We all know what a stressful time moving can be, but here are a number of tips to help make the process easier for you. There are some critical steps that you can take that we want to share with you. Hopefully this will help take a large part of the stress out of your next home move.
Many of us struggle to deal with change in life, no matter how ready you might be to move house there will always be feelings of apprehension and uncertainty. You might even begin to feel as though your whole life is being turned upside down! Our house is our home, our place of comfort and our safety blanket and it can be overwhelming to pack it up. You can combat some of these feelings by taking control. This means organising!
- Begin by writing out a list or plan so that you know what to expect and when throughout the process.
- Be realistic and delegate. Make sure you are in contact with a professional move management company as early as you can be prior to your designated moving date. This way you will have plenty of time to agree a structured, bespoke plan for the coming weeks. Have faith in your move manager, they are there to help ease the pressure and have plenty of experience dealing with challenges that you may not have foreseen. If someone offers help then accept it, a move is a big task but as the saying goes two heads are better than one
- Declutter! It is a well-known idea that decluttering your space can help to declutter your mind. Set yourself a realistic target, if it hasn’t been used in X amount of time it has to go! Just think, the more stuff you remove the less you’ll have to move! A trip to the charity shop with a boot full of bags can do wonders for your mood.
- Well in advance of your move be sure to separate and keep important paperwork in a single, safe location, so you always know where to find everything when you need it.
- Avoid exchange and completion of house sales on the same day if at all possible and make sure that you have a security buffer in place for your moving dates.
- Create a colour coded system for all your belongings e.g. boxes for the new master bedroom marked with a green sticker and living room items marked with a red sticker. Developing a floor plan of where you want particular items to be placed in the new house will remove a level of uncertainty and give you a better idea of how your new home will look.
- Plan your first 24 hours in your new home. You probably won’t be in the mood to cook on your first night so find a local takeaway that delivers (using an app like JustEat is great for this) or research a decent local restaurant or pub. If you can’t live without a cup of tea make sure you have your kettle, mugs, some milk and tea bags for the first morning. It might be easier to take these with you as personal belongings as opposed to packing them.
- Check everywhere and then check again! From the attic to the cupboard underneath the stairs we all have our go-to places for hiding things. Don’t hide them so well that even you can’t remember where you left them! What about the Christmas lights or the kids old school certificates? Make a plan to begin in one room of the house and then work your way up.
- For those with children remember the entertainment. Moving day can often be long and tiring for young ones. Make sure you’ve charged the iPads and packed the snacks to keep them happy!
- Don’t forget to look after yourself. It’s so easy to push parts of your daily routine to the side because you’re “too busy with the move”. But with such big changes happening your day-to-day structure can be the normality that you need to remain stress-free. If going to the gym is part of your weekly routine now then you must ensure you continue this in order to stay feeling your best. Remember, moving into a new place should be cause for celebration, don’t let it take over your life!