Moving into a new home, no matter how neat and minimalist you think you are, is a big deal. Only when you try to pack everything you own into boxes do you realize things a brothel, and it’s awkward to move through narrow doors and stairs – Ross from the iconic Friend’s ‘spindle’ scene comes to mind!
Moving will always be difficult – it’s inevitable, but you can definitely make it easier. Here are the top 5 tips to make the moving process as simple and stress-free as possible!
Top 5 tips for (almost) stress-free movement
Start early, but not too soon! You don’t want to live in a house full of boxes, with all the necessities that goodness will know where, for months. Even so, start decoding and purging as soon as possible! All the accumulated ‘mess’ – old laptop containers, broken belongings, old clothes, get rid of it sooner than later. It seems simple enough, just a few trips to the charity store, but emotionally attached to the clothes you will sure Never wearing can be very strong, and you certainly don’t want to bring your mess to your new start.
Book a moving company and / or a truck
If you don’t have a lot of furniture and are moving from a small apartment, you can get around with a rental truck and the help of a small team of friends. Consider this an option, as it will be a lot cheaper! Be realistic though; If you think you have too much to move on your own, book a moving company. Search early so you can get a good deal – it’s likely that the best companies will get popular and well booked! Any stress you can get rid of by getting things organized ahead of time is a good thing.
Labels, Labels, Labels!
The worst thing about moving and decompressing is not knowing where anything is. It’s easy to lose something when it ‘means’ above the shelf, about a thousand folds and you’re about to find anything when ALL your assets are in unmarked cardboard boxes . Label the boxes by category, room, whatever – just create a system and stick to it. This will also make it a lot quicker to tell your friends or the people unboxing where the box is located, so you don’t have to move things around again later!
This will help with both packaging and decompression. Pack all your belongings room by room, and label the rooms they need. This also makes it easier to manage – you can set yourself the task of packing the room on a certain date and likewise cleaning the room on a specified date. Breaking down the transition into smaller tasks makes you feel much more manageable.
Moving is not just about moving all your physical stuff – there’s also a lot of paperwork involved. At some point, ideally quite soon, you would want to inform a significant number of agencies about your move, including but not limited to DVLA, HMRC, your insurance provider (s). You, Royal Mail, NHS, and more. It’s not quite a thrilling job, but if you don’t get it done in time, you could be in serious trouble, or worse, in trouble with the law.
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