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Moving into a new house is all wonderful and exciting until you start to think about how much stuff you actually have to move. These tips will make your life so much easier!

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    1. Pack an overnight bag containing all of the essentials

    2. Pack the items you will need first in a clear plastic box

    3. Wrap your breakables in bubble wrap or clothes

    4. For extra padding, pack your glasses with clean socks

    5. As well as labelling your boxes, add what room they will be going in to

    6. Number your boxes so you know which ones to unpack first

    7. If you can, clean your new home before you move in

    8. Place extra cotton pads or balls in your powder cosmetics to stop them cracking or breaking

    9. Cover the openings to your toiletries with cling film and reseal them

    10. Place your plates vertically when you pack them up – they’re less likely to break this way

    11. Keep sandwich/freezer bags handy for loose screws and parts when dissembling furniture and tape them to one of the parts

    12. Take a photo of how the where the wires go behind the tv and other electricals. This will come in handy when it comes time to transport your TV

    13. Cut down on boxes by using your laundry basket, hampers and suitcases to pack items

    14. Putting clothes already on a hanger in a large bag or bin bag will save you so much time

    15. Vacuum pack out of season clothing and teddies

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    16. If your friends are helping you move, give them first dibs on unwanted items

    17. Make sure you are completely packed before your friends or the removal company shows up

    18. If you have fragile items, such as valuable art or a piano, it may be worth hiring professionals to help you move. Here is our guide on How to Pack Fragile Items for Moving

    19. If you are renting, take photos of the condition you are leaving the property in, and the condition of the new property before moving in

    20. Fill in nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap

    21. Change your address 2 weeks before moving into your new home

    22. If you realise you don’t need some of your possessions in your new home, consider donating and selling them

    23. If you’re moving within the same city or area, consider hiring someone to look after children or pets. If you’re moving further away, check out these articles on how to make moving with children and pets be as stress-free as possible

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    24. Remember to defrost your fridge and unplumb your washing machine at least a day before the move

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