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How to make packing feel easy – Part 1

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Peter Donaldson

Who said that packing was a horrendous ordeal that leavesy you both physically and emotionally fatigued? Practically everyone who’s ever done it. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Of course, for a completely relaxed packing experience, it’s best to hand the job over in its entirety to your removals company, provided they offer such a service. Camp Hopson has a full packing/unpacking service and we use packers who understand everything from fragile goods, like China plates, through to grand pianos and valuable artworks. But if you’re going it alone, we can also offer advice to see you through. Here are some of our tips for making light work of packing so that it doesn’t overwhelm you or leave you feeling crushed and dispirited. We can’t promise that it’s ever going to be hugely enjoyable, but with a bit of insider knowledge at your disposal, it doesn’t need to be as taxing or tedious as you might have feared.

  • – Label all your boxes on every side, not just the top or one side as so many people often do. This will pay dividends at the other end of your journey because no matter where a box is unloaded, you’ll be able to see where it goes. Without doing this, you run the risk that the box will be placed with its label against the wall or another box and before long, confusion reigns.
  • – Declutter as you pack, so that you end up taking only what you actually use/need/want to your new home. Packing up a house is the perfect time for being briskly unsentimental and getting rid of things you haven’t used in years, simultaneously making your move lighter and easier.
  • – Turning to the clothes you keep on hangers, slide a bin liner over as many as will reasonably fit (perhaps five or more), tie up at the top, leaving the handles sticking out. Then repeat and repeat and you’ll find that within minutes you’ve packed a vast amount of apparel with absolutely no folding or sorting required.
  • – There’s a neat trick for storing tech wires and cables. You can roll them up and then stuff them into used loo rolls. Then, on the outside of the cardboard roll, write down which tech device they belong to. Alternatively, tape the loo roll to the appropriate device.
  • – When you’re dismantling anything, for example furniture, and you end up with screws, nuts, bolts etc, place them in a translucent bag (e.g. small freezer bag) and tape it to the applicable item.

These hints are just the tip of the iceberg – we have many more which we’ll share with you right here very soon.