Moving house has the potential to be the most hectic event in your life and as a result it’s important to eradicate any unnecessary stress when the time comes for you. Packing up to begin your move ought to be exciting – it marks the beginning of your new start after all. By following these 5 simple steps as you go, you can avoid stress and perhaps even enjoy the process of moving house.
Allow plenty of time – Packing up your entire household is going to be a lengthy process unlike a last minute getaway that can be dealt with by throwing a few basic items into the first bag you come across. When you’re moving house, it is essentially your life that you are packing up and the last thing you need is to be panicking whilst surrounded by masses of objects of all shapes and sizes. So start packing as early as you can. Rather than racing around last minute with your prized possessions playing obstacles in what will feel like an impossible mission, take your time and allow yourself to experience the process as a calming one.
Make it fun – Recruit a partner or friend to help you out, perhaps someone that will make you laugh to help lighten the atmosphere a little. If you have kids involve them by making the packing up a group mission for you to conquer together as a family rather than creating stress for yourself and them by yelling at them to move out of the way. If you are moving alone and cannot find anybody to help, think about sentimental values of the possessions you are packing to bring a smile to your face. You could also plan a reward for yourself when you have finished packing, be it a glass of wine or a film night – having a silver lining will make the process far more enjoyable.
Be careful – The items you are packing are bound to be sentimental to you or at least important to an extent if you are taking them with you on your journey. Smashing a photo frame, an ornament or anything else that means something to you will therefore cause unnecessary stress in an already tense situation and furthermore provoke upset which is definitely unneeded in what should be an exciting time. Such stress can be avoided by simply being cautious – handling fragile items carefully, walking slowly and making sure that floor spaces are always as clear as they can be.
Pack room by room – Organisation is key to a stress-free experience. Dividing a mammoth task into separate chunks will make the lengthy process seem far less daunting. Perhaps write a plan for yourself listing the order of the rooms you’re going to pack up, or better still delegate roles for each family member by having one person tackle the bathroom whilst another sorts a bedroom. Again, if you’re working alone simply work room by room yourself. Don’t start packing bathmats, towels and such like until the kitchen is completely sorted.
Separate ‘packing day’ and ‘moving day’ – Rather than packing up the same day that the removal vans are arriving to actually move your belongings, try to get the majority of packing done beforehand. Of course, this depends on how much time you have free to dedicate to your house move, but separating ‘packing day’ and ‘moving day’ as far as you are able to is bound to result in half the amount of stress!