Moving home is an exciting time in your life, once all the papers are through and everything has been agreed upon, you realise that there is a lot to do before you are in the next place. This may be your first big move or it could be your last, no matter which it is, it is always helpful to understand what to prioritise and what you should be doing to make your life easier. Prepping for the big move can be daunting and it can definitely be one of the most stressful things you do in your adult life, but fear not! You don’t have to dread the moving day if you have prepared right.
Even if you have a moving company to help, you should still be preparing everything in advance, so when it does come to moving day, you are minimising the stresses that come with it. Times have changed, and not all of us are great at organising, but there are dozens of apps, calculators and checklists out there that are aimed to help you with your move. In this article, we will go through how to organise your move successfully to minimise stress levels on the big day.
Make A List
The first task you should be doing is creating all of your lists and writing them down, you will swear by them later on and thank yourself for them. Before you pack any boxes, this should be your priority, so make a simple record system so that you can then know what goes in what box. Create a numbered system which shows exactly what is in each box. A great addition to this is a binder so you have everything all in one place, alternatively, you can have everything on your phone. For this to work, you need to have a designated number for every box you have and when outlining the contents of the box, be thorough. So instead of saying luxury streetwear, you write instances like a luxury hoodie, sweatpants etc. When you do this, you will find unpacking much easier, and you will find that you aren’t worrying about items you cant find.
Whatever you do, don’t leave all your decluttering and packing until the last minute as that will just make life much harder and more stressful than it already is. To eliminate stress, it is recommended that around four weeks before packing, you should declutter as much as you can and get rid of anything you haven’t or won’t use in a long time. Once you have organised what you aren’t taking with you, then you can start packing all of the items that you are taking with you. It’s best to do this room by room in order for everything to make sense. Beware of doing this too early as you don’t want to be living out of boxes for the next month. This is recommended about a week or two before moving day.
Declutter The Whole Home
Decluttering is one of the most important parts of the packing process. If you don’t do this, you could risk packing things you don’t want, which takes up time, space and effort that aren’t needed. By doing this, you will only have the items that you actually want and use.
Organise Your Home
You may think that organising your current home is a complete waste of time, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. By organising your current home, you will save precious time when you are packing and unpacking. For example, put all of the items under your sink in a bin, place all your bathroom products in a drawer and so on.
This makes it much easier to unpack when you get to your new home. You can unpack these items and place them in their designated spaces without having to faff around.
Pack By Room
As we said earlier, it’s definitely best to pack room by room instead of being all mixed and matched as this is exactly what causes a lot of the stress. Keeping everything streamlined makes unpacking everything easier. When you pack room by room, it’s the easiest method of keeping yourself organised throughout the moving process. It is essential to keep the same room items in a single box. Even if you have extra space in a box, it’s best to leave that space, instead of putting things from a different room in them.
One method of creating a system and keeping everything tracked in order for you not to forget where anything is to label absolutely everything. This will ensure that you don’t have to open all the boxes to find a single item when you are worried that you might have forgotten to pack in a rush. Whilst you are labelling items, ensure you have a checklist in place too for referencing.
Breathe It All In
Moving home is emotionally and physically draining, so it’s important to take some time for yourself before the big day. Take a moment to enjoy it and be proud of what you are achieving. Just think, half the work has already been done, it’s just a matter of unpacking and organising where things are going. For those who do get a little too stressed, try to meditate in the morning so you can take some of you time.
Set Organising Goals
This is the exciting part of the move. Now you have everything in your new home, it’s not time to start thinking about what you want out of each space. You may want a neatly organised pantry, or a linen cupboard with everything folded neatly away. Some may just want some simple organisation under their sink. The choice is yours when it comes to what you do with your home, but if you want this type of organisation, it’s best to do it from the start, instead of having to redo everything when you get a chance as this just won’t get done.
Set a Timeframe
Keeping motivated is a difficult task, especially when you have done all the hard work. But to keep yourself motivated, it’s best to keep yourself accountable and make a real timeframe that is achievable. You could opt for getting one room completely finished per day, or opting for the whole home to be complete within a week, whatever you choose, aim to stick to that goal and you’ll be finished before you know it.
There are objectives when moving home, some are exciting, and others can be very daunting. In order to remain pain and stress-free, follow these simple tips and you will find your move is much easier than you first thought. Good luck!