I’ve talked openly on my blog about my desire to move out of my flat and into a bigger home. With a growing family we are going to need more space and I would love to give my children a garden to play in outside. Not to mention I’d love to be able to provide a lovely nursery for this baby when they come along however, that will have to wait. They will not, however, be able to share my room forever so moving home is something we really need to consider and I’ve put a lot of thought into it alongside the countless amount of times I’ve actually moved around myself. I thought I would put together some top tips on moving home to make it stress free, simple and as easy as possible.
- Do not put off the packing. Honestly, as soon as you know you’re going to be moving, even if it takes a couple of months, start packing. Packing for a holiday is overwhelming enough so packing bits and pieces up that you can live without for the next couple of months is ideal.
- Arm yourself with boxes, tape, bubble wrap and other packing supplies. Finding a local and reputable place, such as Shurgard Self-Storage to purchase packing supplies are an ideal place to start when considering what you will need to get everything packed up and ready to move.
- Take one job at a time. I think the kitchen is a great place to start, you can make do with a few less gadgets for a few weeks and getting them boxed up and ready to go will help make it so much less stressful.
- Get vacuum packs to store your clothes and pack up your seasonal wardrobe early. If you’re moving in warmer weather you aren’t going to need a wardrobe full of Christmas jumpers.
- Declutter as you go. Get rid of as much as you can that doesn’t work or that you just don’t use.
- Moving can be really expensive – consider selling some things online to give yourself some extra cash or help buy new things you might not be able to take with you. Especially if your current property includes white goods but the property you’re moving into does not. I find this is sometimes the case when moving from private rentals to your own home.
- Are you up or downsizing? Think about the space you will have in your new property and make sure you have accurate measurements of larger items of furniture such as sofas and beds. You need to make sure what you have will fit into the new home.
- If your new property includes furnishings or white goods and you already have them in your current home, if selling is too much of a struggle you could consider donating to a local women’s refuge, homeless shelter or youth centre. Take a look at charities in the area that need items like this because it feels really good to do something for the community and you will be thanked for it.
- When packing, thing of clever ways you can store and easily move things such as storing clothes in suitcases for the time being.
- Book some time off work to tackle big jobs like the attic, garage or shed. Make a weekend of just getting it sorted and consider hiring a skip because these types of jobs often include throwing out a lot of stuff.
- Have a moving weekend party and try and get as many friends and family to help you with the big move. Offer free refreshments at the end of the day and I’m sure you’ll have plenty of people wanting to help out!
Have you moved home recently? Do you have any top tips?
This is a collaborative post.