Wednesday, 7 August 2013

{Tips for Moving House}

So, it's just over 4 weeks now until I need to be out of my house, and at the moment I've no definite plans for where I'm going to be (my friend Kath's house is looking like it might be my first port of call!). I'll soon be able to check off another item on my 35 at 35 list which is rather exciting!

I've been working on getting the house organised as much as I can and trying to pack sensibly.

Here are some tips that I've discovered so far, and I'm hoping that you'll share some more with me so that I have a smooth transition!

1. Make a list (well, you know me - I love a list!!)


2. If you've time, then sift through your stuff and discard of any broken toys, make a pile of things to take to the charity shop etc. I've also got some furniture that I'm going to sell on Gumtree.

3. Make sure you have enough boxes, parcel tape and bubble wrap. I've bought some boxes from Ikea to get me started and some bubble wrap from B&Q. But I've subsequently acquired some boxes from my dad and found that the bubble wrap was much cheaper on eBay.


4. Pack sensibly... don't make the boxes too heavy and start early - it's going to take longer than you think.

5. Label your boxes! It's important to make it clear which boxes contain breakables and those that are load-bearing that can be stacked. If you can, perhaps get two different colours of parcel tape.

6. Prepare an overnight bag of clothes & toiletries (or in my case it might be a bag to last a week!) for everyone in the family and those everyday essentials - for me this will include the kids special cups, favourite teddies/blankets etc.

7. Pack one room at a time.

8. Make sure you keep important documents together and in a safe place.

9. If you're using a removals company, do ensure you book your slot in advance! I'm in the process of getting this organised, even though I don't know what the destination of the belongings will be!!




10. When stressed out and worrying... put your feet up for five with a cup of tea (or a G&T, preferably Hendricks!). And remember to breathe!


What are your tips for a stressless moving day?


29 comments:

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  2. I needed to read this today! My husband and I have just started looking at some South Carolina real estate. I am excited for the change, but very stressed about what it is going to take for us to pack up the whole house and travel so far for a move. I will have to bookmark your post and come back to it when it's time for the inevitable packing. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Guess you have listed all the important things making your moving day a hassle-free one. What about making a list of people you need to notify of your new address and contact information?

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  8. I couldn't stop myself from smiling after reading number 10. :) It's true that moving can take a lot of time, effort and energy, so it's great to have a breather in between. Thank you for sharing this helpful and equally wonderful tips. While getting your hands full on the official and legal documents of leaving the old house and getting into the new one, it's great to have some pointers on how packing things and moving them can be made easier. For that, I thank you! Also, good luck on moving!
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