No matter how early you start packing, moving day and stress seem to come hand in hand. To try to reduce this stress we’ve put together some top survival tips to get you moved out and in seamlessly!
1. Be precise when packing
No, you won’t remember which box you put the kettle in trust us. Don’t second guess it- label it! Labelling boxes is a moving day 101, even down to the last item, the more precise the better. Colour code it, marker pen it or make a military system however you choose to do it just do it, you’ll thank us later.
Give yourself enough time! Packing the day before isn’t going to work yet packing weeks in advance just isn’t practical (especially if you have kids in the house). Any unused rooms start packing in the weeks prior to moving day; will you really need the DVD player in the next 2 weeks? Probably not- so pack it up. In the worst case scenario, you need to watch the friend’s boxset to reduce the stress if your packing is labelled well digging it out shouldn’t be a problem!
3. Start small
Don’t run before you can walk. Tackle the little things first, as surprisingly they tend to be the hardest to pack. There is no point moving your bed if you have to climb over a million different things to get it out the door. Go through your cupboards and start packing all the little things that are needed but necessities.
4. Be ruthless
Moving house is the perfect time to get rid of all those unwanted Christmas gifts you have been hoarding in your cupboards for years. If you don’t like them now, you’re not going to like them in your new home. Be ruthless with what you pack, if you haven’t worn something in years it might be time to say goodbye to it, just think of it as making unpacking later on a little easier.
5. Hire in the professionals
If you have room in your budget hire a professional moving company, the last thing you need on moving day is a bad back from trying to move your double bed. Call in the professionals to help get the big things out and leave you to deal with things on a smaller scale. This will minimise stress and chance of injury!
6. Keep the essentials to hand
It’s easy to get carried away in the packing flow but be sure to keep out the essentials, a phone charger, wallet, important documents, batteries, cleaning supplies, teabags, mugs, milk and kettle just to name a few! If you’ve got kids we recommend something to keep them entertained as watching mum and dad pack can easily become boring.
7. Get your friends involved
You can hire all the movers in the world but your friends are priceless on moving day. Rounding the troops and getting your friends to help can make you feel more secure and at ease and there’s nothing better than an extra pair of hands for the heavy lifting. But don’t forget to buy them a drink at the end of the day to say thanks!
There is an endless amount of preparation you can do to reduce stress on moving day however you choose to tackle it make sure you take a break, relax and dream of how good your new home will look when it’s done!