If you are in the middle of moving home, you’ll know all about the S-word. Apparently, it’s one of the most stressful events that you will go through in life (and we’re not going to contest that).
However, there are ways to make the process a little easier. For the purposes of today, we’ll focus on a handful:
- The importance of an “essentials” box
- How to avoid the feeling of living “in boxes” for those first few weeks
- “Fail to plan, plan to fail”
So, bearing the above in mind, let’s start with an essentials box. One of the most stressful parts about moving is that we lose track of everything. We are transformed from a reality where we know where everything in our home is and we can live an efficient life. This can involve anything from a toothpaste, right the way to a frying pan.
In truth, everyone’s essential boxes are going to be different, but our advice is that you need one. You need to ensure that all of your frequently used items (within reason, of course) are piled into a box so you can live your life as soon as you make the move. This avoids those dreadful situations where you have to search through umpteen boxes to find your toothbrush, or other essential item of choice.
There’s an excellent guide over here on how to piece together your essentials box and suffice to say; absolutely anything can be there. In something that goes against most packing philosophies – the items don’t have to be related.
Next, it’s onto that feeling of “living in boxes”. Like it or not, this will be the case, but you can weaken the effect. In other words, there are small tips you can implement to make your new home feel homely in record speeds.
One suggestion is to prioritize. Now that you have your essentials box, make decoration your top priority. Some of you might see this as painting the whole room in your color of choice, while others may just unpack frames and decorate the walls in a different way.
Another method that we advocate is flowers. Quite often, new homes feel very much unlived-in and a little stale in the first few days. Avas Flowers are a really good option for this; the Avas Flowers delivery times are fast and mean that you can have a fresh-feeling home in no time at all. There is some great inspiration on this Avas Flowers page to highlight our point in more detail.
Finally, let’s talk about planning. We’ve used a bit of a cliche, but it could not be truer. Packing cannot be left to the last minute and needs to be done weeks, or longer, in advance. Start with the rooms that you don’t use often (quite often the spare bedroom) and work backwards.
Once you have your room-order in place, make sure you turn to an efficient labelling system so that everybody knows the destination of each box in your new home.
Again, there is a superb guide over here on packing – and we would advocate that you take in every last piece of information.
We’ve covered just a handful of pieces of advice today, but it’s all with the notion of keeping things as simple as possible. Don’t overcomplicate the process of moving – it is already stressful enough as it is!