Studies have shown that moving house is one of the most stressful experiences ever. If you've ever done it yourself, we're sure you'll agree. While it's never going to be like a day at the beach or a fresh spring breeze, there are various steps you can take to make moving far less stressful. Anyone who has a move coming up, take heed of these tips. They could save you a lot of hassle and bad vibes. Check them out!
Make a checklist well in advance of your move. It should cover things to do not just on your moving day, but in the preceding days and weeks.
Take photos of the backs of computers, TVs and stereos so you know how they were set up.
Drain any dangerous or flammable liquids from tools and appliances.
Have your rugs and curtains professionally cleaned. They'll be fresh for when you move into your new home and are returned neatly packed, ready to box up.
Use your laundry baskets to pack clothes or awkward to carry items.
Use large kitchen pots to pack smaller kitchen items, such as spices.
Put cotton wool in make up compacts and pill bottles to stop them getting cracked, which is both wasteful and messy.
Make moving your clothes easier by leaving them on their hangers and wrapping them up in plastic garbage bags.
Alternatively, save space by packing clothes and other textiles in vacuum sealed bags. This can be a money saver if your moving company charges by volume rather than weight.
Another space saving tip is to pack clothes and other items inside drawers and chests.
To avoid spillages, make sure any toiletries with lockable pumps are firmly locked.
Pack plates with a paper plate between each one to avoid breakages.
Use this neat elastic band trick to keep doors open on your moving day so you don't have to fuss around with handles while carrying heavy items.
Consider getting a sitter for any pets and kids on your moving day. They're only going to get in the way and be another thing for you to worry about. And we mean that in the nicest possible way!
Pack yourself an overnight bag containing PJs, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel, a change of clothes and anything else you might want for the next day. This will save you digging around in boxes trying to find essentials.
Give your new home a good clean before unpacking. It's probably the last thing you feel like doing, but it will make things much easier in the long run.