Are you moving house? Here are some tips for hassle free packing

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There are so many things to think of when moving house, it can become quite overwhelming. Here are some simple tips for a hassle free packing experience.

+ Make a list! It is the most obvious advice but one that can often be overlooked in times of stress.

+ Do a clear out. There are plenty of items hanging around your home that you may not have room for in your new abode, or indeed no need for. But it does not mean they have to be thrown out. Remember one man's trash, is another man's treasure. All these items can be advertised on the Galway Advertiser classified website and can include home and garden furniture, electronics, or sports equipment.

+ Calculate how many boxes you will need and purchase moving boxes. Other items that will be needed are strong tape, and bubble wrap.

+ Start packing in plenty of time. Packing always takes longer than anticipated, particularly when you start reminiscing over old photographs stored in the attic or you realise that you need to dismantle the wardrobe to get it downstairs.

+ Keep essentials that you need on a daily basis until last.

+ Pack one room at a time, clearly labelling each box with details of its contents and the room to which it belongs. Clearly label boxes that contain breakables and also those that are load-bearing and can be stacked in the van.

+ Keep all boxes for each room together. This will save time unpacking.

+ It may sound obvious but pack heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.

+ In case of any mishaps, ensure your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move.

+ Put all hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, into a separate box and keep them away from the rest of your stuff.

+ Pack important documents together, such as birth and marriage certificates, and keep them in a safe place.

Good luck with your move, and may you be very happy in your new home.

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