Moving house is exciting. It is the beginning of a whole new chapter of your life. It is also incredibly stressful and challenging at times - packing up your life and moving it from one location to another. It does not matter whether that new location is next door, the next town or the other side of the country - it is hard work moving.
However, there are some steps that you can take to make it a little easier and a little less stressful. Sure, you might still be tearing your hair out and collapsing into bed in a heap at the end of the moving day, but the following tips will give you a little more structure and a little more organisation.
Before you know it, you will be unpacked and enjoying your new home!
There is absolutely no sense in packing up all of your unwanted stuff, letting it take up valuable - and expensive - space on the moving truck and unpacking it at the other end. If you don’t want it, don’t take it!
Before you start packing everything up, spend a few days having a big decluttering session. Sell unwanted items on Facebook Marketplace, eBay or at a car boot. Have boxes and bags ready to take stuff to the charity shop or to give to people who want or need it.
If you sell stuff, you can use that money to recuperate some of the costs of moving.
Some people love to apply the Marie Kondo method - everything you own should spark happiness or be useful. If it does neither, get rid. Also, be ruthless! Try not to get attached to things that clutter up your life. You will be surprised at just how much stuff you can eliminate from your life by applying this method.
Don’t dive into the kitchen and start packing up your plates straight away. Think logically, and pack logically.
Start with items that you need, but won’t use for a while. This may be things like Christmas decorations if it is the middle of summer, or the beach stuff if it is in the middle of winter.
You can store these in a storage shed out of the way if necessary to give you more room for the things you need to leave out until the last minute.
Sometimes delays happen when moving house, so if you start packing early then make sure it’s the things you definitely won’t need.
Make an inventory
If you use a removal company, they may insist that you make an inventory for insurance purposes, but even if they don’t, it is a good idea to do one anyway.
Label the box with what room it needs to go into at the other end. Number the box and create a spreadsheet with a list of the items in that box. This can be time consuming, but it’s essential for the boxes that have valuable items. You can at least write - ‘kitchen crockery’ or ‘books’, it doesn’t have to list each individual item.
That way, you will know where everything is and if anything gets lost mid-transit, you can identify it quickly and easily.
At least number the boxes, so you know none go missing.
Leave out the kettle
The first thing you will want to do in your new home is put the kettle on and enjoy a drink in your new surroundings, so make sure you keep that, and other essentials such as mugs, spoons and the other essentials that you need for your first night and morning.
Read these for even more tips to make moving house a breeze!
- My top tips to prepare for a house move
- How to survive a house move without losing your mind
- Smooth moving: make moving house a breeze
Moving house IS stressful, but there are ways to reduce that stress if you are super organised when it comes to packing and the move.
There is so much to think about when moving house. I have lots of tips and advice that can help with all aspects of a house move whether renting, getting a mortgage, buying a property or even helping your parents move house!