No matter what, moving is always going to be stressful. However, a lot of people make the mistake of presuming the moving itself is the stressful part. However, that’s not the case, or at least, not normally.
The most stressful part of moving house tends to be unpacking and getting organized in your new home. You see, when it comes to packing up your old home, you’ve got weeks to prepare, giving you plenty of time to get everything sorted. However, when you arrive at your new home, you’ve got to tackle everything at once, hence the stress.
With that in mind, below are some tips and ideas for helping to make it a little easier to get your new home organized. This means being practical about your unpacking, taking the time to deal with any admin, and making your new property feel like home.
To make it easier to get organized when you arrive in your new home, there are some things that you can do beforehand. These might seem like simple things but they can have a big impact on how stressful getting organized is at the other end.
Contact your utilities and service providers a week before you move to let them know that you’re moving. You can opt to pay off any outstanding bills and close your accounts. Or if they cover the area that you’re moving to, you can simply change the address on your account. For things like the water, gas and electric, it’s important to give readings of your meters to your providers. This is to ensure that you don’t end up paying for what the new owners use.
If you’re going to need to find new providers for when you move into your new home, don’t make the mistake of leaving it until you move in. Otherwise, you could be left without vital services for anything from a day to a couple of weeks. Take your internet and phone services, for instance. A lot of providers have a two-week wait on installation, which can be a real problem if you need access to a phone or the internet before then. However, there are some companies that offer installation on the day that you move in, meaning that it’s one less thing for you to stress about. For example, using an online booking form you could opt to have services from Sudden Link installed in your home on the day that you move in. There are lots of companies that offer this service, it’s just a case of finding one in your area.
To save time when unpacking, make sure to have a good old clear out before you move. That way you can ensure that anything that you don’t want isn’t packed up to go to your new home.
To make it less stressful to get your boxes sorted once you’ve had them delivered, consider color coding them. Assign a different color to each room in your new home and use them to code your boxes. This will make it much easier to work out which boxes need to go where once they arrive in your new home. For example, all boxes that contain kitchen equipment could have a red dot stuck onto them. While all boxes for the bathroom could have a white dot stuck on them. This might be a simple tip, but it’s one that can be lifesaving when it comes to unpacking.
On moving day
Obviously, moving day itself will be stressful. However, that doesn’t mean that unpacking and getting your new home organized has to be. What’s important is that you approach the task is the right manner.
Before you even think about unpacking, take the time to clean your new home. Although most sellers clean a property before they move out, it’s still a good idea to give your new home a once over. That way you’ve got peace of mind that it’s as clean as it could possibly be. If you’ve got young kids that put things into their mouths or spend a lot of time on the floor, this is even more important. Some people wait to clean their new home until after they’ve unpacked. However, this just makes the process more difficult, as then you’ve got furniture to get around.
Obviously, you won’t have time to unpack everything, so it’s important to work out what should be prioritised. Things like beds and bedding are musts, as are towels and bathroom essentials. It can also be useful to unpack the kitchen if you have time, as that will make mealtimes a little easier. It’s a good idea to decide beforehand what you will unpack so that everyone is on the same page.
After the move
Once you’ve moved into your new home and unpacked the boxes, the next step is getting organized. Just because you’ve unpacked everything, that doesn’t mean that your home is as organized as you would like it to be.
If you’ve unpacked everything but aren’t happy with the look and feel of your home, it’s a good idea to consider reorganizing the space. Look at how to make the best use of the storage solutions that you have, and consider what new ones you could implement. If you’re unsure of what your options are, take the time to have a browse online.
Remember, getting your new home in tip-top shape isn’t just down to you. Get the whole family to pitch in, to make the process of getting organized a little easier. Kids can be put in charge of sorting out their rooms, including their clothes, toys, and other bits and bobs. While you and your partner (if you have one) can split the sorting out of the rest of the house.
Moving house is always going to be stressful. However, if you take note of the tips and advice above, you can help to make the process of getting organized a little easier for yourself. The most important thing is to plan in advance, so that come moving day, you know exactly what needs to be done.