Moving house can be one of the most stressful things you will ever experience. Most counsellors and psychologists put it up there in the top three right next to getting divorced. It is no wonder then that so many people are reluctant to start packing and take the big step – even if it is right next door. The move is even scarier if you are moving further away – whether for another job or due to a personal tragedy (we all need a clean break sometimes). Even if you are a seasoned mover (I have moved more than thirty times in my 27 years) it is still a stressful experience every single time. This article is meant to give you some advice on how to make the move as stress free as possible. Want some advice from a self made expert? Keep reading.
When I visit people’s homes it is easy to spot the people who have moved maybe once or twice in their life from the permanent nomads. We all collect clutter during the course of our lives and it adds up quickly – before you know it you have boxes and boxes of things you don’t want or need. In order to make the moving process easier you need to set aside a few weekends to get rid of clutter. Take it one room at a time and don’t ever try and do everything at once. It will just stress you out even more. You need three piles – the ‘out’, ‘maybe’ and ‘keep’ ones. A good rule of thumb for the maybe pile is if you have not used or worn the item in more than a year and a half then you don’t need it anymore.
There are obviously sentimental items but it helps to remember that memories are stored and become a part of who you are. Limit the number of keepsakes you have to things you refer to often. Except photos – which are dying out. I will talk about photos in the next section. For more spring cleaning tips Click Here.
Okay, going back to the photos. There are certain objects like books and photos which have become very digitized in recent years but there is nothing like actually paging through a photo album or the smell of a new or musty book that you pick up in the book store or library. Books are a pain to pack but it is worth it. They let people know who you are. Photos symbolize what brought you to where you are today. A personalized visual version of books. With photos either put them all into albums or get a scrapbook and organize them in that manner. Boxes of photos are not easy to pull out and can’t be left on the coffee table so it makes perfect sense to catalogue everything. While you are at it, head onto Facebook and Instagram and develop some of the newer photos for your albums. Another place where Moving House can actually be a blessing is in the Home Office. While you need original copies of important documents you should also digitize as much as you can in case something gets lost.Click Here for more information about what the best way to do this is.
When it comes to packing up your house, if you can afford it, it really is better to hire professional movers and packers to help you pack everything up. This is something my mother taught me (my dad is a contractor). Packing is exhausting – especially if you work full time or have to do it without the help of your partner while raising children. These people come in, pack everything up properly, mark your boxes and literally let you supervise while you can focus on more important issues. They can also give you advice about small things.
In all honesty, it is really, really unlikely that you are going to be able to sleep in your own, perfectly made up bed on the first night. In fact, the chances of this happening are so miniscule that you should not even be allowed to consider it. Pack an overnight bag with all of your basics so you can feel fresh the next day. In fact, pack for a few days. My experience is that life tends to take unexpected turns and you never know when you might need an extra set of clothes and clean toothbrush....
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