Moving House? Four Essential Tips to Make Your Move a Success


Getting ready to move to a new home? Then, you need these four essential moving tips. From dealing with small hardware to keeping your home functional through the move, these tips are essential:

1. Use Packing Tape to Organise Hardware and Cords

When you dismantle flat pack furniture, have a roll of packing tape on hand. Take any small screws, brackets or other elements and place them on a piece of packing tape. Wrap the tape securely around the small bits and leave one piece of tape exposed.

Use that to tape the small hardware to its corresponding piece of furniture, or label the tape ball and pop it in your tool box. Also, use tape to label electronics cords so you know where they go when you start unpacking.

2. Obtain Free Sturdy Boxes from the Produce Section of a Large Supermarket

The internet is full of tips on where to get free boxes, but when you arrive at the liquor, appliance or book store, the employees tell you they have recycled all their boxes. Luckily, there is one place you are almost assured of getting free boxes—the produce department of a large supermarket.

Large supermarkets restock their produce sections daily, and produce boxes are great for moving. Go during the day, take a walk around and ask the staff for their apple and pear boxes. Those sturdy boxes are the perfect size for books, dishes, photographs and other items.

3. Pretend You Are Camping to Survive Packing Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the hardest rooms to pack completely because you need items in it up to the last minute of your move. However, if you pretend you are camping, you can beat the kitchen packing blues.

Pack absolutely everything exact one frying pan, one pot and a couple of cooking utensils. Then, pack a small box and a cooler with food just as you would if you were camping and buy some paper plates. On moving day, everything you need is conveniently in a box or cooler ready to go.

4. Have a Last-out and First-in Box in Every Room

Your kitchen isn't the only room you will be using as you move, and ideally, you want to avoid the trap of leaving unpacked items in each room. Instead, put a last-out and first-in box in each room.

Everything in your home should be packed except for the items in these boxes. Whether they hold kids' toys, clothes, office supplies or something else, you can use these items during your last few days in your old home.

On moving day, tape these final boxes, and put them on the removalist truck (like those from Ocean Grove Removals) last. Then, have these boxes be the first boxes carried into your new home. These boxes of your essentials will help you maintain function and fluidity during your move.


23 March 2015

Storing my family heirlooms

After my parents passed away I inherited a lot of bulky furniture items that have been in my family for many generations. My current inner city flat is nowhere near big enough for it so I rented out a storage unit. Sometimes I head out to the storage lot just to look through it and remember them. Luckily the furniture has stayed in great condition and one day when I finally get a big family home, I'll be able to have it all on display. I spent a lot of time researching the best way to store vintage furniture long term, and it's all on my site. Enjoy!