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Moving house is one of life's most stressful events. So it is important to plan ahead, keep organised and pack smart. We share 8 tips on how to pack for a move to a new home:

1) PACK AHEAD Once you confirm a moving company, they will deliver boxes ahead of your moving day. Start filling the boxes with things you can do without for the next month or so, such as books, decorative items and winter clothes.

2) LIST AND LABEL On each box, write the room it goes to on at least three sides so they can be clearly seen even when stacked. Write the contents on each box. Be specific, for example, “cookery and interior decor books” rather than “books.” In addition to labelling the boxes, do up an inventory list either on the computer or in a notepad, listing every item that goes into each box.

3) BALANCE THE CONTENTS Pack books into smaller boxes, or pack heavy items with some lightweight items such as soft toys and cushions, with the heaviest things at the bottom and the lightest on top.

4) KEEP IT TOGETHER Tape cables, cords and wires to their corresponding appliances.

5) WRAP WELL Protect breakable, fragile items with bubble wrap or newspapers. Use items you already own, such as layering dishes with fabric placemats or wrapping crystalware in dishcloths.

6) USE YOUR LUGGAGE Stuff your clothes into luggage and duffle bags – they’re easy to carry and identify when you need to dig out clothes to wear shortly after moving in.

7) PERSONAL CARRY-ON Set aside one small storage container for each family member to fill with personal items they’ll need straightaway – towel, bed sheets, travel cosmetic case, toothbrush and toothpaste.

8) SAFEGUARD VALUABLES Keep important documents such as passports, birth certificates, bank statements as well as jewellery with you, and carry them personally.