Ah, moving day. The thought of it is initially exciting. But it can turn into a growing sense of dread as you continue to procrastinate on packing. And ultimately, panic sets in as the big day approaches and you feel utterly unprepared.
Apparently, for many, moving house is even more stressful than having a child. And all that stress reaches boiling point on moving day.
Make no mistake, we’re well aware of how crazy moving day can be. But, according to research by Bosch, the average person in the UK will move house 8 times. So, how do you bring yourselves to face the frenzy without having a freak out?
Read on for some moving home tips to help keep your stress levels at a minimum:
Take your label game up a notch
Yup, we’d advise colour coding those boxes. A bright neon label beats a hastily scrawled label when you’re trying to create an efficient moving set up for yourselves or your removals services.
Label your boxes clearly. They should state which room they need to be moved into, and a short description of what’s inside.
Put all labels on both the top and the side of the box, so there’s no chance of them being misplaced in the chaos.
Protect your flooring
Let’s face it, there’s bound to be a fair bit of scuffling and stomping on moving day. Eliminate any stress about potential damage to your new (and old) floors by adding some protective materials to the mix.
Just flatten some good old cardboard boxes to lay down on the floor and you’re good to go.
Give yourself enough time, and don’t underestimate how long the process will actually take
Now, this one is easier said than done. But you really can’t underestimate the importance of planning.
Not having enough time is a huge contributor to the level of stress you experience on moving day. Make things easier for yourself by setting realistic timelines. Start this with the packing process. Our research showed that over 40% of people found packing to be the most stressful part of moving.
Work out how much time you think you might need to pack up your home, and add an extra couple of days to it. Having a bit of extra leeway time never hurts, and you’ll feel so much better for it come moving day.
Leave the heavy lifting to the professionals.
If there’s anything worth investing in on moving day, it’s a good removals service.
This will reduce the pain levels of this day more than any form of pre-organisation or colour coding could do. Not only will you get help with the heavy lifting, removals services can also help with packing your things up so they’re well protected. They’ll also safely cart over any awkwardly shaped items that just don’t fit into a box.
Move furniture and larger items in first
If you hire any removals services worth their salt, they’ll be able to tell you which items need to be moved first. The most obvious one is making sure you move your larger items first.
How does this reduce stress levels, you ask? Well, picture this scenario: You lug a heavy box into your new pad and are faced with clutter and multiple smaller boxes strewn about the rooms. Not only is this obstructive to the transport of your bigger items, it’s also a major tripping hazard.
Deck out your new home with furniture first, and then worry about getting the small stuff in later.
Carry heavy items in suitcases
If you value your back and don’t want to spend your first morning in your new home aching up a storm, toss (or nicely pack) heavier items such as books into wheeled suitcases so you can glide them into your new home with ease.
Beats trying to lug them in cardboard boxes and risking serious injury.
(Try to) relax
Moving day isn’t where the stress ends. Ever experienced being surrounded by a plethora of unpacked boxes and the slow dawning realisation of just how much is left to be done?
Take a deep breath and tell yourself that it doesn’t all need to be done at once. One box at a time…