Moving house can be an exciting time. You might be relocating to a new neighborhood or city. Maybe you’re moving out on your own for the first time or you’re moving in with your significant other. But even with the exciting anticipation of new experiences ahead, the actual process of getting all of your things from A to B is stressful.
According to research moving house is rated as being more stressful than changing jobs, getting married or having children. As someone who has moved house six times in the last seven years I couldn’t agree more.
Moving house is like someone has taken everything you own and disassembled it. In the week the move happens, it’s utter chaos. Everything is in bags and boxes at your feet. Where is that pair of shoes you want to wear? Your wallet? Your favourite piece of jewellery?
In this state of profound confusion you need a ‘guardian angel’. Ok, they are pretty hard to come by, but what comes instead is a more handy form of helper, one in whom you need to place a huge amount of trust in – the removal company. Removal companies make the whole process so much easier and will reduce the stress associated with moving.
Once you’ve picked your ‘guardian angel’ it’s time to get down to the serious stuff – packing! The best piece of advice I can offer is to tackle one room at a time. I’m terrible for getting distracted, especially when doing tasks I don’t really enjoy, and used to find myself walking from room to room, packing the odd bit here and there, and getting nowhere fast. You’ll be a lot more productive if you just concentrate on one room at a time, and it saves items getting mixed up in the process.
Emptying the wardrobes is one of my most dreaded jobs when moving – I have far too many clothes! I’ve learnt that you don’t need to fold and pack each piece of clothing separately. Simply wrap up the clothes, still on the hangers, in a bin bag. When you arrive at your new house, simply remove the bag and your clothes are on their hangers ready to be put away.
Use the few weeks before the move having a spring clean. Donating any items you don’t want or need anymore will free up so much space and help you with your packing in the long run.
Probably one of the most important things to remember is to change your home address, ideally two weeks before moving. Make sure you redirect your mail, notify your bank, update your electoral role details and online deliveries, to name a few.
Lastly, and possibly my best bit of advice, make sure you know the phone number of your new local take-away. The last thing you’ll want to do after a long day of moving house is to cook so let someone else do it for you. Then relax and give yourself a well earned pat on the back – you survived!
*this is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own