The sheer mention of moving house is enough to send the majority of us into a spiral of stress-filled anxiety. Fun as it may be to relocate, moving day itself is typically argument-filled and traumatic, and that’s without even remembering the waiting around for surveys and home loan offers!
Sadly, even if you swore this was your home for life, things happen, families expand, and sometimes we just fancy a change. Like the woman who swore she’d never have another child, you’ll forget all the bad stuff and find yourself staring down the barrel of moving all over again.
But, it needn’t be stressful this time. Admittedly, we can’t help you on the legal front (sorry!), but we can tell you that, with a professional mover and a power packing method to hand, you could be ready to go and even out of your house in a few hours.
We understand that this may seem like a tall ask if you’ve spent months packing your belongings in the past. Honestly, though, power packing in as little as seven hours is a surprisingly easy goal to achieve. And, we’re going to teach you all about.
Step 1 – Purge early on
It’s astounding how many of us waste time packing stuff we have no intention of keeping. You’re in the midst of moving to your new house, after all, and a trip to the thrift store/post office is the last thing on your mind. You likely tell yourself that you’ll deal with it all once you get there, and then spend at least three or four hours getting all this stuff ready for the moving van.
It’s madness, and it’s something you can offset by simply having a decent purge at the start of your moving journey. After all, other than a few viewings, there’s unlikely to be a lot happening at this stage. By tackling one room a day for the first month that your house is on the market, you ensure that you have plenty of time to sell/give away all the stuff you don’t need long before things get stressful.
Step 2 – Seek storage solutions
It may seem odd to seek storage solutions just before you move, but this can make a huge difference to reducing the time that the whole process takes. As such, even just a short-term storage rental for a few pieces of furniture that you don’t need right away is worth your while.
Where your packing is concerned, this can make the space you need to work quickly when time is against you. What’s more, you may actually find that holding off on some of those larger items at least while you get sorted allows you to perfect decor in your new home in a way you never could if every room was filled with stuff.
Step 3 – Equip yourself
Many of us have to stop packing, sometimes for entire evenings, due to the fact that we’ve run out of boxes/packing tape/markers. It might not seem like a big deal, but this can cost you in so many hours overall.
Hence why you next need to equip yourself, ensuring that you have everything you need to hand so that, once you start packing, you needn’t stop until you’re finished. In fact, with everything there and no excuse for delays, you should find that you can finish packing each room in as little as an hour and a half max.
The question is, what exactly do you need? Well, key items for power packing without disruption include –
Ample boxes of all shapes/sizes
Paper and bubble wrap
More packing tape than you think you need
At least two packs of markers
Step 4 – Remove distractions
Now you’re ready to start, so you put on the television or turn up the music, right? Wrong. Packing to some background entertainment may seem like a great idea, but this is more often a distraction that you simply don’t need right now.
Rather, power packing is all about focusing on the task at hand, and nothing else. This way, you’re less likely to wander off or scroll through your phone for the next backing track. And, that’s ultimately the secret that will see you packing each room in less than two hours.
Speeding the packing process isn’t difficult in the slightest. You simply need to prep the floor, focus on what you’re doing, and remember that you deserve a stress-free move at last!