5 tips for a stress-free move

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Many of us need a holiday after moving house. But it’s often not possible because we’ve already taken days off to pack, and move all of our stuff out of the old place and into the new.

We clock a new day, stressed because we’ve got so much to do at home. Sound familiar? Whether you’ve moved house before and it didn’t go as smoothly as you’d hoped, or you’re simply looking for tips to help you, stick around.

We’re going to run through five tips to make your next move, stress-free.

Moving house can be fun

And I’m not just talking about the ‘new’ house part. The moving process can be just as exciting. Think about it. There are probably things you have stashed away that you’ll re-discover, and things that you’ll rediscover that you realise you really don’t need. It’s amazing how much better we feel without all the clutter that we let happen in our homes. This is the perfect time to get rid of that clutter, and start fresh.

Follow these five tips to make moving house a breeze.

1. Clear your calendar

Don’t leave everything to the last minute. This is super, super important. If you’re moving house, you need to dedicate time to the process. It always takes longer than you think, so don’t make any plans with your friends for a week or so. You’ll thank us, later.

2. De-clutter, as you’re packing

If you do find a piece of treasure that you once loved but can’t bring yourself to throw away, keep it. But you’ll find lots of things that you haven’t used (and won’t use) in a long time. Don’t pack it – cull it instead. Remember the rule: if you haven’t used it in six months, unless it truly does have sentimental meaning, you’re not going to need it, so get rid of it.

3. Prepare meals and snacks in advance

This one might seem a bit obvious, or even a bit silly, but it really is important. When you’re tired and hungry, stress levels get multiplied. Preparing food in advance will ensure you have plenty of food and snacks accessible during the final cleanout. When you’re in work mode it’s too easy to get so caught up in the moving that you forget, or feel like you can’t take the time out to prepare food. Moving is both exhausting and consuming, so you need to stay hydrated and full of energy. And remember to take breaks.

4. Pack a suitcase for your first night

All those essential items that you’ll use in the first night, pack them in a suitcase. Things like house and car keys, toiletries, pyjamas, a towel, bed linen, snacks, water, and a change of clothes. You don’t want to be caught out without them and have to go rustling through all your boxes to find that item you need.

5. Be ready for your removalist

Make sure all of your belongings are packed, marked and ready to go when the removalist arrives. The last thing you want to do is pay an extra cost just because your removalists are waiting around for half an hour to get started.

Moving house is all about what you make of it. Put on some music, ask your friends and family to come over and help, and make a day (or a weekend) of it. Create a checklist of all the things you have to do, and chip away at it.

Soon enough, you’ll be putting your feet up in your new home. And when you’re feeling like it’s too overwhelming, think about the housewarming shindig you’re going to throw. Oh, and the useful presents that comes with it!

Have fun, and start today.

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