Having just moved house, for the 4th time in 2 years – I am one person who can most definitely sympathise with the worries and stresses that come with the motions of moving. Here’s a few things I’ve learnt over my last 4 moves.
THROW IT AWAY. We all have those boxes, you know the ones; that haven’t been unpacked from the previous move. – Throw it all away! If it hasn’t been used in 12 months, then you don’t really need it, do you?
Pack your belongings, room by room! I cannot stress this enough. There is nothing worse than throwing bits from here, there and everywhere into one box that will need to be unpacked the kitchen, bathroom, loft and garden in your new property. Labelling is key!
Use what you have! Boxes can be expensive, especially for the one use that you’re going to get out of them! Try to use your laundry bin, wicker baskets and picnic boxes for anything you can! If they don’t have lids – use cling film to secure the top!
Pack an overnight bag! Oh my goodness, the morning of moving, you will be all over the place! Don’t make the experience more difficult by having to search through packed and sealed boxes for a hairband, or your fave mascara! Put everything you use on a daily basis into an overnight bag you can dive into the morning of, and the next day in the property when you haven’t yet had time to unpack! (Which you won’t have – trust me.)
Aside from the overnight bag – pack the things you will need straight away into a clear box! – what can be worse, than the next morning, needing the kitchen roll because you’ve spilt your coffee; and it being buried beneath pots, pans, cutlery… but you not knowing which box it is in! (Especially if you haven’t abided by number 2)
Lastly, but most certainly not least, ENJOY IT. Yes, moving is stressful, yes you lose things, yes you break things… but you’re starting a new chapter! Good luck, and try to live each moment as it comes, after all, its only moving, you will inevitably do it again at some point!