It doesn’t matter if you’re selling, buying or renting, moving home is recognised as being one of the most stressful things you can do. But does it have to be? Many people don’t start to pack until they know they have a moving date; leaving it to the last minute adds more pressure to an already tense time. So what can you do to reduce stress when you’re on the move?
Start as early as possible
A serial mover we know says that you should start packing from the moment you first think about moving. “You want to start with those items that you are never going to need before you move. Pack them away properly in a clearly marked box and place in storage, a cupboard, or hire a storage unit for a short time. By doing this you not only start to pack, but it serves another purpose in helping you declutter ready to stage your home for sale.”
Have a packing system
Moving in a city can have its challenges, whether you decide to move home yourself or use a removal company; whichever you decide, our advice is to make sure you have a good packing system. Label each box, not just with the room but also an idea of its contents. Mark those boxes that you will want to unpack first, and this way you will be able to identify the right boxes quickly without having to go through them all.
Don’t take everything
If we’re honest, we all have things in our homes that we don’t need or use, so will you need or use them in your new apartment? Moving home is the perfect time to sort out your things; be ruthless, as you know you will want to buy some new home treats once you are settled. Sort them out between those items you really should throw away, those you can donate to charity, things you wish to keep but store, and those you will need before your move. This way, when you arrive at your new apartment, you will have less to unpack, and only have those things with you that you truly want and need.
Find your documents
There are some essential documents that you will need as part of your move, whether it is your passports for identification, and other certificates. As early in the process as possible get all these documents together in a safe but memorable place. That way, when you are asked for them, you won’t end up in a panic wondering where they are and if you have actually packed them.
Let your kids have fun
How much do kids love boxes? At Christmases and birthdays sometimes you have to wonder if they actually prefer the gift or the box it came in! Empty boxes create endless adventures for our children from dens to castles but this next adventure they are set to embark on could be their biggest one yet!
Let them start packing a few things as you do, but give them their own moving box that they can decorate. Their works of art will ensure that their boxes will find their room more quickly, plus they will enjoy the process a whole lot more. Focus their packing on things they may want on their first night, favourite teddy, snuggle blanket, etc. – this way you can make sure this box is clearly identifiable and accessible, giving them some comfort on their first night in their new home.
This all-important box will be your saviour on moving day. This is your box of tricks containing everything you need for your first night in your new home. From the screwdriver and Allen keys to put your furniture together, to toilet rolls, soap, a kettle, medication, toiletries, snacks, and those essential phone chargers. Carry this box with you so you have everything you need when you get your keys.
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