Moving house is tipped as one of the most stressful things that you’ll ever do in your life, and it’s not surprising when you realise that there are so many logistical elements to consider. This is why many of us find it incredibly stressful, struggling to cope with the reality and practicalities of moving. However, much of the stress experienced when moving house can be avoided or certainly managed, allowing you to focus on what is important and also to move house without having a breakdown.
Plan the move ahead and get organised
It is no mean feat to pack up one household and transfer it to somewhere else, so definitely don’t leave it all until the last minute. Whilst some moves don’t allow a lot of time, most should buy you at least 2-3 months, so use this time wisely.
Stock up on plenty of boxes and also padding to protect fragile items and then make a start on putting non-essential items that you don’t use all the time away. These items can always be put into storage until after the move is completed.
It is also important to get on top of your paperwork filing and make a list of all the people you need to notify of your change of address, this should include utility providers, banks, DVLA, car insurance, employers, along with family and friends.
Book your removal company
If you’re looking to keep the stress levels down, then don’t go it alone. Hiring professional help when you move house can considerably reduce stress and logistics. Despite the additional cost it will be worth it in the long run, but be sure to choose a reputable company.
Declutter the home
Every home accumulates personal belongings over time, but make use of moving house and have a good sort through everything; throwing away or selling any items that you haven’t used in the past year.
Pack up early
Understandably, packing is one of the biggest and most labour intensive jobs when you move house, so make packing up your belongings early a priority. Taking a methodical approach, packing one room at a time, will make packing more organised and manageable. Label each box with the contents and the room it belongs in, as well as a more detailed list of contents. This will help to make sure that the movers place it to the right room and you’ll know exactly what it contains when it comes to unpacking.
The art of unpacking
Now when it comes to unpacking, there is always a temptation to do it on the day of the move, but after a busy day, you will no doubt be shattered. This is why leaving the unpacking until the following day is recommended. Simply pack a box with any essential kitchenware that you’ll need and an overnight bag with essentials, such as pyjamas, toiletries, bed linen and towels. You’ll have everything you need for a basic first night, ready to tackle the big unpack in the morning.