How to Pack for Moving Day: 8 Packing Tips for a House Move

07 February 2019

How to Pack for Moving Day: 8 Packing Tips for a House Move

Moving house is a stressful business...

How am I going to pack up all my stuff? How many boxes do I need? What size boxes do I need? The list goes on...

We have some top tips for moving house below.

1. Pack early

It takes time to pack and organise household items. Taping and labelling cardboard boxes on moving day is by no means ideal and will only add stress to the day. 

2. Start packing up rooms you use least often

The dining room? Under the stairs? Start out by packing up items that are not going to be used right before you move house. This means you can start packing much earlier for peace of mind.

3. Pack one room at a time

Trying to pack up multiple rooms can give you a real headache. Start a room, then finish it, before moving onto the next. 

4. Don't overload your boxes

The last thing anybody needs is a bad back just in time for moving day. Try not to put more than 15kg into a cardboard box, to avoid unnecessary injuries. 

5. Use wardrobe boxes to hang clothes during transit

Fine clothes? Use Wardrobe Cartons! We all have our prized possessions, for some they are fine garments. Avoid creases and damage by using conventional hanging garment boxes (wardrobe boxes). Even for regular day-to-day clothing it's so much easier to move them in these specialist boxes. Complete with a plastic hanging rail, they are very easy to use. 

wardrobe boxes for hanging garments

6. Fill in the gaps

Do not pack items and leave empty space inside each cardboard box. This can cause the cardboard box to crush and potentially damage your items. You can fill the gaps with bubble wrap, packing paper or light items like scarves that can be stuffed into any extra spaces within the box.

7. Load the heaviest boxes onto the van first

Stacking heavy boxes on top of light boxes means only one thing...crush damage! Your heaviest boxes should form the bottom layer within the van or be pushed to the back. This also means you don't hurt yourself by trying to lift heavier boxes higher than necessary.

8. Label every box

There is nothing worse than arriving at your shiny new home and second guessing where to put all of your boxed up possessions. Labelling by room is okay but you can actually list items in each box too for extra sanity. If you are using a removals company then proper labelling means that you do not have to decide where each box should go on the big day: your removal professionals will have a clear guide already. 

Those are our top 8 tips for packing for moving day. We hope you have a stress-free move! 

If you are wondering which boxes to use for your house move, our removal boxes category includes our top picks that we know are popular for this purpose, and we wrote an article about choosing the right boxes and packing materials too. For the removals trade you'll find a selection of boxes to buy in bulk for your customers. For individuals who aren't being supplied with boxes already, we have put together moving kits for small and large houses which include boxes, tape and bubble wrap:

Small house removal kits

Large house removal kits (with wardrobe cartons)

moving house box kit

Last updated: February 12th 2021