Moving house is a stressful experience at the best of times. You have to move every possession you own, a whole life essentially, in an often inappropriately short timeframe. The world can feel like it’s coming crashing down on you, but you’ve just got to keep on going, with the knowledge that things will eventually work out ok.
Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to make the moving process less stressful. Following any or all of the tips listed below will hopefully lead to your moving being a far less stressful, more pleasant process.
Leave more time than you think you need
Often, the most stressful part of the move is simply not having enough time to do everything. You leave what you think is a sufficient amount of time to take care of everything, but each task ends up being far more complex than expected.
To help avoid this, try sorting everything out way ahead of time. Take some time off from work if possible, and book things like a removals company at least a month in advance. Start the packing process well in advance as well, but be sure not to pack up anything that you’ll need in the meantime.
Pack things like books, clothes you don’t wear, sports equipment – anything not essential for your regular life. Then in that last week, you can pack the daily essentials like your coffee maker.
While the move will no doubt be at least a little stressful, you can at least help to make the aftermath of the move a little easier. Unpacking can quickly make your new place look like a bomb went off, and once the daily responsibilities of work and the like have set in again, it might stay that way for months.
A simple way of avoiding this is by labelling everything when you’re packing, and being through with your organisation tactics. Make sure that each box only contains items of a similar category, and label each box to clearly show what’s in it.
Label multiple sides of the boxes and maybe even the top, so you don’t have to keep spinning it like a Rubix cube to find where you’ve posted them. You can either write the labels by hand, or buy a cheap labelling gun to make it all a bit neater.
Use a storage facility
Finally, it can be a very good idea to use a storage facility. If there’s a gap between your moving dates, this can be basically essential; some storage companies will make the process easier for you by picking up your items, storing them, and then dropping them off again when you’re ready.
Even if you don’t have a gap between moving dates, it can still be a good idea to use a storage facility. It enables you to slowly move your items into your new home, potentially avoiding the feelings of being overwhelmed by the things mentioned above.