Let’s face it, moving house is stressful. I’ve lived in almost ten houses in the past ten years, so I know a thing or two about moving! As we all move at some point in our lives, I thought I’d compile some of my top tips for moving house without losing your mind.
Hire a company to move heavy and bulky items
One of the hardest things to deal with when moving house is the heavy and bulky items in your home, such as sofas, tables and bedroom furniture. Companies such as Shiply will move your items for you, taking the problem out of your hands. This can be more cost effective than hiring a moving company as you can pack smaller items yourself in yours or a friend’s vehicle, and leave the heavy stuff to the experts.
Take a couple of days off to move
A couple of times I have moved house in the evening, after a long day of work. I suggest not doing this unless you enjoy bickering with family members, and instead, take a couple of days off work (or move at the weekend) to ensure you have enough time to move without getting stressed. The main thing is to get your furniture and items into the new house; you can tackle the unpacking another day.
Collect as many boxes as possible
Having a selection of boxes is never important (or remotely interesting) until you’re moving and you find you don’t have any. You can find boxes for free; ask friends who work in retail or business who may have boxes ready to throw out, save any boxes that you get when you buy something and even take a look at recycling centres. You can buy boxes but if you can find them for free, all the better.
Pack a bottle of wine and a takeaway menu in a special bag
After a long day of moving, all you’re going to want to do is chill out and take it easy. What better way to celebrate your first night in your new home than with a bottle of wine and a takeaway? Make sure you’ve got a local takeaway in mind (research before you move) and pack your bottle of wine in your handbag so you don’t have to search for it. Don’t forget wine glasses and some cutlery!
*This is a collaborative post but all opinions my own*