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10 Packing hacks you need to know when moving

By Marla Ricafrente

Updated: November 18th, 2022

Making packing less painful, one hack at a time...

Are you moving house? Congratulations! It’s time to pack your whole life into a few boxes and cart it to your new place.

Deep breaths.

Now, packing and unpacking your home doesn’t need to be a totally painful process. Hopefully, with the trusty combo of a man with a van (or two) and our ten handy packing hacks, you’ll be all set:

Prepare a ‘first week’ bag

woman packing luggage
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Save yourself precious time by packing a separate bag of essentials that you’ll need as you settle in your new place.

Some say you’ll just need this for the first day, but let’s face it – you won’t get around to a lot of unpacking in the first week.

Cut out handles in your boxes

There’s nothing more satisfying than a row of freshly packed cardboard boxes. Now, how to get them from A to B?

Sure, you could get moving help, but why not try this nifty packing hack? Using a cutter, create handles on the side panels of your cardboard boxes, so they’re easier to carry.

Store jewellery in egg cartons

Jewellery lovers, you can’t deny that they’re pesky pieces to move. Necklaces get tangled, and pairs of earrings get cruelly torn apart.

Avoid this by using an old egg carton to store your jewellery in the little compartments.

Wrap cling film over drawers

packing with bubble wrap
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Why go through the hassle of removing every single item from your drawers and replacing it when you’re at your new place?

Simply tightly wrap any chests of drawers using heavy-duty plastic wrap and move them as is.

There is no need to worry about lugging your furniture around – there are plenty of skilled removalists in London who can help you with that.

Take hanging clothes in garbage bags

If you’ve finally got your closet to a semi-organised stage, it’s heartbreaking to have to fold up all your clothing to unpack and sort again at the other end.

Why not just scoop all the hanging clothes up in their hangers to carry over? Cover with garbage bags to avoid dust and damage along the way.

Use linens to wrap fragile items

Make your blankets and towels work a little harder by using them to wrap up any fragile objects such as crockery and paintings.

Rollover heavier items in wheeled suitcases

couple unpacking books from boxes
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Attention, bookworms! There’s an easy way to cart your favourite tomes to your new place. Store heavy items like books into wheeled suitcases to avoid lugging around painfully heavy boxes.

Why throw out your back if you don’t absolutely need to?

Store small items in sandwich bags

Does anyone actually use those very handy Ziplock bags for sandwiches? Get a stash for packing small items such as nails and makeup together. You know, the things that always manage to go astray.

Pad your glasses with clean socks

You can finally find some use for your thousands of stray socks with missing pairs. Just try and make sure they’re clean.

Need a helping hand with moving house in London? Book a local removal service with Airtasker today!


Marla Ricafrente

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