Moving house is widely accepted to be one of the most stressful things that we do in our lives. Finding a new home takes a lot of emotional investment and with so many things that can go wrong it’s not uncommon to go through a few disappointments before you’re finally in a position to pack your bags.
When it comes to making the move, there are a few things you can do to make the transition with a minimum of stress. Follow these top tips to get you in the mind set for a seamless move.
Planning is Everything
A military operation should have nothing on your moving plan. The more preparation you can do, the easier your move will be, so make sure you give yourself lots and lots of time so that you can be ready for anything. Get your thoughts together by making a checklist of everything you will need to do, and then organise them into a timeline. Don’t leave anything important until late on, just in case you run into problems.
Expect the Unexpected
When you’re making your timeline, be sure to include a sensible amount of breathing space for things to go wrong, because something invariably does. Try to come up with a plan B for any major catastrophes that you can foresee, and get used to the idea that you may need to be flexible to get things done. With a little bit of creative thinking and enough time to play with, you’ll be well prepared to deal with whatever might crop up during the move.
Have a Clear Out
It’s a good idea to have a thorough clear out of all of your possessions before you start to think about packing for the move. Be ruthless and get rid of anything that you haven’t used within the last twelve months and it will make packing an awful lot easier. It also helps to make a distinction between the old house and your fresh new start, and gives you an excuse to pass on anything that you’ve secretly never liked!
Rally the Troops
We all know how stressful a move can be, so nobody will think any less of you if you ask for help. Whether you need moral support during the packing or just someone to look after the kids while you power through a few jobs, an hour or so from people you know can work wonders. If your kids are old enough, involving them in the move can help you out and will make them feel more in control at a turbulent time. For moving day itself, use a removal firm to take a huge weight from your shoulders and get the job done in a surprisingly short space of time.
Look After Yourself
It doesn’t matter how smoothly everything goes, moving house is extremely tiring even at the best of times. Make sure you take good care of yourself; eat properly, get enough sleep and take some time to relax in between periods of manic organisation. If you get run down then you’ll be less efficient and it will slow you down in the long run, so invest in some time off and keep yourself fighting fit.
This post was written by Nicky Hand. If you’re looking for a removal service you can rely on in London, I’d recommend Stork Removals.