Part 3: Get Moving! Proven Tips for How to Pack for Moving House from the UK to France

Moving house can be an overwhelming experience, but it doesn’t have to be! With some expert guidance and tried-and-true tips, you can turn this monumental task into a well-organized, stress-free process. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to pack for moving house like a pro, covering everything from gathering essential supplies to unpacking strategies. Let’s get moving!

Key Takeaways

  • Gather essential packing supplies for a stress-free move.
  • Create a timeline and pack room by room with helpful hacks.
  • Label boxes, protect fragile items, and prepare for moving day!

Gathering Essential Packing Supplies

Start packing by assembling necessary supplies such as:

  • Sturdy cardboard boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Markers

Opt for high-quality, strong heavy boxes that can handle the weight of your belongings. If you’re using old boxes, cover up any old labels and make sure they’re still in good shape. Consider purchasing a moving home kit, which includes bubble wrap, tape, different-sized boxes, and plastic bags for smaller items. To save money, you can also source free materials from local retailers or friends who have recently moved. With these packing tips for moving, you’ll be well-prepared for a smooth transition.

When choosing boxes, keep in mind how much stuff you need to pack. Heavy items like books should go in smaller boxes, while lighter items can be packed in large boxes. Packing materials like towels, linens, and even socks can double as protective cushioning for delicate items.

Several days before the move, assemble necessary moving supplies like:

  • box cutters
  • adhesive bandages
  • permanent markers
  • packing tape
  • paper towels
  • rubbish bags

Creating a Packing Timeline

Formulating a packing timeline fosters a smooth and stress-free move. It’s best to begin packing at least seven weeks before your move. Planning ahead allows you to declutter, sort, and pack your belongings more efficiently, making the moving process much easier. Start by decluttering your home, getting rid of items you no longer need or want. You can sell unwanted items on sites like Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, or donate them to charity.

After decluttering, follow these steps to pack and label your items:

  1. Establish a packing station for boxing and labeling items.
  2. Begin packing non-essential items first, such as seasonal decorations and rarely-used kitchen gadgets.
  3. As you pack, label boxes with the room they belong to and a brief description of their contents.
  4. This will make the unpacking process much more organized and efficient.

Room-by-Room Packing Strategy

Adopting a room-by-room packing strategy will help you stay organized and make unpacking at your new home a breeze. Focus on one room at a time, starting with less frequently used spaces like guest bedrooms and storage rooms. This method allows you to keep track of what you’ve packed and ensures nothing gets left behind.

We’ll explore some detailed packing tips for bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.

Bedroom Packing Tips

When packing your bedroom, wardrobe boxes are a lifesaver for hanging clothes. These boxes allow you to easily transfer your clothes on hangers from one closet to another, without having to fold and rehang them. When disassembling bedroom furniture, keep all screws and bolts together in a sealable plastic bag and tape it to the corresponding piece of furniture. This will prevent any misplaced hardware and make reassembly a breeze in your new home.

Upon arrival at your new home, prioritize setting up your bed first. A refreshing night’s sleep is crucial for managing the remainder of the unpacking process. To ensure your mattress stays safe during the move, consider wrapping it in a dust sheet, old blanket or stretch wrap. This will help to keep dirt and damage away from the surface of the mattress.

Kitchen Packing Hacks

Packing your kitchen requires extra care, especially when dealing with sharp knives, fragile glasses, and delicate plates. To safely pack knives, wrap them securely in paper and ensure the blades are facing away from you. Glasses should be wrapped in bubble wrap with the widest part facing down.

For dishes, wrap each one in packing paper, bundle 5-6 together with more paper, and place them on their sides in the box with plenty of padding above and below. Stack pots and pans with paper or bubble wrap in between to protect non-stick coatings from scratches.

Bathroom Packing Essentials

Before packing your bathroom, clear out any expired medications and use up any cleaning supplies that you don’t want to take with you. Pack essential toiletries and linens in a separate box or bag to ensure easy access once you arrive at your new home.

To keep toiletries, appliances, and beauty products safe during the move, use an essentials box with garbage bags or towels for added protection.

Protecting Fragile Items

Fragile items require extra attention when packing for a move. Here are some tips to help you pack them safely:

  1. Wrap delicate items like glassware, ceramics, and electronics in bubble wrap, towels, or linens to provide extra cushioning and protection.
  2. Use proper packing techniques like wrapping each item individually and placing them in boxes with plenty of padding above and below.
  3. If you have valuable antiques or artwork, consult with your removals company for specialist packing services and extra insurance coverage, if necessary.

For large furniture pieces that can’t be disassembled, consider using specialist blanket wraps to protect them from scratches and damage during transit. Taking the time to properly pack and protect your fragile items will ensure their safe arrival at your new home.

Maximizing Box Space

To make the most of your available box space, follow these top packing tips:

  1. Stack items and fill gaps with packing materials like bubble wrap, towels, or linens.
  2. Arrange items in the box so that they fit snugly together, minimizing empty spaces and providing additional support during transit.
  3. Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes to prevent damage and make lifting easier.

When packing boxes, be mindful of the following:

  • Do not overfill the pack boxes, as this can cause them to break under the weight of their contents.
  • Maximize box space by organizing items efficiently.
  • Use proper packing techniques to ensure the safety of your items during transportation.

By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to pack and transport more items safely and efficiently.

Labeling and Organizing Boxes

Proper labeling and organization of boxes facilitates a seamless unpacking process. Here are some tips to help you label and organize your boxes effectively:

  1. Clearly label each box with the room it belongs to.
  2. Include a brief description of the contents of each box.
  3. Add any special handling instructions, such as “fragile” or “heavy”.
  4. Consider using color-coded labels for easy identification. Assign a specific color to each room in your new home.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your unpacking process is efficient and organized.

Involving your children in the labeling process can help them feel more connected to the move and excited about their new home. Let them choose the colors for their room labels and help them write the descriptions on the boxes. This will keep them engaged and make the moving process more enjoyable for the whole family.

Handling Valuables and Important Documents

Exercise caution when packing valuables and important documents such as birth certificates, passports, and bank account statements, ensuring they are kept together in a secure folder or box. It’s a good idea to transport these items personally during the move, ensuring their safety and giving you peace of mind.

If you have valuable antiques, artwork, or other irreplaceable items, consult with your removals company about specialist packing services and extra insurance coverage, if necessary. Taking extra precautions with your valuables and important documents will help ensure their safe arrival at your new home.

Preparing for Moving Day

As the moving day draws near, here are some tips to ensure a smooth and stress-free moving day:

  1. Pack an essentials bag with items such as toothbrushes, deodorants, a change of clothes, important documents, and necessary electronics.
  2. Charge your phone and coordinate with your moving team to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  3. Double-check that all boxes are packed and ready to go, and make any necessary last-minute adjustments.

On moving day, wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes to protect yourself during the move. Keep a first aid kit on hand just in case of any minor injuries. With proper preparation, you can ensure a successful and stress-free moving day for you and your family.

Unpacking Strategies

Upon arrival at your new residence, tackle the unpacking process with a strategic approach. Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Focus on essential items first, like toiletries, bedding, and clothes.
  2. Set deadlines for unpacking each room to stay organized and motivated.
  3. Recycle empty boxes as you go to keep your new space clutter-free.
  4. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it’s okay to take breaks and explore your new area to make the process more enjoyable.

As you unpack, refer back to the color-coded labels on your boxes to ensure items are placed in their designated rooms. Working through one room at a time will help you stay organized and ensure a smooth unpacking process. Before you know it, your new house will start to feel like home.


In conclusion, packing for a move doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. By following our proven tips, you can transform the moving process into a well-organized and stress-free experience. From gathering essential packing supplies to implementing a room-by-room strategy and mastering unpacking techniques, you’ll be well on your way to a successful move. Now that you’re equipped with all the knowledge you need, it’s time to get moving and make your new house a home!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long before moving house should you start packing?

Start packing your home around two months before your move to reduce stress and make the process more organized.

What is the best way to pack when moving house?

Make sure to start early, have a clear-out and make a checklist; pack heavy items into small boxes, light items into big boxes, and use paper and bubble wrap for padding. Label each box by room and contents and tape them securely before loading the larger items first.

What is the fastest way to pack a house for moving?

For a last-minute move, pack clothes efficiently, use dishwasher safe containers for dishes and glasses, label each box with the corresponding room it belongs to, pack essentials and important documents, and pack as much as possible the night before to save time.

Where do I start packing when moving house?

To get started on the packing process, start by decluttering and getting all your necessary supplies. Then move from top to bottom through each room, packing similar items together and labelling each box with its contents and the room it belongs in. Finally, pack up any furniture or items from the garage or shed.

What are some alternative packing materials I can use to save money?

Save money on packing materials by getting creative: try using towels, bed linens, socks, egg cartons, and paper towel rolls as cushions for your fragile items.

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