*This is a collaborative guest post
Moving house is one of the most stressful things we can do and is it any wonder when we have to remove the entire contents of one property and transport it to another – but that is the least of your worries. Before it even gets to moving day you have the risk of it falling through, difficult estate agents, endless phone calls, being gazumped at the last minute, the huge amount of money at stake – and that is just to name a few.
In fact it causes so much stress that studies show people find it more stressful than a divorce, a new job, being in debt or even the death of a loved one. But, despite the stress it causes, on average we do it eight times during our lives.
But, before you get stressed about the stress your next house could potentially cause – here are a few tips and tricks that should ease the pressures of moving.
Start packing early
You aren’t packing for a holiday - you literally need to pack up every item that you own – which is why the sooner you start the easier and less stressful the process will be. Start with the items you use the least and leave the items you need on a daily basis till last.
This may seem to make the packing process longer, but you will be so grateful for this when you are unpacking. Make sure you label the box with both the room it is for and its contents.
Pack a moving day ‘essentials’ box
The last thing you want to be doing when you arrive at your new home is to be desperately searching through boxes to try and find the kettle when you are gasping for a cup of tea - this is why you need a moving day ‘essentials’ box.
Make a checklist
There are so many things to do when you are moving house that it can be difficult to remember everything. Even the biggest tasks can get forgotten amongst the hundreds of things we need to do. So, write down everything in the order that it needs doing and then you can tick them off as you go.
Take advantage of storage units like this one. These are handy to store some of your belongings in, in the months and weeks leading up to the move, during the move and even after it – if you don’t have enough space in your new home or aren’t sure whether to keep certain things. Plus, if anything should go wrong on moving day – you have a back up to store whatever you need.
There are many things that are out of our control when we are moving – and there isn’t much we can do about the stress this could potentially cause. But, take on some of these tips and you should reduce some of the strain in the weeks running up to the big day!