MOVING home is up there with some of the most stressful life events we can encounter. With all the time needed for planning and packing, it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed or at a loss on where to begin.
Start early and write down the things you need and want to do and create a timeline. It is easier to tick-off your to-dos when you see them on a list like sourcing a removalist service early on, disconnection and connection of utilities, organising the cleaners, and mail redirection, just to name a few.
Pretty much everyone has some items they could cull, and it’s best to do it way before the packing process begins.
Sort, pack or discard your belongings prior to your move. Include items that you use on a regular basis and consider selling or giving away items that you don’t need.
Write on those boxes!
Imagine unpacking for hours and needing to take a coffee break. Except, you have no idea what box the coffee cups are packed into. Avoid this by labelling each box, even if your number them and have a master list printed of what’s in each box if you have time to organise that.
Make a ‘first night’ bag or box up
Make sure you have the bed linen and towels, toiletries and things like the aforementioned coffee cups set aside to go straight into your new home.
Get the lay of the land
If you have not yet been where you are heading, go online and do your research. Familiarise yourself with the essential places like childcare, schools, supermarkets, GP clinics and nearby takeaways for those days that you cannot be bothered to cook.