9 Creative Packing & Storage Hacks for a Smooth House Removal

House removals can be incredibly stressful. We see them every day — we know! For a super smooth house removal in Walthamstow, we’ve pulled together nine creative packing tricks to make your move as relaxed as possible. We even moved into why it’s a good idea to rely on professionals, plus some extra DIY hacks. 

Whether you need a packing service, furniture assembly, storage options, or an all-in-one moving solution, these moving hacks are going to make your house removal in Walthamstow easier than you ever thought possible.

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Colour-code your boxes

A top-notch packing tip is using a colour-coding system for your boxes, based on which room they’re for. Try assigning red for kitchen items, blue for living room stuff, and green for bedroom belongings. This can make packing and unpacking a whole lot smoother, especially for people who have an easier time organizing their lives through clear visuals.

You can use coloured tape, markers, or stickers for easy identification and even create a colour key matching each room — just don’t lose it! This method simplifies packing and unpacking in your new place and also helps your movers know exactly where to place each box. 

When you get to your new home, everything you need will be sorted out in different colours. Colour coding is also great for quickly spotting boxes with fragile items, ensuring they get the careful handling they need.

Label your boxes according to content

Besides assigning colours to your boxes, it’s also smart to label them with detailed descriptions of what’s inside. It’s nice to know which room each box belongs in according to colour, but it’s way more helpful to know exactly where everything you need is. This organisation hack not only streamlines your unpacking but also helps you figure out which boxes to open first based on what you need immediately.

When labelling, be as descriptive as possible. For instance, rather than just jotting down “kitchen”, specify “pots, pans, and baking sheets” for a clear snapshot of the contents. Don’t forget to add any special handling instructions like “fragile” or “this side up” to protect your items and assist your movers in handling them correctly during the move.

In our professional opinion, it’s actually best to use a combination of labelling and colour-coding to achieve maximum productivity and efficiency. For example, if all the kitchen items have red stickers/tape on them, it also helps to add specific labels in addition to the colours. With this combination, you know which boxes belong in what room, and where all its contents need to go.


Use professional packing equipment to protect fragile items

Safety should definitely be your priority — it doesn’t help to be incredibly efficient and fast if your items are at risk of damage or loss. You can pack up ten big boxes and move them in ten minutes, sure, but what if they bounce around in the truck and pick up some dents and scrapes?

Securing your fragile and valuable items during a move is of the utmost importance, and that’s where investing in professional-grade packing supplies comes in handy. Top-notch materials like bubble wrap, packing paper, and robust boxes are key to protecting delicate items such as glassware, antiques, and electronics from harm. 

After making sure that you’ve got some premium packing materials, ensure you’re using them the right way for peak efficiency. Make sure you wrap each item by itself and keep the smaller pieces separate. This really doesn’t take a lot of time, but it makes a big difference. It guarantees that your breakable belongings remain intact throughout the move. 

While it might be tempting to cut corners on packing supplies to save money, don’t. A small investment in quality packing solutions definitely beats the cost of repairing or replacing damaged items. It means less anxiety, better protection, and an easier move all around!

Maximise the space in your boxes

Space is everything during a house removal. You can never have too much of it! That being said, it’s important to use the space at your disposal carefully, efficiently, and safely. Don’t make the mistake of not filling your boxes enough or stuffing them too much. If boxes aren’t full enough, your items might move around and get damaged during transit. On the other hand, overly packed boxes could break or become too heavy to move safely. Neither sounds like a fun time — for your items or your wallet!

The first step would be to get hold of some professional-quality, robust boxes — think double or triple-walled ones measuring 18x18x18 inches for general items, and 18x12x12 inches for weightier or delicate things like books and glassware. These sturdy boxes offer the necessary strength and stability to look after your items while they’re on the van and being lifted around your new home. 

When you’re hustling and bustling around your home trying to pack up your life, be careful about how you place and arrange your possessions in boxes. You need to make the most of the available space and minimise shifting. Gently place your items in boxes and make sure every box is properly filled. That way, you’re reducing the risk of damage in transit, because your items won’t move around on the road. 

When you use your box space properly, you can also lower the total number of boxes you need, which could save time, money, and effort in packing and unpacking. Effective packing techniques and using top-notch materials can draw the line between an anxious move and a smoother, more budget-friendly move.

first night bag

Pack a box for your first night

That first night in your new home is always memorable! There are a few unpacked boxes lying around, sure, but you experience a moment of triumph and accomplishment. You don’t want to make the first night stressful; it should be a calm and fun experience all around.

The best option is to pack a box filled with essentials. This should include things like toiletries, a change of clothes, a few kitchen basics, bed sheets, and maybe some snacks to keep you going. 

It’s also a good idea to throw in a few tools, your phone charger, and any medications. By having this first-night box set aside, you’ll avoid the stress of digging through endless boxes to find things late at night. Let’s be honest, you’re probably going to be wiped out by then! 

vacuum seal bags for clothes

Use vacuum-seal bags for clothing & linen

It might sound kind of strange, but air can take up a lot of space when you’re packing up your house for a move. Besides, your clothes and linens can get pretty dusty if you just stuff them into boxes. 

Maximise space wherever possible. Vacuum-seal bags will keep your clothing and linen clean and save you space!

If you need to temporarily store your possessions, these vacuum-sealed bags are a game-changer for making the most of our storage facilities in Walthamstow. Plus, they’re great for preserving the freshness and condition of your linens and garments throughout the move. That means your first change of clothes and bedding in your new place will make you (and your home) feel fresh and ready for the next day!

Pass the heavy lifting to the professionals!

Investing in a professional packing service can truly elevate your house-moving experience in Walthamstow, making the transition smoother and more efficient. Expert packers have the right materials, skills, and experience to securely pack your belongings up, and they do it quickly. 

Going the professional packing route saves you tons of time, too. It also takes the weight of moving off your shoulders, plus the anxiety about making sure your belongings get where they need to be safely and on time. 

Our professional packing service packages can be customised to fit your exact needs, with 24/7 service and budget-friendly efficient transportation. Whether you need comprehensive packing assistance or just a little bit of help with specific fragile items or furniture that needs to be disassembled, we’ve got every corner of your move covered.

furniture disassembly

Try DIY furniture disassembly

Time is money, and money is, well, money! It can be a little scary tackling a DIY project yourself, but it can definitely help you with moving costs. Disassembling furniture is a super important step if you’re getting ready for a house removal; large pieces of furniture can take up a lot of space on the road, and sometimes, they won’t even fit through the front door if they haven’t been taken apart! 

Unfortunately, when they’re fully assembled, it also puts them in danger of getting harmed. DIY furniture disassembly can easily reduce the size and weight of your furniture, making it simpler to move and less likely to get damaged. 

Before you start, make sure you have the right tools and understand the best ways to disassemble your particular furniture. As you take each piece apart, store all the small parts like screws and bolts in clearly labelled bags or boxes (this is also a good time to colour-code!). 

Furniture disassembly takes a lot of time, effort, and tools that you might not just have lying around the house. If you’re not confident in your furniture disassembling skills, consider hiring a furniture disassembly and reassembly service. They’ve got the tools and knowledge to help with both taking apart and putting back together your furniture.

Hiring experts: Insurance is king!

Asking for help from professionals is always a smart move. It’s certainly a better idea to invest in movers, rather than doing your house removal alone and making a mistake, losing precious time, or damaging your possessions. 

Getting professionals like MH Removals on board can make your move smooth and successful because we know what we’re doing — and we do it every day! Experts are equipped to take care of tons of moving tasks, from packing and assembling furniture to handling transportation and offering storage solutions. 

A major benefit of hiring a trustworthy removal company is the insurance they offer for your items. This insurance covers you if anything gets damaged or lost during the move, meaning less anxiety and lower costs for you down the line.

When you let a professional removal company take charge of your move, you’re also ensuring your belongings are transported safely and efficiently. Our experienced staff can provide you with valuable tips throughout the move, helping you make smart choices and avoid any possible issues. 

There is a huge difference between unorganised moving madness and professional packers stepping in; they streamline your move and bring you the comfort of knowing your valuable items are insured.

All packed up & ready to go!

With our insanely productive and creative packing hacks, you’ll have a much more relaxed house-moving experience. We want to do everything possible to take the stress off your shoulders. 

Properly organising and packing your stuff can help you save lots of time, cash, and energy. Regardless of whether you decide to go for a professional moving service or plan to manage the project on your own, keep these helpful tips from MH Removals’ experts close by!

When it comes to planning a house move, it’s really important to secure a quote beforehand from a reliable and experienced company. At MH Removals, we offer tailored services to meet your needs without putting a huge dent in your bank account. 

Feel free to reach out to us at 0203 488 01 90 to receive a free, no-obligation quote. And if you’re just about to start packing, check out our detailed guide on the advantages of decluttering before you relocate. It’s packed with helpful insights that could make a big difference to your moving experience!

For a free, no-obligation quote call us on 0203 488 01 90