There’s a lot to look forward to when moving house, you get to have a fresh start in a new area with new possibilities. It can be exciting, especially if you’re moving for the first time – you get to go out into the world with a brand new outlook. However, the removal process brings with it its fair sure of hardships. You may well be starting a fresh page on your life, but at the risk of sounding redundant it also means you’re leaving the old pages behind. It can be daunting, especially if you’re going through a tough time in your life. Yes, moving in general has an air of stressfulness about it, but there are certain steps you can take to push it to one side.
The first thing you should do before anything else is to have a good clear out. The further you can do this in advance the better. Take steps to gather everything that’s either broken or has no value to anyone, like appliances that will cost far too much to fix and are years out of date, and toys that are broken and are a safety hazard. Recycle everything that can be recycled, and toss out the rest. Then comes the harder part; find everything that you haven’t used and haven’t been planning to use for years. Things like old clothes, books, DVDs and toys, and find a better home for them. You can either donate them, either to charity or to someone you know who has a better use for them, or sell them to raise a bit of cash to cover the moving costs, or the celebration that comes after.
When clearing out, be as ruthless as possible, don’t get rid of mementos or valuables that you want to hang onto by any means, but try to rid yourself of as much as possible. If you have less to pack, then there’s less work and that means less stress. And hey, if you’ve given some items to charity, there’s a feel-good factor in there too – not to mention the extra cash you could stand to raise if you find things to sell. The phrase ‘Cash in the Attic’ isn’t reserved for daytime television shows.
Once you’ve had your clear out, you can get on with planning your move. Start by making sure you’ve got enough boxes and packing materials, then make a note of which box is going to hold your most important items. The smartest way to organise your packing is to set apart boxes to pack specific rooms away, and have a few spare for more fragile items. That way you can associate items with the rooms they came from. You’ll also have to plan your journey; go on to the internet and pull up the quickest routes to your new home and print off step by step directions. If you have satellite navigation, this part becomes so much easier.
And lastly, keep your local moving companies in mind, too. There’s no better way to keep the stressful nature of moving in check than by hiring a team of professionals that’ll help and guide you through every step. They’ll handle the lifting, loading and transport of your goods with peerless customer service. Well, as long as you’ve hired one with a good reputation – be sure to do your research beforehand.
By hiring a moving company, you’ll feel less overworked, and more time will be freed up to spend time with the family, or doing something else you want to do. You can relax and contemplate how your move is going to benefit you all. Trust me, you’ll find something.