I previously guest posted this over at Hannah’s blog last October, but now that moving is on the horizon for us again, I thought I would share some of my favourite tips here!
Moving house is something I feel like I have done A LOT in my late teens and early twenties.
· I moved 3 times in and out of University accommodation (Had to move EVERYTHING out every summer, and back every autumn)
· I moved in with a friend after Uni for a month whilst we planned our move to London.
· I moved home to my parents for a further month.
· I moved house 3 times whilst living in London (within 18 months)
· Finally, Him Indoors and I moved into our rented Nest 2 years ago.
That makes a monumental 9 moves in last 7 years. And we are planning to move again within a few months! Apparently I’m glutton for punishment.
So do I have any advice to give to those moving house?
I certainly do!
Get Take-Out Menus
If you are anything like me, the last two weeks before moving day will be spent eating the most random meals you can think of, as you try to empty your cupboards and freezer of food you don’t want to move.
You aren’t going to want to cook on your first (or even second night), so visit the local area if you can, scope out a few good eating places, whip a few menus and save yourself the bother.
The Important First Box
It is VITAL that you have a box that is packed last, and unpacked first. This box has become my holy grail of packing, and I refuse to let it out of my sight when we load the van. It actually travelled with me on my lap during our last move.
The contents of the box should include:
Tea Making Facilities (Kettle, Mugs, Tea, Sugar, Milk buy some en route if going long distances)
A pack of Biscuits
Washing Up Liquid
A set of Cutlery each
Bedding – One complete set including sheets
Pyjamas or Super Comfy Clothes
Radio/Ipod & Ipod Dock/CD’s & CD Player
Take Out Menus
First Aid Kit
**Also raphaele42 commented below reminding me to pop toilet roll in here! How was I so silly to forget loo roll?!)
The point of this box is to have everything to hand that you might want straight away. The first thing I want after unloading the van is a cup of tea and a biscuit. I’m happy to eat take-away food straight from the carton as long as I have cutlery, scissors are handy for undoing taped up boxes (as are keys). Soap and towel for bathroom breaks, and as for bedding…..
Make your bed FIRST
As soon as you finish unloading the van , put the kettle on and go make your bed. It may seem crazy, but trust me, when you are knackered and sore from humping boxes from room to room, the LAST thing you’ll want to do is make your bed. This is the best bit of advice Mama Pigeon ever gave me, and she’s on the money.
Get free help
Moving is blooming expensive. Rope in some free help by asking friends and family. It’s always helpful to have a couple of extra hands to lug boxes through the front door or to have someone look after the pets/children whilst you get in. Reward them with tea and biscuits and the promise of a home cooked meal once you are settled.
I find lists very calming. For me it means that my brain doesn’t have to think about the ‘thought niggle’ because I’ve put it somewhere else until I have a chance to deal with it.
As you pack, load, travel, unload and unpack, your brain will remember a gazillion things that you ‘have’ to do. Write it down, and when your free help asks ‘Anything I can do?’ refer to it – delegate & give yourself a break.
Moving house is seriously stressful. It is so easy to get tired and niggley. The last thing you want to do is fall out with the one you are moving in with. Remember how amazing it is going to be when you are all finished. Take time to stop, make another cup of tea, eat a biscuit and laugh at the sorry situation of the mess of boxes, bubble wrap and black plastic bags surrounding you. It’s the only way you’ll get through it sane.
Have you got any tips that you would like to share with future house movers? Whack ‘em in the comments section!