Congratulations on your new residence! All you have to do now is figure out how to pack and move everything without destroying the bank, your delicate lamp, or your back. It's a good thing we put up this list of basic moving and packing recommendations to ensure your relocation go as smoothly as possible.
How do we know these pointers will make your relocation go as smoothly as possible?
We called Johannesburg Movers and asked them for their best advice. If you require moving, packing or storage contact Johannesburg Movers, who will take care of all the hard lifting for you.
So relax, grab a snack, and get ready to dig in!
Okay, maybe not everything, but the less stuff you have to pack up, carry across town, unload, and organize, the less you'll have to pack up, drag across town, unpack, and arrange.
Ellen Delap, a certified professional organizer, suggests decluttering your house as soon as you know you'll be moving. Be ruthless with your belongings. That beautiful coat you've had for four months but haven't worn? Make a donation. The first coffee machine you ever bought the one that infuses your morning drink with rust? It should be thrown away. The most significant influence on the speed and simplicity of the whole packing procedure will come from a huge preparatory purge.
Organize your stuff by category rather than by room (notice that the category component only pertains to the organizing process, not the unpacking - that's a whole other story). Spend an afternoon sifting through every item of clothes you possess instead of a day clearing out your whole bedroom. Look through every coat closet, filthy clothes basket, and laundry room until you've gathered all of your belongings. After that, sort.
Carry the same precautions with books, shoes, vital papers, and other valuables.
Check with your local liquor shop to see if they recycle their empty boxes (this is where you can buy the aforementioned wine). If that's the case, ask if you may take a handful so you can save some paper on your move. Simply make sure the boxes are in good condition and that you only use them to store light goods like linens and towels. On the big day, you don't want to deal with shredded boxes and shattered treasures.
Your flat screen TV may appear to be able to endure a 30-minute journey across town in a cardboard box, but it is a delicate piece of electronics. The easiest method to move your gadgets is to keep them in the packaging they came in when you bought them.
Check to see if you have these cartons stored somewhere — attic? Basement? Garage? Make a note of everything you'll need to buy or borrow to adequately cushion your belongings if you don't already have them.
Quilted blankets, bubble wrap, and strong tape are all effective ways to preserve televisions and other fragile goods.
Several weeks before your move, pack up all of your paintings and ornamental things. Because these items are delicate and frequently strangely shaped, taking a little additional effort to figure out how to properly cushion them is essential.
Labeling all of your packed boxes correctly and clearly is the key to quickly finding your belongings. Because you won't be able to view the tops of the boxes while stacking them in a van or car, label the sides as well. Don't stop there, though. To expedite the unloading procedure, label the boxes by category and room (for example, Books, Library Books and Bedroom).
Heavy furniture, such as couches and sectionals, should be loaded first. Then add lighter objects like your DIY nightstand and foldable chairs that serve as clothes hangers to complete the look.
Be careful with everything, as most objects that appear to be made of wood are actually constructed of particle board.
Stack and load boxes in groups according to the labels' room designations. Put everything in the kitchen together, the bedroom together, and the living room together. This allows you to unload all of the boxes from the same rooms at the same time, making unpacking a breeze.