Some situations in life can be very stressful, and there’s no way to avoid them. Public speaking, changing jobs, marriage/divorce, exams… we all have to face these things at some point. It can be tempting to follow the lead of Homer Simpson and just say, “I’ll hide under a pile of coats and hope that somehow everything will work out.” Moving house can be an extremely stressful experience, as we are essentially packing our life into a box and then relocating that life; sometimes just down the street and sometimes to the other side of the world. Here are a few tips to make your move as stress free as possible.
Don’t Do Everything At The Last Minute
Start planning your move as early as possible. The wheels of bureaucracy can spin rather slowly, and you’ll need to change your details with a vast number of businesses and government agencies. If you’re renting, check with your landlord about how much notice they need before you can move out.
Do It Yourself Or Hire A Moving Company?
As part of the planning process, you should make a budget for your move, and your budget should include the funds to hire a reputable moving company. For the most part, it’s easiest to combine doing it yourself with hiring a moving company for those larger, heavier items. Moving companies can also provide you with boxes and packing materials so you can begin to pack non-essential items well before your moving day.
Don’t Really Need It? Get Rid Of It!
When moving, we open all our closets and drawers and find a lot of clothes and various items that we forgot we had, and we certainly don’t need. Preparing for a move can be like doing a stock take of our personal possessions. Put all of your unwanted possessions into a pile and simply get rid of them, either by donating to a charity, giving them to friends or even selling on eBay.
What About The Other Members of Your Family?
Your children might want to help, but small children have a tendency to get underfoot, and when heavy items are being picked up and moved, you most definitely don’t want your children getting in the way. Ask a friend or family member to babysit for the day (and if they’re extra nice, they might also look after your pets), and then you can simply collect the kids once everything has been safely packed away in the truck.
Who Needs To Know Your New Address?
In the age of email, it’s almost a rarity to receive a handwritten letter. Sadly, it’s mostly just bills in the mailbox these days. Make sure all companies and organizations you have dealings with are informed of your new address. Your bank and insurance company need to know (and it’s wise to check your insurance policy to see if you’re covered for any damage that takes place during transit). Your power and phone/internet provider definitely need to be informed so that you can pay everything owed on your old home, and so that these services are waiting for you at your new place.
Unpack Your Bed Linen First!
This might sound like a strange tip, but often when arriving at a new home, we want to unpack randomly, just to get everything out of the boxes. This, in addition to all the lifting can mean that we’re beyond exhausted when the moving day is over. Make sure your bed is in the desired place, then unpack your bed linen and pillows and make the bed- then you can just fall into bed and drift off to sleep as soon as exhaustion catches up with you (and it will!).
Moving to a new home can be exciting, but the excitement fades when you realize just how much work it is! Plan ahead and hire a reputable moving company, and you’ll soon be enjoying your new home with a minimum of stress.
About the Author: This is a guest post by Charlie O, a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time tech enthusiast.. His main interest covers online advertising, business development and design related topics. Charlie likes to travel a lot, he prefers to discover untouched and hidden places all around the world. He suggests you have a look at world market bedroom furniture, a great option for anyone preparing to set up their house.
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