7 tips to reduce stress on moving day
So, the exciting part! You have secured your new dream house and the only thing remaining is to wait for moving day! It’s a thrilling time for anyone, single, couple, or family, but it can be also be a stressful one if you’re unsure on where to get started with everything. Planning in advance can help to make your dream home move as smooth, efficient, and stress-free as possible.
Here we have put together a selection of top tips to help you through your dream home move.
1. Declutter in advance
It’s always best to start packing well in advance. In fact, it’s ideal if you can start the decluttering process when you begin to search for your new dream home.
Sell any items of value that you don’t require, to make a small profit and to offset some of the costs of moving. Donate items to charity that aren’t worth selling but are still in good condition, and then recycle or dispose of the rest. This applies to everything, from clothes to knick-knacks. Streamline what you will bring to your new home.
2. Create a packing plan
Create a packing plan by going through what you need to have available until the day of the move. Once you have that list, you can then work out how you intend to pack up your belongings. This can be by theme, by room, or both.
For example, you might have general bathroom boxes, bedroom boxes and kitchen boxes or you might instead pack by object type, for example packing away all your towels and tea-towels in one box and bathroom toiletries, hand soaps and so on in another. When packing, you should try and keep boxes at a manageable weight and ensure that items won’t break through the box, so don’t pile them too high! The last thing you want is for your valuables to become damaged in the moving process.
3. Label each box as you go
When packing up items in boxes, it’s very important that you label each box with its contents. This way, you won’t have to open every box right away and have your new home filled with items that don’t yet have a place to go. If you created a strategic enough packing plan, you should be able to unpack a few boxes and have everything you need to be comfortable whilst you unpack your belongings.
4. Disassemble furniture
Not every piece of furniture can easily be taken apart, but the chances are you will have at least one or two items such as beds or wardrobes. Disassembling these items can make moving your furniture and belongings so much easier. You might also want to invest in movers blankets so that your furniture doesn’t get dented when it is disassembled.
5. Have your children help you pack
If you have kids, it can be difficult to move to a new home, especially if they are worried about the change. You can improve this situation by asking them to help you pack. Have them declutter their own rooms and become involved and give them tasks disguised as games to help make the move fun.
As a little extra for your kids, our sister company Mindful Homes have created a gift box designed especially for children when moving home. The Mindful Kids Gift Box features a selection of joyful and calming gifts (including affirmation cards) to help children feel at ease in their new home. You can take a more detailed look at what’s inside the box, here.
6. Hire professional movers
Once everything is boxed up and labelled, you are going to want to hire professional movers. This takes out the heavy lifting, saves your back, and means your furniture is in good hands as it is packed up and moved into your new property. This is particularly important for furniture you couldn’t disassemble into small pieces.
7. Bring “First Night Boxes” with you
The last thing that you should pack are your “First Night Boxes”. These boxes should have clothes for a few days, towels, toiletries, bed linen, blankets, kitchen tools and utensils, such as a kettle, mugs, tea and coffee. Essentially anything you will need for the first few nights in your new home. Bring them with you in your own vehicle so that you can easily find them once all your other items are safely within your new home.
A smooth house move is one that is done well in advance. The last thing you want is to be rushing around because your moving date is nearing, and you need to be out of the property in just a few days.
If you’d like more detailed tips and useful resources for moving home, such as packing tips, essential box items, and week by week moving guides, why not take a look at our Mindful Moving Home Planner. The perfect moving home accessory, packed full of tips, guides and checklists to help you on your dream home journey.
We also highly recommend ‘Just Move In’ – a home set up service that can look after Council tax, Utilities, Royal Mail redirect, Removals, Storage and much more. You can access this service (worth £290) free of charge through our partnership, using the following link.
As always, if we can help in any way with your dream home journey, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can call us at 01162 436 912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org