Just now i have shifted house to another country and shifting everything with two small kids was biggest challenge for me. At one side we were leaving family ,friends, own house and other side was shifting along with two little kids.It was difficult to leave all beautiful memories behind and start again fresh at new place. But for my husband’s job we have to shift to new place. I have done shifting house many times in the past and every time I felt lost with my own stuff . I got exhausted and super tired all these times by packing and unpacking things.
That’s why this time i decided to be more systematic and do planned packing and unpacking for hassle free shifting. I started packing /unpacking/ planning of all stuff much before actual date of shifting. I made lists of things and list list of To-Do’s. From children’s school certificates to medical reports Collected everything before hands.I packed all extremely necessary things for traveling like children’s clothes ,food shoes is separate bag.Traveling along with children is tedious task so make a list of all essential things before hand and don’t pack these things with your main boxes packing.Also carry lots of dry snacks , fruits and food necessary while traveling and dry snacks can be used for initial few days at new place.
I learnt few things from my past shifting experiences to avoid this lost feeling and here are few things which i take care now while shifting house. Try these workable tricks for convenient shifting of house
# 1. Selection
While shifting house lots of things have to be taken care like from selecting between containers /couriers movers and packers. if shifting furniture the get estimate from movers like container
are good for shifting furniture,But for stuff like clothes/ utensils courier services are also ok.
And for international shifting its again difficult to find out perfect mode of transfer. There are various companies available with variety of rates from cheaper to expensive. Select proper option like transfer by ship, transfer by air, transfer by road and then get best deals for it with regionable rates. Bargain before finalizing provided rates. Make sure to send all stuff prior to reaching at your destination so that on reaching everything is already available. I selected reliable courier service for sending all household stuff.
Sort everything in groups which you want to pack for taking along with.Make separate groups of all things like Clothes , Books , Toys ,Medicines , Utensils ,Electronic gadgets ,crockery .Count the items and make list of it.Keep this list with you for verifying while packing and unpacking.
Sorting in this way makes packing very easy. Similar things can be packed together.
Electronics gadgets have different packing for protecting them from damages. Bubble wrap are used mostly. Throw all unnecessary things which are not used or won’t be used . I have thrown many broken toys (Which my kids were not playing with and still were lying in their toy baskets) , old cloths, school bags , pile of newspapers , old books . Its better to donate these things to needy instead of throwing.
# 3. Weighing
Weighing is necessary when you are shifting stuff by air/Courier/Ships for charging . Weighing scale is important gadget as everything can be weighed and packed for future reference and charging . By weighing prior final estimate can be bargained for good deal. Digital weighing scales are easily available and can be used with convenience.
Pack all weighted things in separate boxes. pack boxes as per need like kitchen utensils in separate box.Bath essentials in separate box , bedroom accesaries in separate box.mention it clearly on box by using marker pen.
- Kitchen box (Pack all utensils and kitchen aids)
- Bedroom box (Pack all bed sheets,blankets,quilts,pillow covers,pillows)
- Toys box(Pack all toys by sorting like plastic ,soft toys)
- Crockery (Bubble wrap and pack crockery separately)
By packing things in above way half of the work gets done by this trick as while setting home no need to find out things. Just check the details written outside and open the box and arrange things in respective room . I packed separate box for children as they need so many things .And it becomes difficult to face their tantrums when kids don’t get favorite doll while sleeping or favorite plate while eating. This marked packing helped me lot and of super convenience.
Select (Lift) a box according to rooms. Like enter kitchen with boxes on which kitchen is written. And just start unpacking and setting simultaneously.For setting children room i got everything from clothes to favorite soft toys and from tooth brush to their regular vitamins on time. I just opened the boxes and within 20 minutes i could set kids room as well.Involve your kids also in setting their rooms.Assign small work like separating toys , clothes , towels,books and clothes folding to children. Believe me kids will love to help you and enjoy setting new house.Don’t
hesitate to take help from husband, friends or helper for initial cleaning and setting things.As doing everything alone may worsen the lost feeling and unnecessary tiredness.
By following these pre planned tips it saved my lots of energy and time too.This time shifting house and all stuff became pleasure.If you have any more tips used for shifting house please share with us in comments.
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