The Moving Countdown Begins: Where to Start?
Moving home isn’t a decision that comes lightly, but if you’re ready to move, decluttering your home is a great way to get started and prepare for the move.
Whether you give to charity, recycle or simply get rid of items that are no longer viable for use, reducing the number of things you have to pack and relocate will put you in great stead for a stress free move.
Beginning your organisization months before your move date may seem unnecessary, but the longer you give yourself to prepare, the easier things will be on moving day. With everything neatly sorted away in our homes, it’s typically only when we start to take everything out of it’s place that we realize just how many unused items we’ve accumulated. Starting to organize your current space around 60 days prior to the move should give you ample time to rehome any items or to take them to the tip/recylcing pound.
Remember, the more items you have, the more journeys between locations you will need to take and the bigger your mode of transport will need to be – this can result in extra costs so it’s wise to only take items you want and need to your new home.
30 Days Before You Move
Relocating and the upheaval that comes with that isn’t always easy, but there are things you can do to help make the process smoother sailing.
Instead of diving headfirst into random sections of your home, start by making yourself a daily checklist and tackle one space at a time in a methodic manner.
Preparation is key, so have your labels and markers ready so you know where everything is, even when it’s packed away.
If you just can’t muster the motivation to get going, set yourself a timer – the simple act of the numbers ticking down should get you into gear, and give you the challenge of doing as much as you can in your allotted time.
At this stage, you should also consider getting any help organized for moving day – hire your movers well in advance to give yourself peace of mind. If you need a large container for storage, enquire as soon as possible to ensure you can get a container for your required dates.
14 Days To Go
Things should really feel like they’re coming together now, and items such as artwork, ornaments, and accessories can all be packed. If you haven’t already, it’s at this stage, you can also start packing up spare bedrooms and stripping your home back to the essentials. This will give you more room for moving large items too.
The Week Before Moving Day
The week before moving day is often busy and filled with mixed emotions. To make sure everything stays on track, consider the following:
- Confirm with your moving company (or those that are helping you) that they’re still on track to arrive on the day/time specified
- Create an inventory of anything left unpacked, with dates you will pack it
- Begin taking down curtains/blinds in spare rooms or those you don’t use
- Notify service providers of your change of address
- Cancel subscriptions to your current location
- Make a cleaning checklist so all rooms are cleaned and clear come moving day
What To Do on Moving Day
The day has finally come. To ensure moving day goes with a hitch, set aside a backpack or small or suitcase so that you can pack away things like toiletries and daily medications once you’ve used them. You’ll also find it useful to keep a bottle of water and a few small snacks to keep your energy levels up – moving can be tiring – especially if you’ll be carrying items into your new home yourself.
If you’re hoping to give your new home a clean before unpacking, keep a bucket of your regular cleaning supplies close to hand so you can do a whip round on arrival.
And there you have it, a small guide to moving home. We hope our tips make your move a little smoother and (dare we say it) enjoyable.
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