Moving house can be such a stressful experience, what with the packing, cleaning and then unpacking all over again!
But with some careful planning, you can make the process run a little smoother. Follow these simple tips to reduce your stress next time you move:
1. Create a simple record keeping system
Whether it’s computer-generated or hand written, be very specific when recording things on this list. What is in each box and where each box needs to go in the new property.
2. You’ll probably need more boxes than you think
Have plenty of boxes around, you’d be surprised how quickly they fill up. If you go through a moving company, keep in mind that any boxes you purchase but don’t use can often be returned for a credit or refund.
3. Last minute essentials
Have at least one box for each room set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies.
4. Protect your breakables
Use unprinted newsprint, packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household goods.
5. Designate a colour for each room in the new home
You could use yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room and so forth. Apply coloured stickers on the box near the box number. In your new home, place a matching sticker on the door to each room. This is a simple way for the movers to know where to put everything when they arrive.
6. Keep things together when you or the movers are packing boxes
Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances. Small, loose parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small envelopes — to keep picture hooks with pictures, shelf brackets with a bookcase, a special wrench and bolts with the wall unit.
7. Get excited!
For all the interiors lovers out there think of all the homewares shopping that will NEED to be done to make sure all your existing things blend with you new home once you have moved in. A great reward after a big job is well done.
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