Tips for a stress-free move

Tips for a stress-free move

Moving house is an exciting time, however it can also cause a huge amount of stress. If you’re not properly organised it can end up costing a fortune, taking weeks and causing fights within the family. To avoid these outcomes, organisation is key so we’ve created a checklist that if followed, will ensure even the most unprepared mover a smooth transition.

Start early

Leaving things until the last minute is probably the worst thing you could do when moving house. Moving typically takes at least a few days, so depending on where and when you’re moving, you may need to take time off of work, book removalists or cleaners in advance, etc. Starting the process early will also allow you to pack in organised manner, which will make the unpacking process far easier.

Cull

Packing all your stuff up is a great opportunity to get rid of any unnecessary items you’ve been hoarding unnecessarily. If you’ve been living in your house for a significant amount of time, chances are you’ve accumulated a decent amount of clutter that needs to go. Sort through your clothing, junk drawers, cabinets and storage boxes and cull anything you haven’t used in the past year.

Take it one room at a time

Don’t try to do everything at once. Figure out what you don’t need every day and start there. Maybe it’s the spare room or guest bathroom. Move through your space, packing one room at a time and before you know it, you’ll be finished. Packing this way also ensures your things won’t get mixed in with each other, making the unpacking process far easier.

Essentials box

There are some things, your everyday essentials, that you won’t be able to pack until the day of the move. Set aside a designated box for these items, to avoid them getting lost amongst the rest. You may like to create two of these boxes, one for personal items like chargers, clothing, phones and toiletries and one for kitchen essentials like food items and essential cooking tools.

Hired help

Whether you’re moving across the street or across the country, hired help can always come in handy. Although it isn’t always necessary, if you’re low on time or manpower, spending a bit of money on hired help can save you a lot of stress in the long run. Possible services include removalists, vehicle hire and cleaners.