Moving has to be one of the most stressful things you can ever do…especially when you have children! It’s difficult to remain stress free when you’re trying to get all you belongings safely from one destination to another; however I have listed below my Top 10 Tips for moving:
Top 10 Tips for Moving
-Do one room at a time. It’s best to start with the front room. Pack away anything that will not be needed immediately or within the weeks leading up to your moving date.
-Clear out at the same time as packing. You will come across lots of stuff that you may have forgotten about and are no longer needed; this is especially true if you have children. Clear out and give away or to charity any toys, clothes, shoes or books that they no longer can utilise.
-When packing make sure you keep all the things for each room in the same box and mark each box. This will make it easier to unpack.
-If you have an Ikea nearby they do excellent bags for 40p that can fit nearly anything in. I used them for mine and Ky’s shoes, coats and bedding. They also do great boxes for 80p which you put together yourself and they are very sturdy. I used them for books, paperwork and general bits and bobs.
-Pack an overnight bag! After moving the last thing you want to do is look for your night clothes, toiletries or even clothes for the following day.
-Mail Redirection – If like me you have to move with little notice and you do not have the time to inform anyone of your new address then Royal Mail offer a First Class Redirection service for your mail. You can do it for 3 months to a year and the cost varies depending on which package you choose. (This applies to UK residents only). Check your local Post Office or online at royalmail.co.uk for more details. If you live outside of the UK then check with you mail service provider.
-If you have children get them to pack a bag with stuff that will keep them entertained during the move and for the first few days until you can unpack their stuff/toys.
-Inform any service providers such as Sky or Virgin Media that you are moving and depending on whether your new property has previously had services installed you may be able to get the services the same day you move or they will give you a installation date.
-Take Gas and Electricity Meter readings. On your moving day ensure that you note down the meter readings for both your old and new address. This is so that you can inform any energy providers, to ensure that you get billed correctly and are not charged for energy you did not use!
-Enjoy! Yes I know that can sound crazy but try to enjoy the idea of a new start and change. I think you can so easily be caught up in the stress of moving that you forget to live in the moment and excitement.
I hope all or some of my tips will help you prepare for moving. They definitely helped me and made moving at lot less stressful than I first imagined it would be .Ky and I are settling in nicely and at current are decorating so that we can feel even more at home.
Why not watch my video on these tips where I expand on each tip further! Click here
Have you also moved recently? If so what tips do you have to make moving less stressful.