Good house packing is the foundation of any successful move. If
you don't pack your belongings properly, then you risk breakage,
disorganisation, or even leaving valuables behind.
Although home packing may be the last thing that you want to do
to prepare for your move, early preparation and organisation is
essential to greatly reduce stress on your moving day. To get
started, gather the following basic home packing items to have on
hand during your move.
For a 5 to 6 bedroom home up to 915m², you will need the
following items. For a smaller home, cut the size of the house
packing list accordingly:
- 20 small moving boxes
- 10 medium moving boxes
- 8 large moving boxes
- 4 extra-large or specialty moving boxes
- 4 crates or heavy-duty boxes
- 1 electronics box
- 2 rolls butcher paper or bubble wrap
- 1 permanent marker
- 6 rolls box tape
- 1 box cutter.
Important house packing
Having gathered all the supplies you need, keep the following
tips in mind in order to make the house packing process even
- Don't pack boxes over 20kgs to make lifting easier and to
- Wrap all valuables or breakable items carefully in
- Cushion fragile items to absorb shock during the
- Use sturdy boxes that close completely.
- Seal all boxes with packing tape.
- Pack all boxes firmly so that items don't rattle or stick
out of a box.
- Try not to mix belongings from different rooms in one box
to stay organised.
With these tips in mind, it's now time to roll up your sleeves
and start the house packing process.
Several months before your move, you can begin packing out of
season items, like sweaters and winter coats if you are moving in
the summertime. Make sure to save until last, the items that you
will use most often prior to your moving day.
Instead of wasting all your butcher paper and bubble wrap on
your valuables, you can be thrifty by wrapping glassware in kitchen
and bath towels. This will provide even more protection and support
for fragile items and you'll also be "killing two birds with one
stone" by packing your towels and bedding at the same time.
Last but not least, remember to pack similar belongings in the
same box. It doesn't make any sense to pack delicate ornaments with
Try to pack all of the items in a box from one particular room to
stay organised and pack like items together to minimise breakage or
You can also greatly maximise space when house packing by
looking for any empty or hollow items to pack other belongings
into, in order to save space.
Top moving tip
Dresses and coats normally hung on a hanger should be packed in
a specialty wardrobe box with the hangers left on. You can save
space by packing your shoes at the bottom of the wardrobe box.