Well the first set of plastic boxes are packed! We are going to hire a plastic boxes for moving, but I’ve bought some boxes for the stuff that will need to be in boxes long-term.
The current house we have has a walk-in-wardrobe, 2 more good-sized wardrobes, a linen closet and a huge storage space under the stairs.
The new place has a good-sized wardrobe in the master bed (which may well be the first DIY project to install something more than a single hanging rail), a tiny excuse for a closet in the second bedroom. No linen cupboard. And a large room downstairs with a storage platform.
It seems pretty obvious that we are going to need some more plastic boxes. (Hopefully the spending at Mitre 10 – will result in a free flight or two with AirNZ points!)
I actually have hopes of getting a proper sewing room set up downstairs at some point – but the sewing stuff is the first to get packed up. I need time and patience to get the overlocker back in its box (a blit like getting it threaded), and the large plastic boxes with rollers are brilliant for materials anyway (there are a couple of huge ones under the stairs).
Ironically we’ve also emptied some boxes – not sure how long we’ve had these – but they were still full of books from the last move. Now emptied out – they will be good for moving food in the back of the car.
Plastic Boxes or Cardboard Boxes for Moving
Traditionally of course, when you move house, you head out to the local supermarket and liquor store, and acquire a whole of cardboard boxes. Then you tape them up – fill them up- tape them close – and then figure how to get rid of them at the end.
When we moved house last time we ended up with zillions of book boxes, and still paid the company to pack the breakables and kitchen. That time we didn’t know how long our gear would be in storage – this time we are packing and moving all over a few days.
So we’re planning on hiring plastic crates – costs about $160 for two weeks hire. The boxes are large and can be stacked. as high as you want. They are robust – even water proof, but the biggest deal for me is that they won’t need making up and taping up! And the bottoms wouldn’t fall out.
We have a lot of electronics and the larger bits don’t fit inside the boxes you get from supermarkets. So then you end up having to buy special moving cardboard boxes, which still need taping up… And I’d rather have electronics in a box that won’t collapse (we are of course un-insured during the move).
Meanwhile back to the pre-packing stage – the getting rid of the junk stage!