Tricks for pack­ing and mov­ing quickly

Lesotho Times - - Propnoever- Y -

WHEN it comes to mov­ing, ide­ally you would want some lead time to be able to pre­pare and get ev­ery­thing in or­der.

How­ever, due to cer­tain cir­cum­stances, Adrian Goslett, Re­gional Direc­tor and CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa, says time is not al­ways a lux­ury that some peo­ple have.

Af­ter Theresa May took over as Britain’s new prime min­is­ter, for­mer prime min­is­ter Dave Cameron had just 48 hours to va­cate 10 Down­ing Street.

“Un­like most of us, Cameron was for­tu­nate enough to not have to do the pack­ing him­self - pro­fes­sional movers ar­rived with 330 boxes, 30 rolls of tape and three rolls of bub­ble wrap,” says Goslett.

Hope­fully the next time you move you have as much help, but if not, Goslett pro­vides a few tips to help max­imise the time you do have: 1. Cre­ate a pack­ing sta­tion A lot of time can be wasted by con­stantly try­ing to find items around the home, such as the scis­sors, boxes or bub­ble.

Pick a place in the home that can be used as a pack­ing sta­tion and keep the re­quired items to­gether. Stock the pack­ing sta­tion with plenty of tape, boxes in var­i­ous sizes, bub­ble wrap, news­pa­pers and mark­ers. 2. Have a plan of ac­tion Hav­ing a strat­egy and stick­ing to it will help make the process a lot smoother.

Es­sen­tial items should be packed to­gether in spe­cially marked boxes. In­cluded in these items will be things that you would want on the first day in the new home, such as bed sheets, pet food, elec­tron­ics charg­ers, toi­letries and a change of cloth­ing.

Pack­ing one room at a time and la­belling the boxes by room will help en­sure that items stay ac­counted for. It is help­ful to colour code the rooms and mark the boxes ac­cord­ingly with mark­ers, stick­ers or coloured tape.

3. Get two dif­fer­ent colour rub­bish bags

To avoid con­fu­sion, have rub­bish bags in two colours - one for pack­ing and the other for throw­ing things away. A lot of space can be saved by pack­ing cloth­ing and linens into big plas­tic bags, as they can be squeezed into tight spa­ces be­tween boxes. 4. Fill draw­ers If you are us­ing pro­fes­sional movers to move and have not en- listed the help of friends who may have back is­sues, pack your dresser draw­ers with as many items as pos­si­ble - this will save both time and space. 5. Be mind­ful of weight It is best to pack heav­ier items in smaller boxes and fill big boxes with lighter items.

This will en­sure that the boxes are not too heavy to move, and will pre­vent them from break­ing, which will waste time and pos­si­bly dam­age the items that were in the box.

6. Don’t get hung up on clothes

Rather than tak­ing clothes off hang­ers, fold­ing them and pack­ing them in boxes, use wardrobe boxes. This will al­low you to sim­ply trans­fer your clothes on hang­ers in­side the spe­cially de­signed wardrobe box, sav­ing time and ef­fort. If you have the money… If you are not try­ing to save on costs - make use of pro­fes­sional pack­ers. They will pack your en­tire home, just a room or a group of time-con­sum­ing items, de­pend­ing on your needs.

“While mov­ing within a tight time­frame can be a daunt­ing task, if the right meth­ods are used it can be done, and will be far less stress­ful,” says Goslett.

PICK a place in the home that can be used as a pack­ing sta­tion and keep the re­quired items to­gether.

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