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Top Tips For Moving House!

I’m moving house in a few weeks – and it’ll be the eighth time in three years. Yikes. That’s kind of unsettling to admit. Needless to say, I haven’t found myself settled anywhere in a fair while – ever since I left my family home, to be completely honest. Due to my issues with anxiety, I find it difficult to live with other people. Without meaning to sound high-maintenance, I need my environment to be a certain way and that has often clashed with the way my friends like to live. I don’t think that’s my fault, or theirs; it’s just the way we are.

I digress; what I mean to say is that I’ve become quite accustomed to moving and have developed a few strategies to make the whole ordeal a little easier. So, here are five of my top tips for moving house:

1. Start Big

This one might sound strange, but it works, I swear. Besides the essentials like your bed, sofa and TV, most of your bulkier items can be moved (or at least packed away) first. For example, the first things I always pack up are my bookshelves. I’ll take out a handful of books I might want to read throughout moving, and the rest go away in boxes. I’ll take the few most used items from my desk, and pack away the rest. Working from the couch for a week or two isn’t an issue for me. The same goes for my DVD rack, coffee table (I have smaller end tables that will do short-term), my record player, and the list goes on until I’m living the truly minimalist lifestyle. When it comes to the last couple of days, I’ll even take my bed frame down and sleep on a mattress on the floor.

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2. Pack a holiday bag

This point is quiet similar to the last, working around the whole minimalist-lifestyle idea. Imagine you’re going on holiday for a week (or however long it is until you move), and pack a suitcase full of everything you would take with you, from the obvious things like clothes, right down to the little things like your toothbrush. Once you’ve set all these things aside, all of your other bits and pieces can be packed away, and you’ll be (relatively) safe in the knowledge that you won’t need any of it for the next week or two. Living out of a suitcase isn’t ideal, I’ll admit, but it’s much easier than having to pack away everything last minute.

3. Plan Ahead

This time around, I’m moving back into my parents house for a while as the purchase of my first flat has taken much longer than expected, meaning I have several weeks to get everything moved. On the other hand, if you only have a few days to get everything moved then it’s best to think far ahead. If you have lots of furniture to move, enlist a couple of strong, savvy friends and make sure they put an afternoon or two aside for you. If you need to hire a van or removals company, make sure they’re booked well in advance. Know what you’re going to be doing on which days and make sure you have enough time booked off work to save you any last-minute stress!

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4. Box Everything

Working in a pub, it’s easy for me to get hold of an excess of cardboard boxes to pack away all of my things, but if you don’t have a source like this it’s a good idea to plan ahead with these, too. Otherwise, you may end up having to buy them online last minute which is an unnecessary expense. Don’t forget to buy some duct tape to put them back together sturdily – especially for heavier items, sellotape just won’t do! Make sure to label everything (this is a lifesaver when you get to your new place and have to find something), and if you have time even make a list of the specific items in each box. Things like clothes and bedding can go in bags, but most things work best in boxes. If things are spread out, or being carried individually, everything will be unorganised as soon as it gets to your new place! It is tempting to fill just a few large boxes, but more, smaller boxes are definitely better. For one thing, they’re easier to fit into the car or van, and for another they’re easier to carry. If you’re feeling particularly strong you can always carry two at once, but if you’re not feeling it, you can’t split a box in half!

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5. Declutter!

I can’t stress this point enough. Living amongst clutter is never nice, but it’s particularly bad when you’re living with anxiety so decluttering is one of my favourite things to do. I always feel less stressed when my environment is clean, tidy and clutter-less. When you’re moving, you have to go through all of your belongings anyway, therefore this is one of the best times to do it; as you’re packing boxes, you can get rid of things you no longer use. As I’m packing my clothes, I ask myself realistically if I actually wear each item regularly, and if not they go straight into the charity bag! You can do the same with everything you own, so you know that in your new home, you won’t be wasting space with things you don’t need. I like to think of moving to a new place as a fresh start, and this is a lovely way to do it!

I hope you find this post useful, and if you have any other last minute tips please do lave a comment, or tweet me @kirstyisabella0 – I’ll certainly appreciate them in the coming weeks.

Wish me luck!

K x

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