Top 5 Tips for Packing When Moving House

It’s a well-known fact that moving house is up there as one of the most stressful situations an individual will ever go through. What’s more, it’s more than likely that the meteoric rise in stress levels will begin to take place months before the removal van pulls up outside. Living somewhere for years and years will, inevitably, result in an astounding accumulation of possessions, and it is commonly the thought of having to segregate and pack all those worldly belongings that sees the majority of us break out in a cold sweat. So, in order to prevent you from falling at the first hurdle follow these top 5 packing tips to make your move, relatively, stress free.

1)     Be selective

By this we mean that now is the perfect time to have that clear out you have been meaning to do for months, maybe even years. There will inevitably be a lot of junk hiding amongst your treasures so hiring a skip could be money well spent. You may also find that you have some perfectly good possessions that you just don’t need or want anymore, but other people will. If this is the case take a trip to the charity shop or attend a car boot sale – this way you manage to lighten the packing load and earn some money or help someone less fortunate out at the same time.

2)     Be strategic

Packing up the entire contents of a house can be a daunting, and sometimes overwhelming, thought. In order to stay on top of things pack each room one at a time. This way you set yourself more achievable challenges, and once a room is all packed and ready to go you will have the relief of knowing you are one step closer to your end goal.

3)     Be organised

It’s stressful enough moving as it is without adding extra niggles which could of easily been avoided with a bit of forward thinking. Make sure you order plenty of boxes way ahead of time, so when it does come round to packing it is all there waiting for you – and you won’t have the hassle of not having enough storage.  Ensure that the boxes you do order are strong, and designed for the job at hand, otherwise there could be a few nasty accidents.

4)     Be sure to label everything

There is nothing worse when you move home than looking for the essentials such as clothes or kitchen utensils to find you have no clue where they are. Be sure to label each box with exactly what’s in there to minimise stress, and make unpacking that little bit easier.

5)     Be practical

In a haze of industrial tape and cardboard boxes it may be quite easy to lose your head, but adopting a practical approach can save a lot of drama and hiccups along the way. Remember to pack important documents, as well as necessities you may need to access quickly, clearly labelled and separately from your other items. Pack fragile items on their own and with plenty of padding to avoid breakages, tears, and lots of cleaning up. Also, as tempting as it may be to save room, don’t over pack your boxes. This will minimise injuries and the chance of the boxes splitting; revealing all your worldly goods to your new neighbours.

The History of Guy Fawkes

November is synonymous with fireworks, even after Guy Fawkes Night has been and gone. You can’t go an evening without hearing a firework or two and watching the dazzling spectacle they produce. But, loud bangs and pretty colours aside, amongst the frivolities all these fireworks parties bring it’s easy to forget the history of Guy Fawkes Night, so here’s a quick round up.

It all started in 1605, when a fellow named Guy Fawkes and his band of plotters conjured up a plan to blow up the houses of parliament with barrels of gunpowder planted in the basement. Why? Because they wanted to see the back of King James and the King’s leaders. Fawkes and his followers felt that since Queen Elizabeth had been on the throne Roman Catholics had been treated unfairly, forced to practise their religion in secret in fear of violent repercussions. Hopes of these laws being revoked when James took the throne were dashed when he came to power and controversially imposed more laws upon the Catholic religion. So, the Gun Powder Plot came to life. The men bought a house next to the houses of parliament, which conveniently had a cellar which spread under the parliament building.

But why was Guy Fawkes such a big part in this plot I hear you ask. Well, he was given the task to keep watch over the barrels of gunpowder and light the fuse when given the go ahead. However, fortunately, on the morning of the 5th of November Fawkes’s plan was scuppered as he was discovered in the cellar amongst the gunpowder and arrested. He was sent to the Tower of London where he was tortured and questioned into a confession.

In celebration of his survival, King James declared that his subjects should all have a spectacular bonfire on the night of the 5th of November. This signalled the birth of the Guy Fawkes Night we know to this day. The commemoration of the gunpowder plot now, appropriately, includes fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on the bonfire.