17 smart packing tips to make moving home a breeze

Moving home can be incredibly stressful. Before you break down in tears in a heap on the floor, check out our top packing tips to help alleviate the pain.

If you’ve got any tips you’d love to add, please comment below – and remember to share this article, we’re trying to spread the word of Expert Home Tips!

1. Bag hanging clothes

clothes in bin bags
From one clothes rack to another – with ease.

This is a great tip for when you’re moving. Grab a black bin-liner bag and gather your hanging clothes. Put a rubber band around the hangers for some extra support if you want. Once you get to your new home, hang up your clothes and remove the bag. Easy as pie!

2. Pack a “1st Day Box”

1st Day box
Don’t forget to include a treat or two, you deserve it!

Grab a box and fill it with all the essentials you’ll need on the first day. Include toilet paper, mugs, teabags, milk, scissors, bin bags and why not add a celebratory tipple? Remember to keep it with you on your journey to your new home, so it doesn’t get mixed with rest of your belongings and lost.

3. Put things in things

things in things
Like Russian Dolls, but with packing things.

Never leave a space empty that could be filled with smaller things. Grab your pots and put spices in them, make sure every nook and cranny is being used sensibly.

4. Use coloured tape

using different colour tape on boxes
So pretty AND so practical.

Grab yourself some different coloured tape – I’ve used Washi tape above. Use different colours for different rooms so it’s easy to signify which room you want the boxes to go in. This makes things easier for all the box lifters to know where to go at your new home.

5. Write a list

Write as you go, so you don’t miss anything out.

As you pack your boxes, keep a note of all their contents. It’s a good idea to number them so if you’re missing a box it’s easy to see what you’re missing. You can also then decide which boxes are more important to unpack on the first day.

6. Label plugs

Organised electrical items, how very pleasing.

Electrical wires can be a nightmare, so save yourself time and label your plugs so you can quickly work out what goes where / what does what. You could even take a photo of your set up so at your new home you don’t have to think about where everything goes.

7. Protect breakables

newspaper and bubble wrap
Precious mugs need to be secure.

Keep delicate items secure in boxes by inserting paper inside them and bubble wrap on the outside. This will help to prevent any tears in your new home upon un-boxing. If you’re really worried about some items, do keep them near to you on the journey – this way they won’t be underneath other boxes and you won’t worry about them being damaged.

8. Ziplock

Prevent all spillages.

Use ziplock bags to group bathroom items together to help protect any spillages from occurring. Try to remember not to group products such as shampoo and toothpaste together though, you might end up with a nasty surprise when you go to brush your teeth!

9. Roll clothes

roll up clothes
Roll, roll, roll your clothes, gently in your bag.

I’m all for shoving clothes in black bin-liners bags, but the sensible thing should be to carefully pack your them away. Save more space by rolling clothes neatly, this will mean they won’t get creased.

10. Magic Eraser

magic eraser

Got pesky stains on your walls? I can highly recommend a ‘Magic Eraser’. Just add water to to your foam and stains will be removed with ease! It’s a good idea to test the eraser first on an unnoticeable section, as sometimes they can work a little too well.

11. De-clutter

too much stuff
But seriously, HOW did this happen?

If you find yourself spinning around the room with your hands on your head asking “WHY is there SO MUCH STUFF?”, then it’s probably a good idea to sort out this problem instead of just taking it all to your new home. It’s a good idea to clear the clutter before you move, so either sell it or give it away. Try places like Freecycle.org, Gumtree.com or head to your local charity shop.

12. Make up your new bed first

Oh sweet comfortable bed, how I’ve longed for you.

Make your bed as soon as you get into your new home. When you’re exhausted from all the moving, the last thing you want to be doing is making up your bed. Throw yourself into the first day of unpacking, and when it gets late you’ll be able to peacefully crawl into bed.

13. Involve the kids…

child box
One box per child.

Got children? Give them each a cardboard box. Tell them to pack their favourite toys, pyjamas, games and any cuddly toys and put them in your car on moving day. They could even decorate it, which will give you time to do other moving tasks. Your children can unpack their own boxes when you get to your new house, and the contents will make them feel right at home straight away.

14. …or don’t involve the kids!

pets and kids
“Hey, let’s just make ourselves scarce – we don’t want to be a nuisance!” said no child or pet ever.

Why not have your children and pets looked after for the first day of your new move? It will give you the chance to get the bulk of the work done, without having to worry about entertaining or looking after them. They’ll feel more at home once you’ve got most of your belongings set up!

15. Order food

Lashings of fruit and vegetables.

If you’ve packed your 1st Day Box, chances are you’ve sensibly included some first day snacks and already considered what take-away you deserve after a hard day unpacking. For day 2 at your new home, why not pre-emptively order an online food shop? You’ll be able to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables without leaving your house, so you can get on with all the important tasks – like more unpacking!

16. Wrap cutlery

Packing, the lazy way.

Tape and wrap up your cutlery draw as it is, to save time and effort packing and unpacking all the items. Once you’re in your new home, just take off the tape and paper and place in your brand new kitchen drawer. Easy!

17. Wear comfy clothes

Who cares about fashion when you’re lugging insanely heavy boxes around?

Pick out your comfiest (and most practical) outfit for moving day. You want to be able to move around with ease (think leggings, jogging bottoms) and also be able to take layers off when you get too hot (think cardigans, t-shirts).

Hope you’ve enjoyed these tips – and I wish you good luck with the move!


Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

  1. 1 susan bowden Reply

    If you’re moving and need bubble wrap, ask nicely at your local supermarket and they usually let you collect the bubble wrap sheets the apples etc. come packed in – these would otherwise be put with the waste. When my Mum moved both ASDA and Morrisons were very helpful and we didn’t need to buy any!

  2. 5 Kath Reply

    Instead of wrapping your plates and bowls individually in bubble wrap or newspaper, put paper plates between them – saves lots of time and you can use the paper plates for your first few meals to save on washing up!

    1. 6 Colleen B Reply

      That’s a brilliant tip Kath, thanks for that! Plus, washing up is just another unwanted chore while you’re unpacking everything…

  3. 7 Zoe Reply

    Wonderful tips and ideas! Moving can be overwhelming but luckily when everything is properly prepared it goes like a breeze, indeed! On of the top things that must be prepared is the first night box with all the essentials – toiletries, mugs, coffee, you name it!

    1. 8 Colleen B Reply

      Thanks Zoe, it’s great to hear you liked the post. Now if there were only magical fairies who did all the unpacking for you…

  4. 11 Jade L. Reply

    Golden tips! This is the best guide for packing I’ve found so far. I’m really grateful for this amazing post and will definitely share it with all my friends. I’m sure they will save it to favourites right away just as I did, and come back later. Keep being awesome and helping people get a stress free house move. THANK YOU!

  5. 19 Justin Gray Reply

    Tape moving boxes well. Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then use one of the movers’ techniques―making a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where stress is concentrated.

  6. 25 Revan Reply

    Sometimes it is very hard to find good content on this topic. But your blog is my way to desired information, my problem is solved now. Thanks for posting something worth reading. Great work.

  7. 29 Aashi Reply

    The most thoughtful and helpful tips I’ve found so far. This post is golden and by sharing it you help a lot of people. When I moved the first time I wish I had this article as my guide. This is why I’m bookmarking it now and sharing it on my fb wall. Thanks for existing and being awesome!

    1. 30 Stephanie C Reply

      Hi Aashi. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m so glad you found our tips useful and we really appreciate you sharing the post 🙂

  8. 31 Sahar Reply

    I am grateful to you for your help by sharing this great post.I had never read this type of good information.It was very helpful on my first moving.Once again thanks a lot.

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