Moving to a new house is known to be one of life’s most stressful events. But there are steps you can take to alleviate some of the anxieties that come with the upheaval.
Packing up your home will inevitably take longer than you anticipate. You’ll have years of possessions in your home and a loft stuffed with things you’ve forgotten about that will all need sorting and packing. As soon as you know your move is definite, make a plan, including getting hold of the boxes you’ll need, booking a removal company and hiring a skip for your big sort-out.
Start with the rooms you use least often. Then, just as you would if you were having a big spring clean, sort your belongings into three piles – keep, skip, charity/sell. Systematically work through your rooms, boxing your ‘keep’ pile carefully. You’ll be amazed how quickly your skip will fill up with all the rubbish and unsellable junk you’ve accumulated over the years.
Label, label, label
As you sort and box everything you’re taking with you, take a careful inventory of what goes in each box, numbering each one so you know exactly where your items are. It makes things so much more effective when it comes unpacking everything again.
Pack an ‘essentials’ box
Load a key and instantly recognisable box with all the things you’ll want immediately in your new home – crucially, a kettle, teabags, milk and mugs! Sensible items like bin bags, phone chargers and other must-have items will make life so much easier, so think carefully about what you’ll want to get your hands on right away.
To avoid any technology headaches in your new home, take photos of where wires and leads need plugging in again so you don’t have to dig out instructions.