Moving home? 10 packing hacks you need to know

  • Why toilet roll tubes are indespensible
  • How photos can help to untangle cables
  • Why clingfilm should be on your list of packing materials


Expert movers, Dustin and Sarah Michailov, run Nottingham-based Industrious Interiors, which specialises in vintage and retro furniture. They pack everything they sell themselves and advise customers on moving precious pieces, too. We asked them to share their top packing hacks.


1. Keep delicate jewellery safe

Sarah says: “Jewellery can get tangled or lost in a move, so to keep it safe here are a few ways:

Thin necklaces - thread delicate chains through wide drinking straws and clasp the ends

Larger necklaces or chunky bracelets – push these through a toilet roll tube;

Brooches or earrings – place these in egg box compartments, then top them with a piece of cotton wool and tape the box shut.”

A delicate necklace protected in a straw


2. Take photos to set up leads and cables

Dustin says: “Taking photos of cables at the back of electrical equipment, such as the TV, means you can set up everything again quickly and easily in your new home.


3. Toilet rolls help with cabling too

Dustin says: "To store cables for the move, label them as you unplug them, then poke them into toilet roll tubes with the label at the top. Pack the tubes on their ends in a box.”

Cables stored in toilet rolls


4. Don’t forget the little things for furniture

Sarah says: “Some furniture will need to be taken apart to be moved. Make reassembly speedier by putting screws and fittings into sandwich bags, labelling them clearly, and taping them to the furniture.


5.   Make your own assembly photos

Sarah says: "If you no longer have the assembly instructions, take step-by-step photos as you dismantle and simply reverse the process to put them back together.”


6. Use furniture as packing boxes

Dustin says: “If a chest of drawers and its contents are light enough, leave everything where it is and simply tape the drawers shut.


7. Be efficient with packing material

Sarah says: “Using what you’ve already got at home saves money on packing materials. Wrap breakables, such as bottles and glassware, in socks and put them into shoes; use blankets to protect furniture; and pad out boxes of breakable items with pillows.”

Glass bottle protected in a sock and stored in a shoe


8. Wrap up the bed

Dustin says: “Prevent your mattress from getting dirty by putting fitted sheets onto both sides – you can put the sheets into the washing machine afterwards.”


9. Get the clingfilm ready for kitchenware

Sarah says: “Wrap cutlery trays and their contents tightly in clingfilm; fold sharp knives together into newspaper and pop them into an oven glove; fill large pots and pans with herbs and spices, then tape the lids on; take the lids off open bottles, stretch over a layer of clingfilm and reseal to prevent leaks.”


10. Avoid breakages and back pain

Dustin says: “Pack small, light items into large boxes, and big, heavy items into smaller boxes. Large but light boxes are easier to carry if you slice out holes on each side, folding the flap upwards to make improvised handles.”


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