last minute rush to pack what’s left, and should only have your basic essentials left to pack when moving day arrives.

Packing equipment

Having good, durable boxes and the right packing goods will also make the whole process much more straight forward. If you can, it’s best to get hold of professional packing supplies. You can often find these stocked by your B1 removal company, or at specialist online retailers. It can often be worth spending the money on these items, as if you look after them after your move they can be used again. Another advantage of specialist retailers is that they will have a number of unique containers for valuables such as glass and china ware.

To supplement your packing boxes, get hold of some good heavy duty packing or masking tape and a Stanley knife. The tape will be much more secure than its household variant, and can be used to strengthen the boxes by adding extra tape to the spines. The Stanley knife allows you easy and precise cutting, whether you need to break the boxes down for storage after your move, or cut tape easily.

How to pack effectively

Packing the right way will not only save you time, especially when it comes to unpacking, but also ensure that your goods receive minimum damage during the moving process. Try to organise your packing by room if possible, and make sure to clearly label the boxes with contents, the room they belong in, and special instructions for your B1 movers (fragile, this way up and so on). When packing, place the heaviest items in the box first, and work your way up to the lighter ones on top. If you’re packing delicate goods, then place a layer of bubble wrap or scrap paper in between each item to prevent damage. Once you have built a ‘stack’ in the box, fill all gaps with smaller items and scrap paper until nothing can move about freely. Once secured, the box should not make any noise if shuffled, and everything should be packed in such a way as to prevent movement in the box during transport.

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