We all know what a hassle moving house can be. Not only are there the legal and financial hoops to jump through, meetings with advisors and lawyers, potentially also having to sell your current home, but then there’s the rigmarole of packing up your entire life – not even factoring in any children you might also be packing for and organizing. Below, you’ll find some helpful tips to make your move run like clockwork so you can get your new household up and running smoothly in no time at all.
Get Professional Help
Seriously. Moving everything yourself is possible – we all know that. But in what is already a tense situation, save yourself the time and additional anxiety of just seamlessly seeing each bag and box carried away by Two Men And A Truck, carefully loaded up and then unloaded at your future home. Getting in the professionals to do the humping and shifting will allow you time to concentrate on the more important aspects of moving house and get yourself organized.
Declutter Before You Go
We all start with the best intentions when packing, carefully sorting each cupboard and cabinet as we empty them to pack. But, as moving day gets closer, all these good intentions often disappear. When the pressure mounts, entire trunks-worth of stuff you haven’t seen or used for years will be dumped in bags, only to be unpacked and then shunted to the back of the very same cupboard in the new house. Spiraliser, anyone?
Start early with decluttering and give yourself a section of a room to do at a time, rather than taking on the whole space. If you dedicate a little bit of time each week to decluttering and sorting out old and unused items, your packing process will be plain sailing from the word go.
First On, Last Off
Identify which items you’re going to need pretty much immediately when you arrive at your new home. If there’s anything integral, make a list and make sure it’s packed and loaded last so it’s the first thing you get out when you’re unpacking. A good way of managing this process is to look at rooms which are rarely used in your old house and start there. Think storage and guest rooms – these are likely to contain things you don’t need on a day-to-day basis. If you have multiple bathrooms, can you condense all essential items to one bathroom, so any others can be packed up? Same thing with the kitchen – what will you need on the morning of the move?
Moving house can be one of the most stressful things you will do as an adult. It can be overwhelming but, by staying organized, writing lists and giving yourself enough time to manage everything, you will be able to make the process much more bearable. Try remembering exactly why the move is important to you and your family, what benefits it will bring and how your life will be different when you have your beautiful new home.