No matter how many times you do it or how organised you try to be, the process of moving rarely ends up being a simple exercise.
You may find it easier to go through everything yourself in the first instance, determining quickly what stays and what goes. Once you have decided what you are taking with you, then you can call in help to quickly and easily pack it all up.
Don’t underestimate time
It’s usually pretty safe to say that a move will take longer than you think, particularly the time it takes you to pack your belongings up. The reason for this? People forget how much they have accumulated over the years. However long you think it may take, add a day or two, or start earlier. This will help to prevent stress along the way.
Plan your disposal
As you prepare to move homes, there will no doubt be a few things that won’t be coming with you, that you will need to dispose of, sell, or give away. After culling, you may find that you suddenly have a build up of possessions that are difficult to move all at once. In order to avoid this issue, try to stagger your disposal – separate items for different destinations (e.g. rubbish/charity/friends) as you go and aim to clear away at the end of each day.
Clean prior to arriving and unpacking
Starting with a clean space should make your move-in easier in the long run. Once furniture is in place it becomes much harder to vacuum the floor and wipe-down surfaces such as window sills. While you will no doubt need to do more cleaning once your furniture has been moved in – clearing away dust and grime etc – having a fresh space to begin with is ideal.
Make it a priority to connect phones, electricity and other services
People may not realise that it can take time for some of the services in your new home, such as telephones, internet, electricity etc, to be reconnected; as it’s not always simply a matter of phoning up and having an instantaneous activation. Try to plan your reconnections in advance to avoid inconvenient situations when you first move in.
Unpack stage by stage
While it can be tempting to unpack a box here and there as items are needed in various rooms of your new property, according to my friends, the most efficient and least time consuming way to unpack was to approach it room by room. The important and most necessary rooms should be unpacked first, such as the kitchen, main bedrooms and bathroom, with the less crucial rooms coming afterwards.
Clean as you go
The entire unpacking process can take some time and many people find that they are living amidst a sea of boxes and mess for a little while after a move. Clutter can often prove to be somewhat overwhelming, but if you can set some time aside to clean away mess (such as packing materials) as you go, the remaining boxes to be unpacked should feel less burdensome.
For those of you who are about to through a move, we wish you all the very best of luck. And if things get stressful, just remember the new home that you have waiting for you at the other end.
Source : Life@ Home (April 2012)