Okay, you have done the hard part – you house is sold and you have bought your new pad. Everyone is excited but you feel completely overwhelmed with things to do. Moving home can be really stressful.
The head of Anxiety UK had this to say about moving house
“It’s one of life’s most stressful experiences, and it’s because it involves having to cope with change,“Moving house represents a transition in life, it’s about change and unfamiliarity and for many people that causes stress and anxiety. Most of us like familiarity, routine and order.
I know I m not good with change and it most definitely stresses me out not have order in my life…so the very best way to deal with this is, I think, to create order around the chaos.
Planning what to organise when you move house into a rather giant to-do list is I think one of the most effective ways to cope. Once that giant to-do list has been written it is then time to delegate out the jobs.
This list is not exhaustive but it should get you thinking in the right kind of direction.
Organise your delivery
Personally, I would organise delivery before packing and make sure it is booked in well in advance. Think about what you might need, If you need a Large item courier to perhaps shift a piano, a playhouse, your sofa or massive treehouse then do get it booked in! Can you imagine drawing near moving day and finding no one available to move you?
You might want to book in a man with a van to take all your bits and bobs and boxes and smaller items and again you want to book this well ahead of time. Think about the size of vehicle you might need and how many people are required for the lifting.
Organise your packing
Get boxes well ahead of time and tape and labels..get lots of them and bubble wrap too and then start packing as soon as you can. Everyone can do this.
Before you start packing have a mass declutter, trip to the tip/charity – you absolutely do not want to be taking anything you don’t absolutely want or need with you to your new home.
Organise your utilities
Final readings and new utility connections all need to be stored well ahead of time. You want to make sure that all your utility companies are informed of your move and that you are all booked in for anything that needs connecting at the new place. Who wants to wait week s for internet connection? These are things to be booked in and arranged in advance.
Sort your insurance
Be covered for your move and your new home straight away. This really does matter. If anything was to go wrong/be broken and you were not covered it could really cost you.
Sort out schools as early as you possibly can as this can cause so many problems if not sorted ahead of time. Have a good look around too nearest may not be best. Scout out your new local area when visiting schools and at the very least find our local shop, recycling centre and supermarket.
Book your leave
Do book yourself some leave after and just before you move there will be so many things you need to do and you will undoubtedly be exhausted. Get this booked in before others snatch up the leave days.
Have an essentials box
Have an essentials box when you move with your kettle in tea bags and a couple of mugs. You will be ever so glad you did rather than trying to search through a million boxes just to christen your new home with a cuppa!
As I said this list is not complete, there will be many, many things you need to do to ensure that your move goes well but if you attend to the above you will be well on your way. Remember write it up as a giant to-do list then DELEGATE!
Bets of luck with your move.