Moving house can be one of the most stressful times of our lives – or so we’re led to believe. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you add prep and organisation to the equation, you really will see the stress levels go down and be pleasantly surprised by how in control you feel.
To help, we’ve asked professional organiser, declutterer and author of Start with Your Sock Draw Vicky Silverthorn for some tips to make you feel at ease.
Make a Moving Folder
As soon as you know you’re going to move you need to start your moving folder. One main folder, stored in one place with neatly labeled sections within it.
Use headings like:
The main schedule will help you feel total clarity as to what is happening and when. Keep this folder in a memorable place within your home, somewhere where you’ll be able to get to easily.
Make a rough schedule – alongside each and every date leading up to your move, list what is happening or needs to happen that day. This keeps your head clear and organised – there is always more to do than you think! Your moving folder will be your ‘go-to’ for your entire move.
Declutter Your Belongings
What an opportunity to declutter!
You don’t want to pay a removals service to move items you won’t need or use anyway. It’s a waste of money.
Declutter Your Furniture
People often to forget to declutter their actual furniture as well as what is stored in or on it. If there are any larger items to go or pieces of furniture you no longer want then pre- arrange collection/disposal/resale and add to your schedule.
Have a good look in your new property – what is going to work and what will be made redundant? If you have the time, you could even start browsing new and replacement pieces.
How to Pack
Because the layout of your new home will differ from the old, your belongings will end up living in different locations. Bearing this in mind:
Start early with making your list of companies who send you things in the post. You will find over a month or so you keep adding to it with companies which may not be immediately obvious! When the move comes, you’ll need to let all of them know.
If you think you need two days off work to move in, take off four. People underestimate how long it takes to unpack properly and many of my clients who unpack in a rush find it affects them for a long time to come. Be realistic – if you unpack in a rush only to ‘do it properly later’ will later ever come?