Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful things you can do. I moved house a couple of years ago and I can definitely vouch for that – the packing, the travelling, the cleaning, the decorating, the unpacking.. there’s a lot to organise and do. Although it can be a stressful time I wouldn’t be put off moving again because of that, in fact, I would like to move in the next year or two.
I have been in my current home for just over two years now and I love living here, the area is lovely, the house is great, my neighbours are really nice and honestly, there isn’t much I would change about it, aside from having a garden that is. Although I live near a country park and have access to a lot of green space it’s not the same as having my own garden and that’s something I would love. I enjoy spending time outdoors and miss being able to walk into a garden where I can sit outside to relax or even write a blog post or two. I know my cat Rua also misses having a garden and I reluctantly let her outside without one but I would feel a lot happier knowing she was safe in a fenced area.
When I moved house I picked up a few tips and tricks for making the experience as quick and stress-free as possible. Last time I moved everything went smoothly so hopefully when I move in the future if I use the same tips it will be another stress-free experience. If you’re moving soon then why not follow the below tips and see if you can benefit from them and have a smooth moving experience.
Have a clearout
I don’t know about you but I’m a bit of a hoarder and I tend to keep things when they should probably be moved on. I recently had a big clearout and it feels great to have a lot more space. Before I move I will be having another clearout where I will donate unwanted items, bin items which are ruined and perhaps sell a few items too. I have a garage which is also full of items which I need to organise and look through but I have a hard time parting with things, however, I know it’s not sensible to take items to a new house when they won’t be used. It’s just creating more work for myself to pack and store the items.
Book services early
When I moved last time I was lucky to have my family living nearby who were able to help me pack and move. I hired a van which my family helped me pack and my dad drove the van to my new house, it was a really easy process and something that I will definitely consider doing again. However, I do have a lot more furniture now and other items which will make the process a little more difficult than last time, in fact, when the fridge/freezer was delivered the guys bringing it in said good luck getting that out again so that’s something I’m not looking forward to. For that reason, I wouldn’t rule out hiring a house removals company to help me make the move easier and so I could relax knowing that everything will be taken care of for me. I will also be booking any services early to ensure everything is in place for the day/time I want there would be nothing worse than leaving it to the last minute and not being able to move on the day you had planned.
One step at a time
Moving house can be stressful and it can seem like a never-ending task but if you break it down into smaller tasks and do things one step at a time it will be much less stressful and more manageable. During my previous house move, I organised one room at a time only leaving the essentials to pack on moving day, this helped me feel in control and not overwhelmed. It also meant I could see progress when I had completed each room rather than bouncing for room to room and not seeing any real progress which can be deflating.
Ask for help
As I mentioned above I was lucky and received a lot of help when I moved house, my family helped me pack, move the items and even get everything unpacked at the other end. If you have help available don’t be afraid to ask for it, whether that be asking a friend to help you pack, asking family members to babysit while you get things sorted or driving the van to your new home. Having a helping hand makes things much easier and it means you don’t have to do everything on your own.
Do you have any tried and tested tips for taking the stress out of moving house?
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