There are few things in life as stressful as moving house. However, the stresses involved with a move can be greatly diminished if you have a solid game plan in place well ahead of the move. Here are a few easy and helpful tips to ensure that your move is as easy and stress-free as possible.
Lose the junk
Chances are, the stockpile of unused items in your wardrobe or garage will more than likely be just as ignored and unused in your new place, making packing and moving them a very redundant task. There is never a better time than a move to rid your life of unnecessary clutter.
Moving always comes with an unavoidable level of chaos in the lead up to the big moving day. In the weeks (NOT DAYS) before your move, your home will more than likely be littered with boxes and packing tape, but it doesn’t have to be a completely unorganised mess. The best way to combat this chaos is by packing one room at a time and prioritising what can be easily packed away until the day you move.
The kitchen and bathroom should always be packed last as they’re the rooms that are most regularly used by the entire household. Be sure to label each box as soon as it’s full to avoid losing track of what items have been packed. Leave the full, labelled boxes in their corresponding room for as long as possible so they can be loaded and unloaded together.
Take your time
Nothing can increase the stress associated with moving house more than being rushed. Regardless of how fast of a packer or loader you may think you are, you’ll never finish as fast as you hope so there’s no reason to increase an already stressful situation by frantically packing or loading up as fast as you can. This will accomplish nothing more than increasing the potential for your items to be misplaced or broken. Remember, slow and steady always wins the race.
Have a moving day survival kit
The last thing you’ll want to do after a long day of moving or while on a much-needed break throughout the day is to rip open multiple boxes for a simple cup of tea or bathroom break. Packing your essentials in one box such as your kettle, tea, milk, mugs and toilet paper will ensure that you’re not making a mess of your well-organised boxes by unnecessarily unpacking entire boxes for a few small, but very important items.
Hire a removal company
Although hiring a removal company comes with some additional cost, the stress that will be taken out of the equation will make the added cost well worth it. Just make sure that you research the removal company you’re considering first to make sure that they’re a reputable business, after all you’re trusting these people to handle all of your worldly goods. Luckily we live in the age of the internet where a wide variety of unbiased review sites makes this a very easy task.
Get proper rest beforehand
It may be difficult to unwind the night before the move but ensuring that you’re properly rested and refreshed is vital. You’ll be of no use to anyone if you have to get through the day without proper rest.
So you’ve finally completed the move, and you’re starting to enjoy your new surroundings. Unfortunately there is still the not-so-fun-task of unpacking your things. Fortunately, if you’ve managed to keep organised during the packing and loading of your items, this shouldn’t be a huge issue.
Most movers will ask that you indicate clearly on your boxes the room they’re meant to be in, some people use colour coding as a guide for the movers. Although the kitchen and bathroom will be obvious, “Sally’s bedroom” may not. By using a colour coding technique, you or your movers will be able to determine easily which box goes in what room. Use a post-it note or multicoloured tape to mark the box and the door of the room that you wish the boxes to be placed.
Unpack one room at a time starting with the rooms you will most likely need to use right away (i.e. kitchen and bathroom), and remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, your house doesn’t have to be unpacked in a day either.