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23 Feb 2018

How to reduce the stress of moving house

While moving house can be an exciting time and the start of a new chapter in your life, it can also be a stressful time. From packing up your belongings to organising removalists, there are many things to be considered to make sure that your moving day goes smoothly.

Here’s our top 10 tips on reducing the stress of moving house.

1. Be organised (and give yourself time)

Planning everything that needs to be done ahead of moving day will save you unnecessary stress. Having a checklist in place will mean that you’re across what and when everything needs to happen. If something doesn’t go according to plan, you’ll have your checklist so you know what else is coming up and you can take steps to make sure that you stop any other unplanned mishaps on moving day.

2. Clear out clutter

What better time than moving to clear out all your unwanted or unused things. Whether it’s the clothes hanging in your closet that you haven’t worn in over a year, or those CDs that have been sitting at the back of your shelf gathering dust. Moving house is the perfect time for a spring clean. Once you’ve finished clearing out the clutter, take stock and evaluate the value of your possessions.

3. Pack your essentials so you still have access to them

An easy thing to forget is packing the items you’ll need access to straight away in a separate box, so you don’t need to dig through boxes as soon as you arrive at your new home. Think about things like the clothes you want to wear in the days after moving, toiletries and food etc, really anything you’ll need access to right after you move.

4. Label boxes clearly

Labels can be a lifesaver! Especially when it comes to loading up the moving van or truck and then unpacking. A good rule of thumb when labelling is to include the contents of the box, what room it belongs in and if the item is breakable. An example of a useful label is “Wine glasses, Kitchen, Breakable”. That way you’ll know not to stack things on them when packing and also where to deliver the box to when you arrive at your new home.

5. Do a walk through of your new home with your removalists

This will save you a lot of time, energy and stress. Doing a walk through of your new home with whoever is moving your belongings means that you can let them know exactly where you want your things taken to. When your boxes are taken to the correct rooms, all you need to do is unpack them, and there’ll be no unnecessary dragging boxes from room to room.

6. Take note of valuable items

Whether it’s a family heirloom or an expensive piece of jewellery, there are special items that we need to make sure are kept safe throughout the moving process. Make sure you’ve packed and labelled these safely so you can keep yourself aware of where they are at all times. If possible you can make sure you keep them with you and are responsible for making sure they stay safe and arrive at your new home with you.


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7. Have a support system in place and involve your friends

Moving day is a day where you can really benefit from having a support system. Whether it’s your best friend or a family member, having someone there with you while you’re moving can be a blessing, even if all they do is keep you with a constant supply of coffee! You’ll find the moral support can not only help you through the day but also make it fun.

8. Change your address

Realising you haven’t changed your address for mail is something that can come to you halfway through moving day and bring on a minor panic. Take some time before you move to make a list of all the accounts you have, especially those that send you mail by post. They can be things like electricity and phone bills, etag account and electoral roll.

9. Pets

We all love our furry friends and moving can be a stressful time for them too. Keep their routine the same as much as possible including feeding time. Keep your dog with you and play with them as much as possible to reduce chances of them becoming stressed.

10. Communicate openly how you’re feeling

Don’t bottle up your stresses. Whether it’s the emotion of leaving a home you’ve become attached to or a box has gone missing, communicating how you’re feeling can be the difference between your stress levels rising and coming to a speedy solution to whatever is stressing you. A perfect scenario for when your support system will come in very handy.

And what could be the most fun part of moving house is getting to watch your kids playing with the moving boxes. Or maybe even being a big kid yourself and getting in on the fun.

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