Moving is one of those things that most people dread. Whilst it can be rewarding setting up and personalising your new home, the logistics of packing, transporting, unpacking, organising and cleaning can be exhausting.
So how do you make it as painless as possible?
- Plan & prepare. Before you even start the moving process, think about decluttering beforehand. This equals less stuff to move and unpack! Moving is also a great time for a cull to get rid of the things you don’t need or use anymore. You can also prepare by ensuring you’ve got all the moving essentials on hand – boxes, bubble wrap, tape and cleaning supplies.
- Packing in a way that makes sense. Start the packing process by doing your least used rooms and items first. This is your spare bedrooms, formal living/dining and storage spaces such as garages and attics. Then lastly should be the kitchen and living areas. Remember that the last things you pack onto the moving truck are the first things out at your new home – a wise move is to always unpack your beds first so if nothing else gets unpacked on moving day, you’ll at least have somewhere to sleep!
- Ensure your new house is move-in ready. Before you put that first box down, there are a few things you need to do. Be sure to connect all utilities before moving day – no one wants to be moving in the dark or with no air-con/heater! It’s also much more enjoyable to move your belongings into an already clean house to save having to clean around things later. A quick vacuum and wipe down of surfaces will make all the difference in the long run.
- Many hands make light work. Whether you’re using professional removalists or doing it yourself, it’s always best to get some help! Recruit friends and family members to help you – fridges and beds are heavy! Reward them with dinner as a thank you at the end of the day, it’s always well received.
Moving is an unnecessary evil of life, but with some organisation, motivation and a little help, it can be a little easier, and you always have your new home to look forward to at the end!