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20 packing tips for anyone who’s moving house this year

by Grace McGettigan
01st Jan 2020

Ikea bag - tips for moving house

Ikea bag - tips for moving house

They say that moving is one of the most stressful things you can do. But it doesn’t have to be. Here we look at 20 packing tips for moving house

Whether you’re moving from rental to rental, or into your forever home, there’s no doubt the process of moving is a pain in the rear.

Not only does it take a long time to sort things into bags and boxes, but you also have the dread of unpacking everything later. Which box did I leave my hairdryer in? Where did the cutlery go? Why is the TV remote no longer with the TV? Of course I put all the hefty items into the one box so that it’s now too heavy to lift…

The process becomes even more tricky when you have to unassemble (and then reassemble) flatpack furniture. “I know I left the screws and dowels around here somewhere… but where?”

Luckily, Twitter users from around the globe have shared their top tips for packing to move. Some recommend using the big, blue bags from Ikea because they don’t take up much space when folded. One person tweeted, “If you need to disassemble anything, please for the love of God, duct tape the screws and any other related hardware you take out TO the actual item they go to. Just trust me.”

Another suggested, “Colour-coded tape to help the movers know which boxes go where. I tape the colour tape to the door or location where the boxes should end up. It affords me the space to stay out of their way and focus on other things during the move.”

Packing tips for moving house

Photo: Ikea

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