By : Priya Shandhini
01 October 2015
Moving into a new home? It most certainly is a joyous occasion, but the shift can prove to be a nightmare if you do not plan ahead. But no worries, here’s a ‘cheat sheet’ to make the experience a smoother one!
Sort the items
Food – perishables can be tricky (and messy) to transport. So eat it all up before the actual day of the move. Besides, you need the extra calories to work those muscles.
Clothes – it’s probably timely to look through your closet and see what you have not used in ages, or does not fit. Separate your items into three piles – one for the new home, one to donate, and the items in the last pile is for you to throw away.
Books and stuff – the same advice goes for the collectibles you have hoarded over the years. Keep what you love, give away what others may love, and discard what nobody wants to love.
- You can either buy boxes, or obtain recycled boxes from shops which would otherwise discard these. Tape the bottom of the boxes to secure the boxes and the items placed in them.
- Have a checklist of all the items in your home so that you can check off as you pack.
- Pack the items according to rooms so that it is easier to unpack. Label the boxes and indicate which room the items belong to.
- Fragile items should be bubble-wrapped, or covered with thick newspapers to avoid breakage. Do remember to mark out the boxes with such items for extra care during the move.
- Always place the heavier items at the base, and the light items at the top of each box. For ease of transportation, do also ensure that each box is of a reasonable weight to avoid back sprains!
- Use a strong plastic tape to seal boxes so that the items within are secure during the shift.
- For essential items like medication, spectacles, digital equipment and so on, do keep them in a separate bag so that you do not need to rummage through boxes for these items.
- Start your packing early and progressively in stages, to avoid the mad rush closer to the actual date of the move.
With some pre-planning and progressive packing, the happy occasion of moving into a new home can be stress-free.
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- Do a quick check of all your cabinets and drawers to ensure that nothing has been left behind.
- Keep tabs on the number of boxes you would be bringing over to your new home to ensure all of them are transported.
- Turn off the gas and water supply and also switch off your utilities meter.
- Shut all the windows and lock up…you’re all ready for the move into your new home!
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