Relocation: Where do I start?
You probably know the most common question when moving house: "Where do all the things that I now have to pack in boxes actually come from?" What was previously hidden away on shelves and in cupboards now needs a place in a moving box. This can add up to quite a few boxes - often more than you expected. But what's the best way to start?
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Three quick tips: Packing moving boxes correctly
Prepare your move
Recommendation: Packaging for your move
Packing for the move: practical tips and checklists
Everything to hand, back-friendly packing, stress-free moving. Of course, moving is never that easy. But with these checklists, you'll be well prepared for your move.
Checklist: What you need for a move
- 10 moving boxes per room: It's better to plan generously so that you don't have to pack the boxes too heavily.
- Clothes boxes for winter and ski clothing: You can store the boxes directly in the cellar and your clothes are protected from dust.
- Bottle packaging for wine: transport bottles safely in packaging with compartments.
- Bubble wrap or tissue paper for glass and crockery: Better than newspaper, as the printing ink can stain sensitive surfaces.
- Edge protection for mirrors and frames: Put the protection over the corners.
- Covers for mattresses and pillows: You can transport textiles in practical mattress covers.
- Bags for screws: When dismantling furniture, collect screws and other small parts in labelled bags.
- Archive boxes for tax documents: You can transport important papers and documents in suitable boxes and store them directly in the cellar.
- Book boxes: Particularly sturdy and slightly smaller than normal moving boxes. To prevent your books from sliding into each other and the pages from creasing, place them back to back in the box.
- Scales: If you want to make sure that your boxes are not too heavy, have a bathroom scale ready.
- Clearly visible pen: Labelling boxes is the be-all and end-all when moving.
Checklist: Pack your moving box correctly
- Logical: Everyone has their own packing system, for example by room or by wardrobe. Stick to your system so you don't get mixed up when unpacking.
- Labelled and marked: Label your moving box from several sides so you always have an overview. You can also mark boxes for your helpers or the removal company: For example, with numbers or colours for each room.
- Do not overload: Pack a maximum of 15 to 20 kilos per box. Be particularly careful when packing books, as these boxes can quickly become too heavy.
- Put heavy items at the bottom: It is best to pack files and books at the bottom so that fragile items are not crushed.
- Fill cavities: If you are packing delicate items, fill any voids in the moving box with bubble wrap, tissue paper or towels.
- Pack valuable items separately: Anything that is close to your heart, fragile or valuable is best packed separately and transported to your new home yourself.
- Secure plants: You can also pack small plants in cardboard boxes. Simply secure the pots with crumpled newspaper.
- Packing children's boxes: Moving with children is a particular challenge. Pack an extra children's box with their favourite stuffed animals or toys, nappies, wet wipes, changing mat, baby food and picture books so that you have everything you need to hand.