You might think this is an impossible to achieve statement, how can you not freak out? There are a million and one possibilities for an exciting start and new beginnings as well as a million more possibilities of things going wrong. After the initial thrill of searching for and finding the perfect new home, there follows the realism of actually moving home. Packing years of life into boxes, organising and arranging, countless appointment and meetings and more spiraling costs and fees than you can shake a stick at.
Despite it being easier to freak out, it’s important to remain calm and level headed to benefit you, your family and the moving process as whole – here’s how.
Make a calendar and keep a diary
A good diary is essential to staying organised at the best of time, during something as stressful as moving home it is imperative to ensure the whole process runs as smoothly as possible. A portable diary which contains all your dates, arrangements and contact numbers is great for factoring moving house into your everyday life.
If something comes up unexpectedly at work, you have the numbers of important contacts at hand so there’s no need to worry, and if a meeting is arranged whilst your out shopping you can quickly check your availability and pop the date and time into your diary whilst on the go.
A calendar compliments the diary and should be in a focal point of the house for everyone to see and understand, add too and read on a daily basis. This calendar should contain milestones and important dates related to moving house. For an efficient and enjoyable move include periods such as one month, one week and a general countdown towards the big day; make notes of what you hope to have achieve by then as a great incentive to keep you motivated and on track.
For an efficient and enjoyable move include periods such as one month, one week and a general countdown towards the big day; make notes of what you hope to have achieve by then as a great incentive to keep you motivated and on track.
Start packing in plenty of time
A great help in moving without the stress is to pack in plenty of time. Items that are already in storage, such as the loft and garage, can be packed, sealed and put into storage a month or so before you’re moving out. That way, a large proportion of your belongings are out of sight leaving you to concentrate on more surplus items.
Clearing out and sorting your belongings not only means there is less to pack and unpack, it also helps with being organised and promoting the sense of a fresh start. Whilst you’re packing, you may come across items which were meant to be returned to their actual owner ages ago.
Doing this in plenty of time saves any last minute stress about returning books, clothes and kitchen items which you forget you ever borrowed. Being stringent with what you need at hand is the best method for allowing yourself to remain calm and organised, clothes you hardly wear should at least be packed and put away to prepare your wardrobe for the rush and panic of packing.
Get to grips with your new home before moving house
An important part of moving into the house is to be fully acquainted with the new house. Understand the layout, design and measurements completely before moving in and you will be well on your way to moving your own furniture and selecting new accessories perfectly. It’s important you choose your new home well, personally, I have standards, I always look for heating and cooling systems by Goodman Manufacturing and proper ventilation.
By not checking these things before moving, you could end up with over sized furniture and wall decorations which clash miserably with the interior. Avoid the stress of being unorganised and ill-prepared, leaving you more time to enjoy and get comfortable in the new house, than running around trying to get rid of and replace particular items.