Moving home tips

Since the life of this blog I have had many many requests asking for moving tips. There is so much more to moving than I can share in one post, so I am sharing the following tips with you over the next month:

  • sorting through your clutter
  • purging the clutter
  • garage sale tips
  • moving tips
  • checklists (because I love checklists) to help you through it all
  • and more

I recently helped my dad move into his new home.  Which began with a big declutter, followed by a few garage sales and then the move.  I’ve also moved houses a few times so I’ll share all my tips.  But first the most important I feel is not taking unwanted clutter to your new home.  Tomorrow I’ll share my ideas on how to sort through your clutter and not take that item that you ‘might use one day’ or the ‘I know I never use it, but it cost me a lot of money’, or ‘it was a gift, I can’t get rid of it’.

What is your top moving tip?



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HomemakersDaily May 1, 2013 - 6:42 AM

Start packing as early as possible and box up nearly everything. It is so frustrating to help someone move who doesn’t have everything ready. I hate carrying individual items out to the car or having to pack at the last minute. Obviously some stuff has to be last minute, but get it done ahead of time. And BUY boxes. We had a few moves where we tried to get boxes from grocery or department stores but that’s a pain. During my last two moves, I went to Home Depot and bought boxes. It made it SO much easier.

Katherine May 1, 2013 - 7:53 AM

Make sure you know exactly where the sheets are and make the beds as soon as they are in the new house. Then when you’re exhausted that night and can’t unpack any more, you can just fall straight into bed without having to make it first!

Simone May 1, 2013 - 3:43 PM

Labelling boxes by writing on them can be a pain- you feel like you have to label each side so you can tell what’s in them from any angle. Instead, buy some coloured dot stickers from Officeworks and make a colour-coded labelling system- for example, kitchen things are a blue dot, orange is linen cupboard, purple for master bedroom, etc. That way, even from a distance, you will be able to tell where a box needs to go when unpacking the truck and/or instructing removalists where to place them.

Rebecca May 2, 2013 - 12:26 AM

Pack an overnight bag for each member of the family as if you were going away for the weekend. Include a change of clothes and basic toiletries so that you have what you need for the first day without having to rummage around in boxes looking for shampoo.

Katrina May 2, 2013 - 10:29 AM

that is a fantastic idea rebecca, even just a few snack foods as well!

Amanda May 7, 2013 - 11:31 AM

I am about to move house this weekend – these tips are great! I love Rebecca’s idea to have an overnight bag packed for each family member, I will definately be doing that!

brunoboltemore September 3, 2013 - 9:06 PM

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Hannah November 1, 2013 - 9:17 PM

Thank you for the awesome tips! Aside from getting your valuables organised, I believe that you should work as hard finding the perfect removalists penrith expert. If you choose the wrong provider, well all your effort to preparing your items will be put to waste due to inability of your removal company to get the job done.

Jason January 13, 2014 - 9:06 PM

This is a great article and has come in very handy. I am using Perth Removalists and they have provided some packaging to dispose of some of the clutter mentioned above!

Jason January 13, 2014 - 9:09 PM are great, I use them too

Sam Gibson May 26, 2014 - 6:23 PM

I’m going to be moving this next weekend. We’re only moving a few blocks away, but I’m worried about damaging our furniture. We don’t want to replace any furniture if we can avoid it. I want to find someone who specializes in moving furniture.

Linda August 19, 2014 - 12:38 PM

Thanks for all your good idea – they’re great. I wanted to add that I ordered a skip bin for a week after I had my garage sale, so I had to throw more away and therefore didn’t have to pack everything that didn’t sell.

Katrina August 19, 2014 - 9:31 PM

That’s a fantastic idea Linda, would of saved you so much effort when moving too!

Adam September 16, 2014 - 7:16 AM

Some great tips here. I’d also suggest to consider hiring a profressional removalist. I know the costs may sound high at first but the time and hassle you save could be well worth it. We’ve also put together some more moving tips over at, including a free moving checklist.

Also make sure to check out online reviews from different moving companies.

Great post, thanks!

[email protected] April 7, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Moving is the most stressful event in a person’s life; when a person sells house out of financial crisis or any other problem; managing the hassles of moving becomes really tough to handle.

MarcioWilges October 20, 2015 - 5:04 PM

My top moving tip would have to be getting an early start. Start de-cluttering early, start organizing all your belongings early, start the removal of your junk early, start any garage sale early, and basically start everything necessary way earlier than the actual move. You will find that you have so much ample time to settle down and carry out every process slowly and steadily. This way, you will not miss out on anything which could cause you trouble later on.

Kate - Kat's Assistant October 22, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Great tips.:)

Deb February 18, 2016 - 10:07 AM

Some great tips here. I like to put a clearly marked box aside for each bedroom with all the bed linen required to make up the bed, including clean sheets. It is always so good to get into your own bed after a busy day moving in.

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Janardha July 19, 2017 - 10:39 PM

I’m going to be moving soon, and I want to make sure I hire the best movers to help me. The problem is is that I’m having a really hard time finding some. This being said, I really appreciate you giving me some insight about how I can hire the right movers. I definitely think that if I were to have some help like this, that it’ll make moving a lot less stressful.

jack nicolas March 4, 2020 - 5:22 PM

really nice tips

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 5, 2020 - 10:11 AM

Glad you liked them Jack 🙂

john March 4, 2020 - 5:23 PM

really house moving is a big task for anyone….. but your tips are awsome

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 5, 2020 - 10:12 AM

Happy that you found these moving tips useful John 🙂


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