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Ways to achieve a stress-free move

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Ways to achieve a stress-free move

With leases coming up for renewal and spring making homes look extra beautiful, now is the time for homeowners to either sell or look for somewhere different to rent.


In today’s market where there is a lack of property, the whole process can sometimes happen much faster than we’re ready for, leaving us with a last minute move to make and a huge amount of stress to deal with. But it doesn’t have to be this way - get prepared early and you’ll breeze through the move and come out the other side feeling refreshed and ready for new beginnings.


Make a lovely list

If you write down a list of what you need to do and in what time frame, it will seem much less daunting as you cross each task off the list. You’ll see what might have seemed a daunting list shrink down to not much hassle at all!


Things to consider:


·      At least three quotes from different removal companies (if you’re using one.)

·      The big declutter of your home.

·      A thorough clean of your home, using a professional such as Molly Maid or schedule the time in to do it yourself.

·      Collection of boxes for moving + tape + bubble wrap + airtight bags.  


The clear out

It’s a difficult job cutting down on your possessions but it’s got to be done. Use the method ‘take’ or ‘leave’ on items that you’ve either used lots or not used for the past year. Just think about the joy someone else could get from your stuff and bag it all up for a trip to the charity shop.


If you can’t be honest with yourself, get a couple of friends over and ask them what you should keep and chuck out, they’ll know what hasn’t left the wardrobe for the last few years.


Boxing up

Once you’ve sourced some sturdy boxes from somewhere, it’s easiest if you pack room by room. Remember to put the heaviest items in the bottom of the box and the lighter items on top. If you have some really heavy stuff, pack it in smaller boxes that are easier to carry.


When it comes to packing material goods such as your linen, clothing and soft furnishings, place them in airtight bags first so they avoid the damp or any accidental spillages.


Invest in strong tape and labels to finish your boxes off with; it will make things easier in the unpacking process. Also, keep a couple of boxes labelled separately that are immediate necessities for your new home. That way you won’t have to rifle through everything looking for those important bits and bobs.


Keep yourself energised

Moves are hard work; make sure you’re getting enough sleep and plenty of healthy food to fuel the move. You’ll notice your mood and energy levels drop as soon as you stop looking after yourself so make it your top priority.


As long as you’re prepared for the big move, you’ll be fine. But do expect to have a slight feeling of chaos about you. We’re creatures who like to create a home so sometimes moving out of our nest can be an emotional experience.


If you’re going to miss it, why not throw a leaving party before the cleaners come? That way you can say goodbye properly while having some therapeutic partying with friends.


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