Moving On: Essential Packing Tips For A Stress-Free Move
They say the two most stressful things in life are getting divorced and moving house. Thankfully we’re doing the latter. With this new year we’re thinking it’s time for a change, a clean slate. You, too?
Join us on the bandwagon! Moving doesn’t have to be this horrific ordeal. If anything, it’s exciting, because it means a fresh start, a new beginning. And that is something worth getting behind.
Take it from yours truly, who is effectively a professional gypsy: Moving house can be a really rewarding experience. No, it’s not fun, nor will it ever be no matter how many Sex and the City ‘Walk This Way’ montages you recreate with your friends, but it is always beneficial because you gain so many #lifelessons from the relocation process.
How to make it as easy as possible? For a (relatively) stress-free move, pay attention to these tiperoonis:
Notify all necessary parties of moving date and schedule exchanging of keys / signing of documents. Give as much notice to all parties as possible (this will make your life easier, too). While you’re at it, find out what services will be available when you move in: Will you have access to internet? Do you need to do anything with the electricity/gas account changeover? What’s the story with the heating? Set up new accounts for these if need be so you’re not surprised in the bad way when you get there.
When it comes to your belongings, the first thing is to figure out what transportation you’re going to require to shift your sh*t from A to B. Have you got enough stuff to warrant a truck/van, can you do it in a few trips sans van but plus some moving elves known as your friends? Are you minimalist enough to do it by yourself via Uber? And if your possessions status currently requires a van but you want it to be do-it-yourself-able, how drastic a downsize is involved? Work out all of this and use it as your aim for cleansing. PS If you’ve been living in your crib for over a year, expect to be expected to have it professionally cleaned. It’s the law, so factor in this expense to the whole cost of moving.
Feng shui the daylights out of your house. While your energy’s high start with the tough one, your wardrobe. Progress to the rest of your bedroom, then the bathroom (a fairly easy one to purge), and then the living room and kitchen. By the time you get to these two you’ll be so in the zone you’ll have zero emotional attachment to the majority of objects and appliances, you’ll rationally keep and toss things like a pro.
If you’ve got enough stuff that it needs to be packed into boxes, perform your own stocktake and note how many boxes are for the different rooms in your new place. This way, when you get to your new home you’ll know pretty much instantly whether anything’s missing, or in what cluster of boxes your frying pan is. Otherwise just cram everything as best you can into suitcases.
Take photos of your place, new and old
Once everything’s packed up take photos of your current casa and any knocks/smudges/cracks so your landlord/letting agent can’t contest anything. If there’s less than 20, it’s worth writing these down in an email, too, and sending it to your landlord/letting agent as further proof. Do the same in your new home before you unpack. Annoying, yes, but so, so, so helpful down the line.
Plan for the first night in your new digs
Know that you’ll probably not get everything unpacked (unless you’re a ninja like us) because the whole ordeal is mega-tiring and rather boring at times. With this knowledge, ensure you’ve got easy access to everything you need for a successful first night: blankets, a towel, basic cooking utensils, toothbrush/toothpaste, tomorrow’s outfit ready to go and your makeup kit. Don’t forget an eye mask and ear plugs just in case there’s more noise than you thought there was, or if the blinds aren’t as dark as you’re used to. A bad night’s sleep on your first night in your new home can totally ruin the whole experience.
Plan for unexpected costs
Ensure you’ve enough cash in your bank account should you encounter any last minute costs.
Throw a housewarming party.
You’ve earned it.