Moving house (or flat) is never easy. You’ve got a lot to do and you never seem to have enough time. If you’ve been living in the same place for years, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of stuff, things you didn’t even know you owned. And now you have to move it all over a matter of days. It can cause quite a bit of stress.
But it doesn’t have to. There are simple ways to make moving home a lot easier.
Make a to-do list with a timeline
Writing out a list of tasks can be really helpful, but it’s not enough. You need to create a timeline to go with that list. You should know exactly what you have to do and when you have to do it. So many people make to-do lists ahead of time and only end up scratching things off at the last minute. You should also avoid paper-and-pen lists. It’s 2016 and your smartphone has everything you need to create the tasks and set reminders. Physical lists get lost, while you’re probably a lot more vigilant about where your phone is at all times.
Start packing on a box-by-box basis. Don’t leave half filled boxes lying around while you decide what should go in each one. When you have multiple boxes you’re busy with, you may forget what you’ve put where. As you seal each box, clearly mark what is inside and where it should go in the new house. This will make unpacking a lot easier.
Choose your packing material wisely. Use your luggage sets to carry your clothes as they’re easier to transport and you don’t want unnecessary boxes. Also make sure to seal everything securely, mark which side goes up and clearly label it if it’s fragile.
Packing up your life and moving it to another place is stressful but the stress doesn’t end there. People often forget unpacking can take almost as much effort as packing. The first thing you can do to make the process easier is start right away. Don’t get everything moved in and then go out for dinner to celebrate. Get some takeout and begin with the boxes. Go through the house section by section so that every room is unpacked all at once. The bedroom is a great place to start as you’ll probably need to sleep there that night.
Moving is a hassle but it can also be quite exciting. Take the stress out of moving by taking the above advice into account.