Moving home is both a super exciting and super stressful process.
A new home marks the start of a new chapter, and moving into a new place fills most of us with excitement for the memories that yet to be made in those four walls.
However, the process of packing up all your things and moving them into your new pad can be extremely stressful.
Things often get lost or broken, and organising and unpacking everything on the other side can take weeks, even months.
I have done my fair share of moving in my time, and I have picked up some tips and tricks along the way.
Today I’m going to share with you my top tips for making moving home a little bit easier and less stressful.
17 Smart Moving Tips That Will Save You Stress
PACK BOOKS IN SUITCASES
Books can get super heavy very quickly. Rather than trying to cram your collection into boxes, then breaking your back trying to lift them, pack your reads into a suitcase so they can be wheeled to your new home much more easily.
ROLL DON’T FOLD
Any clothes, bedding, towels or other textiles that you’re moving can be rolled instead of folded. Rolling will allow you to compact more items into the space so that you don’t need as many boxes to get everything from A to B.
PACK PER ROOM
Use colour coded labels or marker pens to pack your boxes according to the room that they belong in. This will make it much easier for you to unpack and put everything in it’s place when you reach the other side.
Don’t leave packing to the last minute. If you know the date in which you’re moving, then start the packing process a few weeks or even a month before the move. That way you can do a little bit at a time and won’t find yourself in a flustered panic leading up to the big day.
LEAVE CLOTHES ON HANGERS
Rather than folding all your clothes into boxes and moving them that way, just cover them with a bin bag and keep them on the hangers. Then you can simply hang them up in your new wardrobe and remove the bag nice and easy!
PACK AN OVERNIGHT BOX
Make sure to pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials you will need for your first night in your new home. You’re going to want your toiletries, a change on clothes, tea, coffee, dinner and a clean towel when you arrive in your new pad, so make sure these things are at easy reach for you.
WRAP DRAWERS IN CLINGFILM
Carrying drawers up and down stairs is painful enough without having drawers rolling around all over the place. Wrap your drawers in clingfilm to stop them moving about and you will find it much easier transporting your furniture.
FIND FREE BOXES
Moving costs can really add up, so cut the bill a little bit by asking local businesses if they have any cardboard boxes that you can have. Most places will have regular deliveries, so will be more than happy for you to take the stacks of boxes off their hands.
USE COTTON BALLS TO SAVE MAKEUP
Prevent powdered makeup from breaking by placing a cotton ball inside the compact for protection.
SAFE STORAGE FOR SCREWS & BOLTS
If you need to disassembled furniture, then keep all the screws, bolts and fittings in a plastic bag and tape it to the side of one of the panels so you can put your furniture back together without any unnecessary headache.
WRAP GLASSWARE IN SOCKS
Save glasses and cups from smashing in transit by covering them with a sock and packing tightly in boxes to be transported.
STORE KNIVES INSIDE OVEN MITTS
Avoid accidents by storing kitchen knives inside an oven mitt so that nobody cuts themself during the moving process.
USE UP THE FOOD YOU HAVE
Try to avoid grocery shopping in the lead up to the move and eat the food that you have in your freezer and pantry instead. Frozen food is likely to thaw in transit and end up being thrown out and canned foods are only going to add to the amount that needs to to be ferried over to your new place.
USE A BOX CUTTER TO CREATE HANDLES
Make carrying heavy boxes a little less painful by using a box cutter to install handles for easy lifting.
PUT TAPE OVER MIRRORS
Cover mirrors in tape in a cross shape to prevent them from getting smashed during the move.
PHOTOGRAPH YOUR CABLES
Save time and hassle setting up your TV and AV equipment in your new home by taking a photo of the back of your television and satellite boxes before you unplug them. When you reach the other side you can simply refer to the photo rather than trying to figure out from scratch which wire goes where.
TAKE TIME OFF WORK
Lastly, relieve some of the pressure of moving by booking a few days off work. Nothing is more stressful than trying to fit your day job around settling in your new home, so take a few days off to get everything in and unpacked, then you can return to work having made a decent start on sorting the place out.
To Finish Off…
I hope you found this post useful and will be able to use some of these tips if you’re planning on moving home in the near future.
Let me know your top tips for a smooth transition into a new home, and I hope to see you back around here soon for more lifestyle tips and advice!