They say that moving house can be one of the most stressful things to do. Which is why after moving 3 times in the last 3 years we are hoping to stay put for a while and after the the year my family & I have had with illness, I really wanted to keep the stress levels to an absolute minimum.
So how have I tried to do this?
I employed the use of an acronym.
Just Organise Yourself!
This acronym has been around for a while and there are entire blogs dedicated to it. I have tried to use it during this most recent house move because there is a part of me that believes deep down that the more organised I am the more joy I will have in my life and therefore, the more joy I can pass on to my family, friends and the folk who read this website.
I have not achieved constant calm or serenity during this process, no siree. There have been pockets of time when my attitude has stunk and this has affected those who I have around me. But we move in a week and I think it’s safe to say that the worst is behind us.
I certainly don’t have the moving process wrapped up (sorry, couldn’t help myself) but I have certainly found some ways of doing it that help me keep half my sanity if not all of it. It was also important to Robert and I to keep disruption to a minimum for our kids. They are very young so they won’t even remember this time but if Robert and I had spent the last four months screaming at each other they may remember more than we think they are capable of. Of course even with all the planning in the world Ned has still taken to climbing the towers of boxes that sit in each room and staring down at me, proudly, from the top and Nye is now very good at telling him off. Neither of these situations are ideal, granted, but they will all be forgotten once we close the door on our new home.
Here are a few tips for moving house
- If you have the luxury of having plenty of time before a move, take the opportunity to go through each room and sort through ALL of your things. A month or two before you move decide what you will be taking with you, what will be thrown out and what will be donated to your local charity shop. Anything you are not taking with you, remove from your house before you begin to pack, this will save extra trips to the tip on the day of moving, or worse still, taking unwanted items with you on the day.
- A few weeks before your move, start to pack up any items you know you will not need until after you move. If possible, stack all your packed boxes in a room that is not used that often so your boxes are out of the way. You don’t want to be tripping over boxes in every room with 4 weeks left until the move, after-all, you do still have to live there!
- This time around I have been really economical when it comes to labeling boxes. Opting for labeling them with the room they have come from and not every item they contain I have also only written across the tape that holds the boxes together. I learnt this the hard way last time; when you write all over the boxes it makes them hard to be used for much else and can get confusing if you use them to store other items in further down the line.
- I have a lot of magazines. A great many have been donated or recycled but I still have many more that make up a reference library of sorts and I don’t want to let them go. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine to pull out an old Martha Stewart Living from back in the 90′s and take a long hot bubble bath with only that for company. She and her team were WAY ahead of their time and we haven’t seem a magazine like it since. I digress….
- Pack an ‘essentials’ box, these are the things you will be using right up until you move and will probably want to unpack first. I packed two essentials boxes, one with all my kitchen items such as kettle, tea, mugs, milk, a few plates and cutlery and some food and snacks for the day. I also included a first aid kit too. The other box contained bathroom and bedroom items such as fresh linen for our beds, soap, towels and toilet paper. If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that Robert and I will sleep like babies in our new home if the first night has us sleeping on fresh linen, even if it’s on a mattress on the floor. Happy days!
- Try, if you possibly can, to see it all as an adventure. My kids aren’t stressed, they’re just getting on with it. Which is all Robert and I need to do really. In every single house move there is a drama of some sort so I fall back on what the rather fabulous Gloria Steinem says “Life is an adventure, you can’t control it but you can prepare for it”. Amen to that!
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