Key pieces of advice for those of you who are moving into a new home
Use moving boxes
Pack your belongings in regular moving boxes. Moving boxes are designed for their purpose: they can take a few knocks and are easy to handle when you need to store and stack them. This allows you to make better use of the moving van and the storage unit. Jot down the contents on each of the moving boxes and storage boxes – this will make it easier for you to find your belongings again.
Use tape and tissue paper
Use tissue paper instead of old newspapers for wrapping fragile items. In this way you avoid remnants of printing ink. It is often worth the effort to tape the paper onto the item, and the broad tape is terrific for keeping together the special screws for the wall lamps – it is a good idea to tape the screws onto the cord.
Avoid the classic mistakes
Do not pack all your books or wine bottles into the same moving box. One single book or one single bottle does not weigh much, but a moving box full of books is very heavy. You should also pack your drinking glasses and porcelain in more than one moving box. Your fine crystal glasses won’t survive if they are on top of each other in the same box, and if they are put down a bit too hard.