They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do, probably because there are so many things to do and keep track of. One of the most difficult parts of moving is getting all your furniture safely to your new home. Here are some ways to protect all your bits and pieces and hopefully take away a little bit of stress and anxiety about accidental marks, scuffs or, the worst case scenario, breakage.
Burst the bubble
Bubble wrap is a favorite for most of us when packing up our things, probably in no small part because we look forward to popping it when the unpacking is done. But it can be expensive, take up space in boxes, and it’s also pretty bad for the environment. As an alternative, try newspaper or old sheets and clothing. These are a lot less bulky and much more environmentally friendly.
Don’t forget the legs
We often forget to cover the legs of larger furniture items, like beds, desks, and drawers. Leaving them exposed means they are more likely to get dinged as part of the move. Not only that, but that can potentially mark walls or damage hardwood floors. A quick fix is to use socks secured with an elastic band in order to keep them covered.
Moving lots of heavy furniture items can end up being very painful, and it’s not uncommon to spend your first night in a new house with a bad back. Consider purchasing a Shoulder Dolly to help save your back. Available on Amazon, the Shoulder dolly helps to distribute the weight you are lifting differently, onto your shoulders instead. It comes with lifting straps and can be used on most of your big furniture items.
Another good way to avoid injury is to avoid lifting wherever possible, and instead, try to slide things. Some things will be easy to slide on their own, a mattress for example, but for things like tables you can purchase plastic sliders. Alternatively, you can use plastic Tupperware lids or maybe even blankets to create a smooth base to slide with.
Keep your mattress safe
Wherever possible, avoid bending your mattress, as it can damage the springs and foam inside. In the worst case scenario, it may even void your warranty. Before attempting to move your mattress, start by measuring doorways to make sure you have a clear exit. Also invest in something to protect your mattress from dust, dirt and any general manhandling it may go through as part of the move.
Plan the layout
To avoid the process taking longer than it should, plan where your furniture will be going before you get to your new home. This way, you can put the furniture directly there and save time and energy in the future, You’re much more likely to have help on your actual moving day, so you will find it much easier to get the larger furniture pieces moved in one day.
Hopefully, these simple tips for moving furniture will help to make your moving day experience as stress-free as possible so you can concentrate on the fun experience of having a new house to make your own. Good luck!