Moving house can be one of the most stressful things you do in your life. There are so many different things you need to remember, so much you need to pack and if you’ve got kids, you have got to think about what you are going to do with them while you do the big move.
I’ve moved three times in my life – out of my parents into the first house Steve and I lived in, back out of there into my parents when our landlady had to unexpectedly move back in and then out of my parents again into the house we are in now.
The last two were by far the most stressful. The one back into my parents was when I was six months pregnant with Jack so I couldn’t do much and felt utterly useless. The move into the house we are in now was also fairly stressful as Jack was exactly a month old so someone had to remain with him at all times. I remember him sitting in his little bouncing chair in the middle of living room whilst we moved boxes in around him.
Here are some top tips to make your house move as stress free as possible.
Start packing long before you actually move so you aren’t rushing it all in the final few days leading up to the move. Pack the stuff that barely gets used first and then make your way down the list until, finally, everything is packed.
Put All Your Important Documents Away Safely
It is easy to lose things in a move and the things you definitely don’t want to lose are important documents like birth certificates, insurance papers and wills. Put them away safely somewhere you know they won’t get lost or ask someone to look after them until the move is complete. My mum always looks after mine until our moves are complete.
Consider Using A Company For Help
Utilising the help of a moving company might be just what you need. They are professionals and know what they’re doing in a quick and efficient manner. Some even offer an expert packing service so if you can’t get too much time off work, this may be a good idea for you and your family.
Have A Moving Day Kit
Now I don’t know about you but after a day of moving, I never want to start packing everything right away. Keep stuff like some drinks, some snacks, phone chargers, toiletries and money in a little moving day kit so they are easily accessible without unpacking loads of boxes. Use the money to grab a ready meal from the nearest shop or order a takeaway – there’s no way you are going to be willing to cook a whole meal from scratch.
Get Enough Sleep The Night Before
It might sound strange but go to bed early the night before. You will want to be as fresh and as alert as possible on the day so you can get stuff done without flagging. A good nights sleep will do you the world of good and you won’t find yourself wanting to constantly take rests and delaying the time it will take you to move. Your body will thank you for it.
Do you have any tips for making moving house as stress free an experience as possible?