Tips for a Stress-Free Move

Tips for a Stress-Free Move

As a renter, if there is are one thing I dread it is moving. I have decided people who own their own properties, are less likely to have this problem, as they usually spend many years in the same home until they may need to move to a larger or smaller property.

In addition, when you own, you always have a choice, but for us renters the issue of a property owner who does not wish to renew a contract often decides moving is the only option for us!

Because I have moved house many times over the years I have many tricks and tips l have learned unfortunately, which I will share with you here.

The first tip I learned from the good folk at People often put all similar items into a crate, then start another crate with similar items. So all books in one, kitchen pans in another, etc.

However, when you your new home you will be extremely tired on the first night, and not want to go through every single crate your own. So just assign a few items you need for the evening to the first crate – a few books you may have on the go, etc. Packing them into a box with every other book your own, maybe not the best idea as you will find when you want to read a bit before falling asleep the night of the move.

So, don’t pack by type, pack by how important the items after you arrive. I typically need six large crates – I will label them: very important, important, quite important, not so important, not important at all, and very unimportant. Probably the items in the last one can be thrown or given to charity.

I think these labels are self-explanatory.When I get to my home, I only need to find the very important crate and unpack that one that night. It will typically contain my bathroom essentials, any book I may be reading, a couple of items for the kitchen;a few cups, plates and essential cutlery.The “important” box will contain the clothes I need for the following few days, cooking utensils I use frequently, etc. I am sure you get the picture.

This way, I do not have to go through every crate to find things I will need the first week in my new home.

Tip number two is to label everything in your boxes.Every crate I pack has a label on the outside telling me exactly what is in the box.It could be that when packing I decided that item was not particularly important, but I later realised that I need said item on my first night in my new home. Therefore finding it is not such a big deal.

Tip number three is to get everyone out of the way. When I say everyone, I mean everyone.It is not helpful when moving to have kids and pets in the way, or even a partner. Mine just makes suggestions that are useless to be honest. He is great have around when we need to lift heavy stuff, but on moving day that is not essential because the moving men are paid to do the job and they are also keen to get on.

So send your husband off for the day with the children and pets. Not having them under your feet will be a great relief, allowing you to get everything done in a timely manner.

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