Maybe you’ve never moved house before, or perhaps you’re no newbie to the moving process and you know just how challenging it can be. Either way, the team here at Kiwi Movers has created a helpful guide on how to pack to move house, complete with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

What are the first things to pack when moving?

Knowing what to pack first when moving is key to reducing stress during the packing and moving process. If you were to create a packing order checklist, children’s books and toys would come first, followed by ornaments, cushions and throws. Next would be out-of-season coats, clothes, shoes, and books, then unused kitchen gadgets or Tupperware and other dinnerware, mugs or glasses you can do without for a couple of weeks.

This is also a good time to remove items from garages, sheds, etc. as it’s unlikely you’ll be needing them.

How do you pack awkward items to move?

Some items simply require more than bubble wrap and a box to be moved efficiently. In addition to a team of fit and capable movers, Kiwi Movers also has a host of removals equipment that allows heavy, large and awkwardly shaped pieces of furniture to be moved, even when faced with obstacles such as narrow hallways or multiple flights of stairs.

How do you declutter before moving (declutter and donate)?

Consider how much space you’re going to have in your new home to help you decide whether to get rid of extras or move them with you. You can then eliminate unwanted items easily by sorting through items that are either still boxed, not used or expired.

Items that never made it out of boxes are unlikely to be precious enough to move. The same goes with clothes or items that you’re unlikely to use again. Food or medications past their expiry date just take up space and are dangerous – toss them at the first opportunity.

Packing supplies you need

Before you pack anything, you’ll need to ensure you have the right packing materials – bubble wrap, heavy-duty boxes, parcel tape etc. You can order boxes of various sizes and other essentials required to seal those boxes directly from us. 

Start with rooms and items you use less often

As mentioned above, starting with rooms you use less often takes some of the stress out of the moving process. Packing items from your spare room or from the back of your wardrobe allows you to get a head start on packing without leaving you scrambling for anything you may still need.

Make a detailed inventory list

Although this may seem a tedious process, making a detailed inventory list allows you to keep track of what you have, what you need, and what has already been done. Speaking of…

Pack one room at a time

For the same reasons mentioned above, packing one room at a time helps you to keep track of what still needs to be done, decreasing the chances of becoming overwhelmed. Kiwi Storage services may come in handy if you need a place to keep extras such as furniture during the packing process.

Use plastic bags for spillable items

We offer expert use of packaging materials and ensure that your items are properly looked after during the moving process but if you wish to package items yourself, we advise that you use plastic bags for spillable items.

When it comes to packing toiletry items, opt for a sturdy box and some plastic bags. You could simply place the items in plastic bags and seal them or you could unscrew the caps, place a plastic bag over the neck of each bottle and then screw the caps back on to secure the liquid.

Roll your clothes

Rolling your clothes is easier and more practical than folding them. Not only this, but it also reduces the amount of space they take and, bonus, makes it less likely that wrinkles will appear.

Use roll tubes to pack cables and appliance wiring

To avoid wires from getting tangled, use toilet roll tubes to pack them all individually. Once they’re packed, label them and store them in a single box to prevent them from getting lost.

Store all of your valuables in one place

Pack all of your valuables together and make an inventory so nothing gets lost or forgotten. Alternatively, consider renting a secure storage container. The containers at Kiwi are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can ensure maximum security for your most beloved items.

Take all of your documents with you

If you can fit all of your documents like passports and birth certificates into one box, pack them in a high-quality box and put them in your car to take with you. If you run a business or otherwise have a lot of documents to transport, consider an office removal service to help you.

Why choose Kiwi Movers to help you move?

At Kiwi Movers, we pride ourselves in being the best in the business, especially when it comes to understanding our city. We’ve spent a lot of time working and studying London and the surrounding areas to make us experts at moving and removals into, out of, and around the city. We aren’t just a removals team either – we provide comprehensive problem-solving services to help you get things done in the most efficient way possible.

It’s not just UK moves we can help with. We have got international expertise when it comes to removals, deliveries and shipping, so no matter where you’re coming from or going to, we’ll be able to assist in the process.

If you’re interested in making use of our professional removals process or finding out more about our storage spaces, or our shipping services, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team is always on hand to help answer any questions you may have or get the ball rolling on utilising our services.

Call us or enquire online today to discuss options relating to removals, storage, shipping, cleaning, and more!