Moving home is one of the most stressful events in people’s lives. And as a family we’ve done it quite a few times as well. I moved a lot while in University and then we only moved about 4 times when we were living in London.
Moving means that you have to spend days or weeks packing your belongings, just to find that the item you urgently need is at the bottom of the pile.
If you are about to move to a new home, you can make the process smoother by getting your items, boxes, and personal belongings organized ready for your removal company – take a look here to find out more about reliable ones.
Here are five essential tips on making a house move less stressful:
Create a List
The first thing you need to do is create a list of items you need to pack and assign them with an order. You are likely to need your can opener and kitchenware while you are packing but can pack the decorative items and memorabilia first.
Find clothes that you are not expected to use between now and the date you move, and pack them in the same box as fragile items to protect them from breaking. By having a list of what you are likely to need, you can avoid digging through packed boxes looking for things.
Make Labels for Boxes
This makes trying to find things an awful lot more straightforward. Simply print off – or even write with a permanent marker – which room or cupboard the box came from and what type of thing it contains.
This way, you can save time and stress when unpacking.
Empty Storage and Cupboards
If you have empty shelves and cupboards, you are well on your way to packing success. You can make it even easier on yourself by having a big decluttering session first – make sure that you are not taking things you haven’t used for years or are not intending to use.
This is the time when you can declutter your house and life. For items that still have life left in them or that can be repurposed, offer them for sale or collection on Facebook selling sites, Craigslist or eBay, organize a yard or garage sale, or take them to the local charity shop. For those things that can’t be reused or recycled, dispose of them responsibly by hiring a skip or container.
Use Existing Storage
If you have existing storage, such as stackable shelves or boxes, ottomans, blanket boxes or the like, use them to store shoes and clothes you are likely to use in the next few weeks.
Instead of buying dozens of cardboard boxes, you can make use of your laundry basket, more substantial dishes, and even filing cabinets to pack away items.
You can use kitchen storage shelves to pack your dishes, or your plastic food containers to store smaller items. Maximizing your space and storage is the key to successful house moving.
Store Boxes Out of the Way
Nobody likes looking at storage boxes when they get home from work. Use your garage or storage facility to store your items safely.
If you have limited time for moving out of your home, you might want to hire a self-storage where you can drop off boxes as you go.