Moving house is usually one of the most stressful times you will go through in your life. For those who haven’t needed to move house yet, you might be feeling fairly positive about it; all you have to do is pack cardboard boxes and move some household furniture, right?
Anyone who has had to move house in the past will agree it may usually become a far more difficult event.
An excellent start off to any move is with a huge clear out. Chuck away anything that you don’t use anymore, this varies from clothes to garden equipment; particularly broken ones! The storage shed and loft are hives for discarded, unused and damaged things.
Right after throwing away as much as you can, it is time to sort out the paperwork! Paperwork can literally get almost everywhere; magazine holders packed with editions from two yrs ago, your kitchen draws with old permission slips and paintings from your kids’ art school trip in the middle of random nails and lifeless batteries.
Clearing out the surplus stuff in your home will definitely give your new home a brand new feel and will give you a great deal more space to use, which if you’re downsizing, will help considerably in fitting everything in.The other is that it will help in making a much more organised environment in the case of unpacking, as in theory by the end of it you will have a place for all your things!
An obvious although usually overlooked rule is to avoid random boxes.Having disposed of lots of unneeded clutter, there should easily be a home in the new house for every single item you’ve kept. Write which room each box is going to on the side of every single box to ensure that when you’re unpackign you don’t get anything confused. This will also guide any removal company in unpacking your things more efficiently and give you a much needed head start when unpacking.
Don’t forget you will need eat on the day of the move and after you have moved in. Leave a box open with your kettle, a few plates, cutlery and whatever else you will need to eat inside.The very last thing you would like to be doing when you get to the new property is digging through boxes to find a coffee mug or dinner plate!
Remember that you may need a box to put the last of the items you use the morning of the move into; toiletries, pillows, bedding, sheets etc. Removal firms will probably arrive very early so remember to be prepared before they arrive; have a shower and something to eat.
Having a person at either end of the move is always a great idea, this way you can get unpacking started earlier and you will have the peace of mind the removal guys are putting you items in the right place! An added bonus of doing this is that when the team leave the person at the new house to come back to the old one to re-load; the person at the new house can start to organise extra space where some of the furniture will be going before they get back.