How to Pack and Store Your Stuff

Handy Hints for Moving to a New Place

You may be overcome with excitement and trepidation once the time comes for you to move to your new home. Hopefully, by moving day, you're well organised and the day goes smoothly. Here are some pointers on how to plan a move with the assistance of furniture removalists.

Extra services such as Packing

Obviously, when you move house, you can't throw all your belongings directly into a truck. They have to be packed into boxes first. If you don't want to pack each box yourself, you can hire the removalist company to do it for you. This packing service is in addition to the job of loading your boxes and furniture onto their vehicle and unloading it at the destination.

Removal companies are packing experts, and they'll follow a system for labelling and ordering your stuff. Other services a removalist may offer are cleaning and storage. You might choose to put a lot of the moving process in their hands, including unpacking the boxes at your destination. That way, you won't be overwhelmed with the workload.

Overnight Bag

Even if you arrange for the removalists to do most of the packing, you might want to do some yourself. One thing you'll need for the first night at your new place is an overnight bag. You can fill this with laptop and phone chargers, important documents that you want to keep safe, toiletries, and a change of clothes. With these items, you can easily shower and have clothes to wear when you wake up in your new house. You won't have to suffer the frustration of hunting through and opening multiple boxes simply to find toothpaste!

You should also consider packing a first-night box that contains toilet paper, bedding, a few dishes and mugs, teabags, coffee, and a kettle or latte-maker. Does your new house have blinds or curtains in place? If you intend to hang curtains, you could also put those in your first-night box so you don't wake up when the sun rises.


One thing that may cause a lot of headaches is if you pull out the connecting wires in TVs and computers, only to find it impossible to reconnect them a day or so later. To avoid this, take photographs of the backs of your equipment that clearly show which wire goes where. You can put the wires in a plastic bag and tape them to the appliance so they don't get separated.

You can also get flat packing boxes for TVs that help protect them during a move, which your removalists may be able to supply. Or else, you may have kept the original box a TV came in, which you can use with any foam supports they have. You can also use bubble wrap to ensure that the devices fit snugly in the box and are less likely to wiggle around and get damaged during transport. If you mark the boxes as "fragile," the removalists will know to take special care of them. 

For more information, contact furniture removalists near you.