Moving house is a stressful business. Not only are you having to set up your new home and make sure it – and you – can function properly, but you also have to move all of your stuff from one place into another. And if you have a lot of stuff, the task can seem overwhelmingly daunting. So, we’ve collated together a few tips and tricks to help you when moving your belongings into a new home.
Have a clear-out
You’ve almost certainly collected some items you don’t need in your old house, so one of the best things to do before you move has a good clear out of stuff you don’t want or don’t need anymore. There are plenty of websites or marketplaces on social media where you can sell old clothes, books, furniture and other household accessories, or charities that will happily take your donations to give to someone in need. You’ll find the task much less daunting if the amount of stuff you have to move doesn’t include things you don’t want.
Create an essentials list
Your first day and night in your new home will be a busy one, so it’s important to create a list of essentials that you’ll need while you’re settling in. Think a basic grocery list, certain items you use daily like a kettle, microwave, pots, and pans. You can put all of these items together in one space so when you move, you know which boxes to prioritize bringing to your new house first.
Get some boxes
Getting sturdy, high-quality boxes that you can reuse again and again is a great investment to make before you move house. Safestore has a wide selection of packing boxes that you can use to move your things and, if you need to, keep them protected in storage while you get your new house set up. Make sure to get these well in advance – and after you’ve worked out how many you might need to pack everything you own. You don’t want to be caught out on moving day!
Do everything in stages
Moving everything at once can be incredibly difficult, especially if you’re moving it yourself. Try to move your belongings into your house in stages, starting with heavier things like pieces of furniture and leaving the lighter and more easily transportable stuff till last. If necessary, look into some temporary storage spots to keep your lighter items until you need them.
Help from friends & family
If you can, hiring movers could help reduce the stress of carrying heavy furniture and other items into your house and into precarious places, like upstairs or in a lift. If you don’t need movers, enlisting the help of your friends and family to help move belongings will also make for light work when it comes to moving to a new house.