Helpful moving tips in Holland!

Moving from one house to another can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. Staying organized, making lists, and planning ahead make the whole process a lot easier, but so does having a few handy packing tips and tricks up your sleeve!

Are you an Expat in Holland…then do not miss any of these TIPS!!

Light but SPACIOUS Items

We all know that the word ¨space¨ while moving means MONEY, and we are not talking about earning money (which we all LOVE)…no, in this case is the money we have to spend!

Therefore use this tip!   Put all winter clothes (coats, scarfs, caps, etc), blankets, pillows, towels and stuffed toys in these wonderful vacuum bags.  Like this you will decrease space in more than 68%!

Reducing space is not the only advantage, you will protect all these items all the time from dust, paint, etc.   If you want to keep everything even more protected you can do the following:  Before putting everything in the bag, place the bag into a cartoon moving box, using this technique assures you that at the end all the content will fit into it as once you vacuum it, it will be shaped as the box.

Tips for moving in The Netherlands.


Packing boxes (even for free!)

Gamma quality is better than (personal experience) but you can also check on Marktplaats, I just found free ones (of course, by now they are gone):

Gratis verhuisdozen. Have a look to Marktplaats. Sometimes, packing boxes are for free.


Masking tape

Use masking tape to place a large X on your mirrors and glass frames. It won’t prevent it from breaking, but it will absorb shock and keep the glass in the frame in the case that it is dropped or shuffled in the moving truck.



Mobile Camera – take a picture to all your cords

Before you disconnect them to be boxed up, take a quick snapshot of the cords on the back of your television and other electronics so that you can remember where they all go! My husband would probably think this was silly, but I’m cord impaired. I’d rather never watch TV again than try to actually hook it up.



Use Rolling Luggage For Heavy Items

If you’ve got them, use your rolling luggage bags for really heavy items like books. Now you can avoid the heavy lifting and simply roll the bags onto your moving truck.


Pack A First-Night Box

Chances are, you’re not going to be able to unpack and organize your new home the day of the move. Pack a labeled box with all of your first-night essentials and load it last so it’s the first thing off the truck. Better yet; keep it in your personal vehicle.

*You might want to include: toilet paper, toiletries, medications, snacks, basic cleaning supplies, COFFEE and coffee maker, a first-aid kit, a utility knife, pet supplies, a night light for the kids, bedding, disposable plates, cups, and utensils.

It is also a good idea for each member of the family to pack a small bag that contains personal belongings that they might need for the first couple of days. Just pack as if you’re going on a short trip! This way everyone has a change of clothes and anything else they might need.



Safely Pack & Move Plates

Because foam plates are already in the shape of a plate, it makes perfect sense to use them to protect your delicate glass and ceramic plates. Place one in-between each place to prevent them from chipping or breaking.



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