Moving: Where do I begin?
You probably know the most common question when moving: “Where did all this stuff I have to pack come from?” What used to be hidden in shelves and cupboards now needs a place in the moving box. This can add up to quite a few boxes – often more than you thought. But what’s the best way to start?
Packing smart is half the move
It makes sense to ask yourself the following questions early on:
Is there anything else I can get rid of before moving?
How many boxes do I need?
What accessories do I need to pack properly for my move?
What is the best way to pack moving boxes?
We’ve put together three quick tips and in-depth packing checklists for your move.
Three quick tips: Pack moving boxes properly
Prepare for your move
Recommendation: Packing for your move
Packing for the move: practical tips and checklists
Everything at hand, packed in a back-friendly way, and moved stress-free. Of course, moving is never that easy. These checklists ensure you’re well prepared for your move.
Checklist: What you need for a move
- 10 moving boxes per room: It’s better to plan generously so you don’t have to pack the boxes too heavily.
Clothes boxes for winter and ski clothes: You can store the boxes directly in the basement and your clothes are protected from dust.
Bottle packaging for wine: Bottles can be transported safely in packaging with compartments.
Bubble wrap or tissue paper for glass and dishes: Better than newspaper because the printer’s ink can rub off on 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.
Bag for screws: When you dismantle furniture, collect screws and other small parts in labeled bags.
Archive boxes for tax documents: You can transport important papers and documents in suitable boxes and store them directly in the basement.
Book boxes: Particularly stable and slightly smaller than normal moving boxes. To prevent your books from sliding around and buckling, place them back to back in the box.
Scale: If you want to make sure your boxes aren’t too heavy, have a bathroom scale handy.
- Clearly visible pen: Labeling boxes is the be-all and end-all when moving.
Checklist: Packing moving boxes properly
- Logical: Everyone has their own packing system, for example by room or by closet. Keep your system up and running so you don’t get confused when unpacking.
- Labeled and tagged: Label your moving boxes from several sides so you always have an overview. You can also mark boxes for your helpers or the moving company: For example with numbers or colors for each room.
- Don’t overloaded: Pack a maximum of 15 to 20 kilos per moving box. Take extra care when packing books, these boxes can quickly become too heavy.
- Heavy on the bottom: It’s best to pack folders and books on the bottom so sensitive items don’t get crushed.
- Fill empty spaces: If you’re packing delicate things, fill the spaces in the moving box with bubble wrap, tissue paper or towels.
- Pack valuables separately: If it’s close to your heart, fragile or valuable, pack it separately and transport it to your new home yourself.
- Secure plants: You can also pack small plants in boxes. Secure the pots with crumpled newspaper.
- Pack kids’ box: Moving with children is a special challenge. So that you have everything you need ready, pack an extra kids’ box with your favorite stuffed animals or toys, diapers, wet wipes, changing mats, baby food and picture books.