It’s official - moving to a new house is more stressful than just about anything. With that said, why do so many of us put ourselves through it? Not once, but at least a handful of times throughout our lives. It seems lately that everyone aiming for bigger and better, or not being in the right circumstances to be able to carry on living where we have set up home. It’s not ideal, but it’s not the end of the world either. In fact, a lot of the stress can be taken away if you get everything planned and prepared properly. It’s all about taking something negative and compounding it into something positive.
Don’t Leave It Til The Last Minute
Make sure that you have everything packed and ready to go at least a couple of days before you are due to move. The last thing you want is to be hurriedly shoving your belongings in boxes, potentially damaging more delicate items, Leave out any essentials that you may need, such as clothes, toothbrushes and towels, but everything else that you can make do without needs to go into boxes. This goes for electrical equipment such as your television; we’re living in an age of smartphones where you can find programs on there, so pack away the big thing and make do with the little one!
Don’t Expect Things To Go To Plan
Nothing ever goes to plan with a house move. There are so many different people involved that all it takes is for one to forget to send off a bit of paperwork, and suddenly the whole process is delayed by a couple of weeks. A lot of stress can be caused by thinking about how to make the house move go more quickly, as well as getting too involved with what other people are doing and trying to hurry them up. As long as you are in the mindset that you know that it will take a long time and expect things to fail, you are setting yourself up for only good news when it eventually comes.
If somebody offers you help when you’re moving, don’t be too polite to refuse it. Even something as simple as wrapping stuff up in bubble wrap or newspaper could be a blessing in disguise. There are so many time-consuming jobs that if you want to ensure a stress-free move, delegating them to the right people is definitely the thing to do. If you are moving long-distance, it’s also essential that you find the right movers. This is definitely money well spent. Instead of going back and forth between locations, affecting both your time and your finances, invest in a professional company that can do it all for you. The weight that this will lift from your shoulders is immeasurable, and is something that cannot be recommended enough.
Keep Your Essentials In One Place
There are certain things that you will need during a house move. Money, your phone, details of where you’re moving to, solicitors details and so much more. Keep it all together in one place - either a big plastic wallet or a secure bag. That way you won’t be scrabbling around looking for what you need when you need it; it’ll be on hand for you to delve into. The last thing that you want is to be caught off guard.
Unless your children are of the age where they can help out with the house move (and are willing to … but when will that time ever come, really?), they need to be elsewhere. Having to entertain a small person while you’re trying to deal with a big situation isn’t the easiest thing to do. If you have family and friends who they can go to, see if they are willing to take care of them for a couple of hours while you get the main move out of the way. If this isn’t an option, maybe you could hire a young teen to come over and entertain them while you deal with the actual move. If your children are in school already, try and work the move around the times that they’re in and settled rather than doing it before and after the school runs.
There can never be too many lists when you are packing for your move. Following a plan and creating a checklist for everything that you are going to go through is something that is extremely helpful. When you have a day that is full of different jobs to do, deciding who will do them and when they’ll be done is the one thing that will be able to get you through it quicker. The faster you get stuff done, the less stress that there is to worry about - and the sooner you’ll be sitting down, relaxing in your new home.
Make A Plan
If you have a floor plan of the house or building that you are moving into, draw up roughly where you are going to put everything that is currently residing in your house. The dimensions should be provided on there, so as long as you measure everything correctly you will be able to accurately predict how to fit everything in your room. This means that, rather than having to contend with big pieces of furniture standing in your way until you can decide what to do with them, they’ll already have a place pre-planned.