Moving can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, after all, there is a lot to consider, plan, organise, and execute. To help you make a success of your next move, we have put together this guide, presenting a selection of tips and advice for dealing with some of the practicalities of moving out of your home. So, whether you are moving into your first home or upgrading to a place that can accommodate lifts for home use, read on to learn how to make a success of it.
Consider your first night
When moving out, packing up all your stuff, unsurprisingly, will take up a large part of your focus. Just getting it all in boxes is deemed a job well done. But you will do well to consider your first night in your new place before you move out of your existing home. Think about the things you might need right away upon arrival, like household essentials, and pack these somewhere you can easily find and access them. As Amanda from the blog Broke and Chic recommends: “It can be easy to forget the basics in the rush of the moment, so making sure you are well prepared to deal with the first night can start you off on the right foot.”
Claire, from the family lifestyle blog Life, Love and Dirty Dishes shared some suggestions with us for making this a reality and being prepared for the first night: “Pack a box of essentials such as cleaning products, snacks, toothbrushes, bed sheets, PJs and a change of clothes. Take it with you in your car and if all else fails you have some bits to get you through.”
Claire also suggests that you “have a contingency as somewhere else to stay that first night. If you don’t get the keys until late and you have tired kids, having a bed for the night somewhere else can save everyone’s sanity.” Further still, Claire shares that it will be a good idea to “order in that first night. No one wants to be hunting for the saucepan.”
Get help with moving your belongings
While it can be tempting to go it alone and think “I don’t have that much stuff”, you always have more than you think, so getting a helping hand is a sensible move. Packing up and organising things is stressful enough without having to do all of the actual moving yourself. So, consider getting family members involved, a friend to help out, or for a job done right, employ a professional moving company. This way your belongings will be packed up and transported properly and you won’t have to worry about the heavy lifting. There are lots of benefits to getting professional moving help and removal company Moving Home Made Easy has highlighted the following:
“It is likely that on moving day you will have a number of things to organise and you will be experiencing lots of different emotions. When you work with a national removal company, you can rely on them to handle the logistics of your household items, so you can focus on other things. You then won’t have to worry about anything on moving day, everything will have been pre-planned so you can sit back and relax, as much as possible.”
Organisation is the true key to a successful move. Without it, your home will be in chaos, stress will be high, and everything just more difficult than it needs to be. So, plan ahead of time and stay on top of your to-do list. Get all the boxes you might possibly need and pack what items you can as early as you can. Label everything so it can be quickly found and get them over to your new place in the order you want to unpack them. Website Your Move has the following recommendation when it comes to boxing up your stuff:
“You might think that some items don’t need boxing up. Especially if they’re awkwardly shaped or easy to throw on top of a pile of boxes. This is the wrong approach. Boxing all of your gear up will help you keep organised, ensure you don’t lose anything, save your removal guys from having to deal with random bits and bobs (which will make you their least favourite person, we promise you) and protect your possessions from getting beaten up en route.”
Children, if they are old enough can be a big help in packing but if you have little ones around, they might not be the most helpful in your organisation and packing efforts. Claire, from Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, recommends the following: “If you can get the kids looked after whilst packing, do it! Otherwise, they will be unpacking as quick as you pack.”
It’s also a good idea to plan for life in your new home before you get there. After all, you will need basic utilities like electricity, water, gas, and broadband to be set up before you arrive. So, get in touch with your providers and start the process. If you want to change internet providers for your new place, this kind of thing can take a little time so make sure you don’t leave it to the last minute.
Declutter as you pack
When it comes to the act of moving home, it becomes very apparent just how much stuff we have that we don’t really need or want. Instead of taking every single item from your current place and just transferring it over to the new house, take time to sort through your belongings as you pack. You will likely find there is plenty of stuff you can chuck, donate, recycle, or give to someone else. This way you will take only what you actually want and have to move fewer items as a result.
Steph, from the parenting blog Just Another Mummy Blog, recommends the tactic of decluttering as you pack as one of her top moving tips: “There is no point dragging all your clutter from point A to B. So, if you don’t have a lot of time, declutter as you pack! Have a box to donate and a box for rubbish. You will probably be shocked how much clutter you have accumulated over the years. At the end of the day the less stuff you have the less there is to unpack!”
Find ways to cope with the stress
While, hopefully, these tips will make life a bit easier as you move out, the stress of the occasion might still rear its ugly head. Therefore, you will want to be prepared for this and find a way to cope. Thinking about the end goal often helps, picturing yourself in your lovely new place provides a concrete goal to reach for when in the thick of things. Having assistance with moving will take the weight off your shoulders and planning time off work before and after the move will also be of assistance. If you know that you have time to settle in and unpack once you arrive, it will make the process of getting to your new place a little more bearable. It’s easy to get bogged down in the stress of moving but remember, there is an exciting end goal to look forward to.
Moving tips and advice
- Consider your first night
- Get help with moving your belongings
- Be organised
- Declutter as you pack
- Find ways to cope with the stress
We hope that the above tips and advice have been helpful. There’s a lot to be excited about when moving home and with a little organisation, planning, and help, moving out of your current place doesn’t need to be the horrendous ordeal it often ends up being.
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