Moving house is super exciting. Knowing that you’re on the verge of stepping in to bigger and better things can be so exciting – but other than death and divorce, moving is also the most stressful and potentially traumatic things that adults have to experience. Leaving your comfort zone is terrifying at the best of times, but knowing you can never go back takes it to another level – nevermind the huge financial strain that moving house can put on your family. I’ve moved house a number of times. When I was a young’un who had no ties, I could be known to decide overnight that I was moving, pack up my things and start all over again. So I thought I would look back at the most important four things I always made sure I would remember when I was moving; hopefully these will help you too!
As soon as you get the green light to move home, you need to start thinking about the things you really need to take with you in this new stage of your life. I’m not saying you need to start thinking about sparking joy or anything like that – but if you’re starting a new chapter anyway, maybe this is the perfect time to get rid of any clutter that’s bogging you down! If nothing else, it’ll save you money if you have fewer possessions to take with you.
Traffic can get pretty stressful over the weekend, and especially during school holidays – but when you’ve got a brand new home that needs paying for and decorating, you really want to take as little time off work as possible. Should you move house on Friday, you’ll have time to get yourself a bed and possibly some sort of equipment for eating and bathing so that you’re as refreshed as possible before work at the beginning of the next week. You might even get the chance to throw on a lick of paint or two!
You know those friends who say “let me know if you ever need anything”? It’s time to put them to the test, because this is the ultimate ‘anything’ that you are likely to need. Extra arms are always useful for helping to carry, and if you’ve got kids then ask a friend to keep them occupied for a few hours so you have time to go through their toys and be ruthless. While it’s great to save costs while you’re moving, too, its always worth looking in to hiring a van for a day to make things run as seamlessly as possible.
Once you get in to your new house, there is an urge to get everything completed and looking like ‘home’ before your feet even hit the floor. Here’s the thing though: assuming you’re going to be there for a long time, rushing through the decoration is only going to give you a greater headache on moving day and increase the trauma of the entire experience tenfold. List the tasks you feel are most important and give yourself a year to complete them. It seems like such a long time, but what is one year if you’re going to live somewhere for 20? At least this way you can enjoy developing your home at your own pace, rather than rushing through and growing to resent it.
Have you moved house several times? What are your top tips for the big leap?