Moving day can be one of the most stressful times of your life but throw in kids, working and running a household and you can have a recipe for chaos (and disaster).

Here are our top 10 tips for having an organised, smooth and calm move.

1. Book your removalists

This may seem like an obvious one but as soon as you know your move in date, book your removalists to ensure you can move on the day that you want.

When it comes to choosing removalists, remember cheaper isn’t always better. Quite often cheaper services will employ backpackers or students who aren’t experienced and will end up taking longer and cost you more. Look for experienced removalists who have great reviews online and make sure they have insurance and no hidden fees! Professional removalists will make your move go as quickly and smoothly as possible.

2. Packing schedule

Once have your removalists booked, create a packing schedule and aim to do a little bit each day, this way you will be organised and won’t be scrambling to pack everything a few days before. Make a list starting with items and rooms that are least used to pack first leaving the most used items to be packed last.

3. Clean out

Now is the time to go through all of your things and get rid of and donate anything your family no longer needs. This will make it easier to pack and save you money as you won’t be getting your removalists to move any unwanted items.

4. Packing Supplies

Make sure you have all your boxes and packing supplies ready to go, you will need moving boxes in various sizes and some porta-robes, packing tape, tape dispenser, scissors, markers, bubble wrap, butchers paper.

5. Label each box

On the top and side of each box, write on the packing tape the room and contents of the box as this will let the removalists know which room the box needs to be placed in and will make it easier for you to unpack.

6. Get help

Moving is stressful enough as it is, why not get professional packers in to help. You can either get them in to pack up your entire home or get them in for a few hours to focus on key areas such as the kitchen. Since professional packers do this for a living, they know exactly how to pack fragile items to minimise any damage or breakage. They can also come in and unpack for you as well, getting you settled into your new home quicker.

7. Pet and babysitters

If you can, organise someone to look after your younger kids and pets during the move as it can be stressful and scary for them. Once you have someone taking care of them (somewhere else) your full attention and focus will be on the move. This will help you and the removalists get the job done quicker as you can guide them on what needs to be done.

8. Pack your car with the Essentials

Once all of the boxes are in the new home it can be hard to find the essentials and items that you will need to use straight away so make sure you take these items in your car.

Make a box of essentials such as toilet paper, hand wash, hand towel, cups, utensils, plates, pet food and cleaning supplies.

Another good idea is to pack an overnight bag for each member of the family filled with some clothes, underwear, pyjamas, toiletries and toys for the kids so everyone will have what they need until the unpacking is all done.

Don’t forget towels and bed linen!

9. Moving In

While it might seem tempting to start unpacking boxes while the movers are still bringing in your items, it’s best to wait until they leave as to not get in their way. Instead focus on larger items such as making beds (your removalist will re-assemble your bed and any furniture they dissembled for you), setting up the TV, putting food back in the fridge etc.

10. Unpacking

Focus on unpacking the most used areas of the house first such as the kitchen and bathroom. Remember that the focus is getting everything unpacked, you can easily move things around in different spots later on. Once you have finished with your boxes either organise collection if you hired them or store them away in the garage to use in your next move. If you aren’t planning on moving again anytime soon, you can also sell them on Gumtree.

By Michelle Walker from national removalist company, Hire A Mover.