From the avalanche of cardboard boxes to the endless trips between your new and old house (not to mention the tedious vacating clean-up), it doesn’t take long for the excitement of a new address to be overshadowed by the nigglyness involved with moving homes.
If you're in the process of moving and are looking for some simple tips to help reduce the chaos, this one's for you;
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 19% of people who haven’t moved in the past 5 years claim it’s because moving is “too much effort”.
have a ruthless cull
Our first tip for making your move easier? Purge!
Go through your belongings room by room and discard or donate the things you no longer need. If you haven’t used it for 6 months, why waste the time, energy, and space moving it into your new home?
Professional organiser Nicole Anzia of Neatnik warns against trying to knock over your organising in one day. She says, “It's much better to spend a few hours on one project or space. This way you'll feel motivated to do more, not be burned out by the process.”
start the packing early
Leaving your packing to the last minute is a sure way to cause unnecessary chaos come moving day.
Start packing seasonal items and non-essentials (like the Christmas decorations), several days or even weeks prior to the big move.
labels, labels, labels
Let’s face it: Unpacking can be just as painful as packing. A great way to make things go a little smoother is to clearly label your boxes. Use as much detail and don’t forget the ‘fragile’ tape!
bribe your mates
What are friends for if they're not there to help you safely load your sofa onto the back of a ute? More hands make less work, so bribe your mates with some pizza and make a day of it.
don't get left in the dark
Nothing says ‘home sweet home’ like having electricity and hot water. Be sure to organise for your eletricity and/or gas to be connected prior to your move, so you're not forced to rely the torch light of your phone!