This is a golden opportunity to dejunk all those unwanted and
unused articles before moving to a new house. For hoarders this is
the ideal time to chuck away all that clutter they’ve been
stocking in the hope that it’ll be of use some day, never mind if
that day never comes! So, throw away all that paraphernalia that’s
not been used for a year or more and start afresh.
Designate a colour for each room of the house(yellow=kitchen,
orange=dining room, etc.) Add coloured stickers next to the box number
on the box and the labourers will know where to put everything. In
your new home , put a matching sticker on the door to each room. You
can also direct them to place the boxes in a designated room, away
from the heavy furniture.
Put related items
together: Things that have to
be fixed or used with each other should be packed together . Keep
light bulbs with lamps, extension cords with appliances. Keep larger
items (such as a cable TV cord) in small bags, and tape these to the
underside or back of the item. You can demarcate a separate bag for
such odds and ends like cables, cords, parts, nuts or nails that are
removed from any items of furniture.
Get packing in
advance: Don’t wait till
the last few days to pack your stuff. You can even pack your little
personal knick-knacks like shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out
of a travel cosmetic case for the last week or two. Pare down cooking
utensils and food supplies to bare essentials. Wastebaskets can also
be packed while you switch to using plastic garbage bags .
luggage: If you’re moving
locally, the best thing is to fill some sturdy shopping bags or
skybags with items such as shoes, sweaters, suits and linen and ferry
them across in your car. Hanging clothes can be moved as it is in the
car or you can place the delicate items in dry cleaning bags. Else,
you can fill the bottom of big cartons with some of the shopping bags
and top them with other stuff.
items: Safeguard your prized
or delicate possessions like crockery, silverware, crystal collection,
antiques,etc, by packing them separately in special cartons and not
bunching them with the heavy boxes.
papers with you: Your list of "important" papers might
include: birth certificates, school records, insurance policies, tax
papers, recent bank records, current bills, phone lists, etc. It is
best to carry them with you in briefcases.
Personal boxes: Use
separate coloured skybags for each family member to fill items which
they'll want 'right away' in the new home, like slippers, towels,
shaving kit, comb, night suit, etc.