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Moving from one house to another is often a positive thing: often you move to a bigger house or to a place that’s more convenient in terms of work or peaceful living. The move is often great – the actual act of moving (the packing, loading, transporting, unloading, and unpacking) is often a very stressful experience, however. Fear of breaking items, forgetting things, time limitations, and an inability to keep track of things often leads to hectic, disorganised days. Luckily, there are things you can do to make the actual act of moving much more exciting and a lot less stressful. Here’s what you should keep in mind before packing for a major move.

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Take your time

Start planning everything well in advance – according to expert removal companies Cheltenham offers, like Advanced Removals & Storage, it’s going to take a longer time than you originally expect, for several reasons. First of all, you’ll notice long lost and forgotten items and deciding whether to keep them or throw they away can be difficult. Secondly, it’s tempting to remember the good old days when sorting through old photographs, so it won’t be a quick process. Thirdly, it’s quite common for the disassembly of a closet or bed to take longer than expected. Before you start packing, mark your calendar and mark it well in advance.

Think it through

Think about the packing process, and plan it in an organised manner. Start from the top of the house and work your way down. The loft or attic is always a good place to start. Buy a lot of boxes and tape – you’ll need more than you think.

Picture your first night

Think of it as a camping experience. You won’t be able to unpack and install everything on the first day, so it’s a great idea to have a camping bag for the family. Bring: food and snacks, plates and utensils. Also arrange for toiletries, sleeping bags, coffee, tea, drinks, and so on. Don’t forget a first aid kit and medicine.

Here’s one more tip – a very important one. When it comes to packing, there are some simple rules to follow that will make the process much more fun and speedy. First of all, pack starting from the top of the house to the bottom of the house. Start in the loft and go from room to room. Label your boxes in three ways. First label: item description. Second label: breakable or not. Third label: a colour-coded sticker to indicate in which room the item will be installed in the new house. Keeping the same colour-coded items together saves time unloading and unpacking. And last but certainly not least: pack heavy items in small boxes – it will make lifting a lot easier.