I move house in a few weeks and I have never been so stressed. SO, I decided to write you guys a nice list of the things to do when moving house (particularly as a student.)
HAVE a moving list. If you live in a shared-house like me, it can often get confusing what stuff is who’s. SO make a list of each room in the house, and all the things in that that are yours to take. i.e BATHROOM > Fluffy bath mat, toothbrush, toothpaste… You would be surprised the things you forget about.
MAKE SURE you have a back up plan. Moving dates can change, so don’t leave yourself in the lurch. Make sure you have somewhere you could stay for a few nights.
DON’T take everything. Over the years, we accumulate junk – and it is junk! You seriously don’t need that head-scratch-thingy you bought from the market. Downsize you’re belongings: it was make for a much lighter move.
BUY strong boxes. The worst thing is a weak box. You don’t want to be carrying the crockery box out of the car and the bottom breaks. No one wants that.
PACK smart. Quite simply – light things in the big boxes, heavy things in the smaller boxes. Otherwise, you’re going to hurt yourself.
KEEP your phone charged. In the worst situations, you will move into a house with (temporarily) no electricity. So make sure your phone is fully charged and ready for that emergency phone call to the pizza place. And remember to get your WiFi sorted ASAP!
PACK the essentials last. We’ve all done it – you’re in your new house on the first night, you’re tired and you want to go to bed. But you can’t find your pj’s or your toothbrush anywhere. The best thing to do in order to avoid this is to make a small suitcase with all the things you will definitely need over the next few days: clothes, food, bathroom stuff, etc, and then you won’t be rummaging through boxes all the time.
DON’T plan to be anywhere. Moving day is stressful, even if it’s straightforward, so the worst thing to do is to have plans for the same day. (In my case, moving day is also the day that Searching For Katherine comes out on Amazon, so I’ve really screwed myself over there!)
KEEP it clean. This is relevant to anyone – no one wants to move into their brand new house and find it a mess! They want to feel like it’s theirs to live in, and not find evidence of the previous owners.
RELAX. Moving can be fun if you let it, so just enjoy the excitement and unpack in the morning!