Moving house can be such a stressful and tiring process. We all have to do it at some point in our lives and some more than once! We’re currently in between moving, which means we don’t have our own place at the moment as we’re staying at a friend’s house. While our friend has been ever so accommodating it’s still slightly frustrating at times when most of our life is still in boxes in the garage. I won’t bore you all with the details about why we’re in a sort of comfortable limbo but it’s basically to do with my partner, Rhys’s work contract. Things could definitely be worse but I’ve been thinking of tips and advice from this experience that I can pass onto others that may become in similar situations. So before you get stuck in and pack all of your life up, have a read of my list below and hopefully you’ll feel a little less overwhelmed. (unless you have some sort of gold service to do it all for you – you lucky thing!):
- Time. However long you think it’s going to take it always take a lot longer! Those photo albums you haven’t looked at in years and the endless amounts of wrapping up all of your plates and glasses in bubble wrap or newspaper just adds hours on!
- De clutter. Let’s face it, you’ll definitely have plenty of things you don’t need any more and there’s no point wasting precious space in your boxes and taking them with you. I wrote a blog Spring Clean Your Wardrobe that could be of help!
- Boxes. Lots and lots of boxes! Make sure you get an array of different sizes. It’s no good sourcing gigantic ones thinking you’ll be able to pack more stuff in them and be done with it. I tried it, then failed trying to move it because it was sooo heavy! Leave the big boxes for cushions, lamp shades and bedding.
- Sorting. Before putting any items into any boxes you need to sort out your belongings into categories: i.e. Fragile, heavy stuff and items to keep handy if you you’re not unpacking soon after you’ve moved out.
- Those handy items. I mentioned that these should be one of your categories to be sorted ? Well it could be a handbag worth of stuff or in our case a few suitcases! It all depends on your situation. You don’t want to get to your destination and realise your favourite shoes or your child’s most treasured toys that helps them get to sleep are right at the bottom of a box. Even worse, not remembering which box they’re in! Other handy items can include favourite toiletries, make-up, phone chargers and important paperwork.
- Tools & Materials. Aside from making sure you have the correct tools to dismantle or flat pack as much furniture as you can, a few other items are essential… A good sized van to transport is waaaay better than multiple trips in the car. Bubble wrap, tape and Sealy bags for screws and bits and a parcel tape dispenser and a trolley if you can get hold of them.
- Label and line the boxes. As you start to pack remember to label what is in the box! Also stating which room it will belong in will help anyone that may be giving you a helping hand at the other end. I can’t help but line the bottom of the box with a bin bag just in case the box is placed on a wet floor. I know this should be an unlikely thing to happen but you never know! You can still use the bin bags at a later date so they won’t be wasted.
- Clever Packing. You want to make sure you’re using up all the space available in your boxes. There’s nothing worse than to have stuff rattling about to make you feel uneasy and think your belonging are getting broken.
- Sealing the boxes: If possible, try not to seal the boxes until the very last minute. Having lots of little extra bits left over at the end is always going to happen. Just when you think you’ve done an amazing job of packing everything away more stuff seems to appear!
- Treat yourself to a meal out. It doesn’t matter if it’s a restaurant, fast food joint or take away! You’ve worked hard all day and last thing you’ll want to do is search through all your bubble wrap to get out your cooking equipment and to sit on the floor with it because you’re too tired to assemble any furniture. Let’s face it, you’ll have an empty fridge anyway!
Happy Moving 🙂
Hope these tips have come in handy and you enjoyed the photos of colourful houses to make this post a bit more vibrant! Since when was the subject of moving house ever fun?!
If anyone has any other moving house tips to share then please comment or get in touch. We still have to do all of this again in the near future ourselves! Eeek!