Moving can be an exciting adventure! However, moving is also hectic, crazy and chaotic. The first thing to go, during a move, is not the boxes, but sanity instead. But, if you do it right, your sanity doesn’t have to be at risk. There are some things you can do before, during and after your move to help you keep your head on straight.
How can I manage my move before, during and after the fact?
In preparing for a move, one of the first things you should do is purchase a good ring binder and some dividers. This alone will prove to be one of the most useful tools for your move, if you use it well. Inside, you will keep receipts (like the one from the removal company), contracts, lease agreements, and any other records related to your move. Also, keep lists of everything you put away whilst packing along with corresponding numbers. Also, at the top of the to-do list, about a month and a half before the move is to get rid of stuff. Go through every room in the home and pull out everything that does not have a purpose in your life anymore. Sell it, donate it, trash it, do whatever you can to get rid of it so that you don’t have to pack it, move it and unpack it. As soon as you have your new address, be sure to change it with the local council and the Royal Mail if necessary, your GP, and anyone else who will need to be able to reach you via mail. Gather up your moving supplies and start packing. Pack away your non-essential items first and leave your essentials such as cleaning supplies, plates and cups, and bathroom supplies for last. As you pack, make sure to take inventory of each box on a separate sheet of paper (put corresponding numbers on your boxes). That way, when you arrive at your new house you can look in your ring binder at each box number and know exactly what is in it. Of course, don’t forget to hire your removal company! You want to make sure you do so as early as possible to make sure that they are available on the date that you need them. Finally, make sure that you have someone to take care of your kids and/or pets on the day of the move so that they are not in the way and so that they are not overly stressed.
During the move you should make sure that the movers have clear directions to your new place. Once everything has been removed from your old home, do a final walk through to make sure that no boxes or furniture were missed. Pay special attention to easily forgotten areas such as the attic, basement and garage. Secure your old home, making sure all electricity is turned off and doors and windows are shut and locked. Then, head for your new home. Make sure that you get to your new home before the movers do so that they do not have to wait on you. Once you have arrived, the fun begins. You will need to direct the movers as to which rooms your boxes and furniture go to. With a good organisation system, this should be much easier.
Before the removal company personnel leave, make sure that all of your boxes and furniture have arrived at your new home and that nothing was damaged during the move. Next, you will want to test the smoke detectors and electrical outlets to make sure that they are all in working order. Check the appliances, also. Now it is time to open your ring binder and determine which boxes must be emptied first. Find those boxes and put them within reach. Then you can start unpacking in an orderly fashion and you will have the essentials you need to survive the first week or so unpacked. The other boxes, the non-essential ones, are boxes that you can take your time undoing. Once the essentials are unpacked, you can move on to setting up the beds. With beds made and essentials in order, you can take a quick break to get something to eat or just put your feet up and enjoy your new home for a bit. After a nice rest, you can move on to bigger and better things like getting to know your neighbours, exploring your new community and putting your new home in order.
So, if you begin your move with organisation, then the process should go smoothly and your sanity should not be compromised before, during or even after the move.