I consider myself the queen of packing. During my four years at Leicester, I have had to move around a lot, more than most. Year 1 (2013/14), I had to move from London to Leicester, and then from my university accommodation to my second-year accommodation. Year 2 (2014/15), I moved home to London in the summer, and then moved to France in August for my year abroad. At the end of Year 3 (2015/16), I moved back home to London. Year 4 (2016/17), I moved to Leicester and then had to move back home, which I did yesterday.
During all of this, I had to perfect my packing technique, and I’ve gotten so good. I can pack everything in one day (and that’s saying something because I have a lot of stuff, mostly books). And I’m going to share some of my packing tips.
- Pack similar items in the same box – it’s easy to pack books in one box, but when it comes to things like bedside lamp and water filter, it is hard to find where to place them. You can then pack these items according to where they go. Instead of just bedroom items, you can have a box of items that go on your bedside table.
- Have labels and itinerary for every item – It is easier to unpack things if you have labels on the boxes. Having an itinerary allows you to keep tabs on all your items, and it is easier to know if you’ve lost something on the move. Have an itinerary inside every box of the items in each box.
- Downsize items when possible – If you have half empty items in jars, such as coffee, it is easier, and more convenient to pack if you downsize into a freezer bag instead. That way you can recycle the jar and still keep the coffee without wasting. Win win.
I hope these tips help you. And hopefully, I don’t have to move again in the next year and a half, packing is exhausting.