Tips and tricks (with detailed timeline) to prepare yourself for house moving

There are a number of important things to consider when you are moving home. This article does not cover packing up furniture but all the other things that will have to be packed to move. Having moved home a number of times over the years I think I now have the experience to pass on to any novices! You’ll be thanked by your movers and taking the following advice will make your life much less stressful.

Collect boxes

When your home goes on the market start collecting boxes for packing and paper for packing. You can of course buy these but why would you? Be careful not to collect boxes which are too big to handle when full.

After the house is sold

As soon as your home is sold start packing. Start in the garage and the loft and the cupboard under the stairs: in other words any place that you store your ‘junk’. Get rid of anything you don’t use – to a car boot, charity shops, waste and so on. Pack all of the rest up unless you are absolutely sure you won’t use if before the move. The kitchen is a good place to go next. Pack everything you haven’t used in the last 3 months. If you haven’t used things for that period of time you certainly can do without them until you get to your new home. LABEL ALL BOXES – in these cases say Garage (or whatever) and label them URGENT or NON-URGENT. (You’ll be going back to the kitchen later)

Bedrooms next;- pack up shoes, clothing, handbags etc. that are for next season. In other words if it’s winter now pack up all of your summer clothes and vice versa. LABEL THESE BOXES – Bedroom 1 – SUMMER STUFF etc, etc. Do the same for each member of your household. (Go through all wardrobes and all drawers).

If you have a separate dining room where you store crockery – again pack up anything that hasn’t been used in a while and LABEL the boxes appropriately. i.e. what’s in them and which room in the new house they are destined for.


Most, if not all books can be packed in good time for the move. Don’t overpack boxes – they’ll burst open if you do and/or they’ll be too heavy to lift. LABEL the boxes and say which room they will be going in at the new house.

Sitting room(s)

Check all drawers and cupboards and pack anything you haven’t used in a while – EXCEPT PERSONAL PAPERS – passports, birth certificates, insurance documents and so on. If you haven’t already done this you should obtain a secure metal container and put all of these kinds of papers together. Put these somewhere safe (say in your bedroom) and keep them with you during your move. DON’T leave them in the removal van. As you go through your papers throw out anything you know you don’t need. (Moving house is a good opportunity to get rid of all of your rubbish in all of your rooms).

Nearer to the Move

Repeat all of the above about two weeks before you move and again one week before you move. At this stage you need to LABEL ALL BOXES VERY CAREFULLY – because these are the boxes you’ll need as soon as you move into your new home.

The day before the move

Pay close attention to this!!!!! – There are a couple of things I’ve learned in terms of moving which I think are absolutely essential to settling in quickly.

Pack up the basic bedding you will need for the first night in your new home and LABEL the box clearly. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR NEW HOME – MAKE UP THE BEDS. That way the moment you have had enough unpacking and you are very tired you can just fall into bed without having to think about where everything you need is! Don’t forget a couple of towels.

In an empty box – pack up a mug, a plate and basic cutlery for everyone involved in the move (including the movers). Also make sure you have, coffee, milk, tea, juice, sugar and a kettle. Pack some snacks and also something which you can easily turn into a meal, – your toaster; bread, soup, beans, eggs, pack of bacon – whatever you like but do plan in advance. Again, when you are suddenly tired and hungry and these things are readily available it feels great! Don’t forget a couple of tea towels and some washing up liquid. Plan this carefully for your own needs.

The day of the move

If you’ve labelled all of your boxes properly and got your beds made up and your food box to hand – the rest should be straightforward. You can take your time to plan how, when and what you will unpack over the coming days / weeks without feeling too tired and stressed. I hope you’ll be happy in your new home!