Importance of Organising When Moving House
Moving home is incredibly exciting, but it can also be very stressful. When you begin, you start off by thinking it’s easy. It’s just putting stuff in boxes right? Wrong.
Once you start, you quickly realise that all of your possessions have somehow managed to multiply like rabbits, and you’re faced with a mountain of items from the kitchen, wardrobe and even the bathroom that you didn’t even know you had. “How has this even got here?” you ask yourself, as though it has been stowed there by some invisible house goblin.
It can be tough to know where to start when it comes to facing up to it, but some careful planning and organisation can help this tedious transition go a little smoother. We’ve got some great tips for getting your things in order before moving day!
Create a moving timeline
Think about the things you’ll need before you actually move into your new place; which of those you won’t miss if it goes into storage, and what can cause more problems than it solves if you can’t access it? The last thing you want is to be ripping open boxes when they’ve already been taped up just to find a teaspoon for your morning cuppa.
Consider that you’ll more than likely need most of your kitchen equipment (unless of course you’re adverse to daily nutrition), and likely your clothes. Books and DVDs are also a good one to pack up at your earliest convenience- it’s not likely you’re going to need those over the next couple of days.
However, there are certain items that you could perhaps do without in this period of time, such as larger kitchen equipment like blenders, food processors and slow cookers. The same goes for the pile of 20 different jumpers that you definitely don’t need during your move in mid-June! Be smart about what gets packed and when.
Creating some guidelines for when you want to tackle each individual room is a great place to start. We recommend that you begin the process at least a month before your move date- just the preparation, not necessarily the packing itself! Consider:
Mark boxes by room
It seems obvious, but this small step barely takes seconds to do and can save hours when you’re trying to track down your hairdryer in a vast forest of unsightly cardboard boxes.
As you go along, simply using a sharpie to indicate which room each box belongs to is super helpful when you tackle the task of redistributed your belongings in your new building. We recommend assigning a room to each individual in your household to unpack, as this step makes that even more simple as you won’t be falling over each other.
Plus, a box marked “kitchen” is easy to track down for cutlery and a couple of plates ready for the inevitable takeaway you’re bound to end up ordering on the evening of your move day.
Get rid of any junk
This step can resolve so many issues before you even begin packing. Some of us hoard more than others, and somehow letting go of items that we know full well that we haven’t used in a long time or that we don’t even remember procuring in the first place can be a surprisingly tough enterprise.
However, be honest with yourself. If your justification for keeping hold of something is because you MIGHT need in it in the future rather than because you used it in the last 3 months, consider binning it. This goes for clothes, shoes, and even bulky kitchen gadgets.
Better still, if you are getting rid of a lot of items that are in a good condition, perhaps think about donating them to charity. Some charities can even arrange to pick up good quality furniture and electricals that they can sell on, and they can claim gift aid from your donations too. Good organisation skills AND a good deed? It’s a big yes from us!
Packing is incredibly tedious, and it can be easy to get sidetracked. What was an hour long job suddenly turns into a day, which ultimately turns into panic when your actual moving day starts looming over you. It’s easy to get lost in a photo album full of treasured memories, or re-reading ancient birthday cards that you’ve surreptitiously collected over the years… but Stay. On. Task.
Try to eliminate distractions- perhaps consider leaving your mobile and laptop in another room, so that you’re not sub-consciously sabotaging your own moving schedule. Try and be aware of when your mind is wondering and trying to procrastinate, we’re all guilty of it!
All it takes is a little dedication and time-management, and you can eradicate a lot of stress on the big day itself. Your ultimate reward for taking these steps is that in the long run, you’ve done yourself a huge favour.
To summarise, here’s a handy checklist to start a month before you move:
- Make a list of items you want to take
- Make a list of items you want to get rid of
- Is there anything you could donate to charity?
- What are you going to need quick access to on the day of your move?
- Assign rooms to other household members
- Don’t get distracted