Moving house is a pain and I could argue it is one of the most annoying and inconvenient things we all have to do at stages in our life. In the past 14 months I have (technically) moved 3 times and safe to say I don’t plan on doing it again for a very long time.
Prior to the first move, I hadn’t packed up my life in 8 years so I had forgotten just how stressful it can be and how being organised is key to save you from having a heart attack. A friend of mine recently told me how “organised” I was when I recently moved for the very last time through this process. I could argue that while I made it sound easy when I was explaining how “smoothly” it went on the phone to her at 6pm, it still requires a detailed plan.
MAKE A LIST
I always find writing everything done and ticking it off as you go works best for me. If I don’t, and I say in my head I know what I need to do, I forget and leave everything until the last-minute. Visually seeing what I need to do makes everything so much easier. Write down everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Even down to remembering to buy dishwashing liquid or buying picture hooks.
THROW IT AWAY
Less is more as they say, and the less you move the easier it is. Moving is the best time to de-clutter your life and ask the question “Do I REALLY need this?”. I also found this was the best time to throw out a lot of old towels and tea towels, as for me these are things I never think to update as much as I should.
DON’T LEAVE IT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE
When I was talking to the guys that helped with my last move, they told me some absolute shocker stories any OCD person like myself would have nightmares about. Some people actually start packing the day they are moving and some people are still in bed when the mover’s turn up at 9am. NO!
Don’t be that person, don’t leave packing your socks draw until the last-minute, prepare in advance and save yourself the stress. You want it to go as quickly and as smoothly as possible, and if you are paying for someone to move it for you, the more organised you are the cheaper it will cost you.
BUY YOUR GROCERIES ONLINE IN ADVANCE
After you have just moved your entire life, the last thing you want to do is head down to the supermarket. I find when you have just moved somewhere, it’s easy to get side tracked for a few days and fall into the take away trap for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The cost of doing that adds up and can become hard to get out of. I think of my the most genius ideas I had this time around was pre doing my grocery shopping online and had it delivered the same day I moved in.
The first shop you do in a new house is always the biggest, buying everything from toilet cleaner to 25 different herbs to fill your spice rack, so having them dropped at your front door is a life saver.