I’m not going to lie to you: moving is always stressful. But you can minimise the stress with organisation and planning. Here are 10 tried and true tips for making the process easier.Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
Like many people, my major experience of moving house happened in my early 20s. However, over the weekend I helped my best friends shift house in Melbourne. The disadvantage of moving later in life is that you have far more possessions to move, and (in many cases) the added complication of children. The advantage is that you’ve done it all before, so you’ve got a better idea of what’s involved.
1. Start chucking out unwanted stuff early
If you don’t start packing until the day before you move, you’ll end up panicking and just throwing everything into boxes without consideration. As soon as you know a move is on the cards, start the spring cleaning process. It’s much easier to throw stuff away than shift it, but if you’re trying to get rid of a lot of stuff, you’ll want time — whether that’s to sell it, freecycle it, give it away, or (in the worst case scenario) dump it.
2. Get measurements for the new place
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3. Weigh up using a removalist
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4. Tell your neighbours your moving date
As well as providing them with advance warning that there’ll be large trucks about, there can be other benefits: they might volunteer to help, or offer to let you make coffee at their place while the moving is happening.
5. Box everything you can up
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6. Don’t use boxes or bags that are too large
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7. Label boxes with their destination, not just their contents
With luck, you’ll have friends and family helping out with the move. That will work much more smoothly if each box is tagged with its destination in the new home. This is especially important if the new place is larger than the old one.
8. Keep cables and devices together
You don’t want to have your DVD player in one box and the cables to connect it up somewhere else entirely. Electronic gear often goes in the “I’ll move it myself in the back of the car” category; in that case, bag up the cables together after labelling them with masking tape or bread tags, so you can easily reconnect them at your destination.
9. Have a disposal plan for your boxes
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10. Something will always go wrong
Obviously, this is a far from exhaustive list. What strategies do you use to ensure successful moving? Share them in the comments.