What I have learned about moving

Moving into a new house can be one of the most exciting experiences you have, whether you move into a rental property or your own home.

The first time I moved into a new place was when, as a university student I moved into varsity residence, it was exciting and easy. I was under the impression that moving would always be that easy.

What I didn’t realise was that I had only moved a few books, my laptop and clothes - moving into your first apartment takes a whole new level of patience, packing boxes and cleaning materials.

Now on my fourth apartment I have the moving exercise down to an art. This is what I have learned from moving:

Create checklists

The first thing to do when you are preparing for a move is to create a checklist for everything you might have to do for the move. From checking that you have enough boxes for your move, ensuring that you have signed all documents pertaining to your new home and handing over all the keys and access cards.

This not only helps you stay organised during the move but it also helps you to make sure that once you move out that you haven’t forgotten anything that might hinder your move into the new place.

If you are making use of a professional moving company do your research and find the best company, after all they will be handling your most prized possessions. If you are doing the move yourself, remember that you have to hire a trailer or bribe a friend with one in advance.

This is also a great time to check that your home insurance is up to date. If you are moving to a new city make sure to update your postal address and ensure that everyone that needs the new address has it.

Boxes, boxes and even more boxes

You might think that you have enough boxes, but you never do. Less is not more in this case, no matter how good you are at playing Jenga you won’t be able to fit all your kitchen utensils, cutlery and cooking ware into one box.

Don’t skimp on the quality of the boxes either, believe me there is nothing more annoying than having the bottom of a box give way when you’re halfway up the stairs. Ensure that you wrap your fragile items.

You might think that packing as much as you can into a box is a great idea, and at first it seems like it because you have less boxes to carry, but at the end of the day this is a terrible idea. Having a few more boxes that can easily be carried is far better than having only a few boxes that takes an industrial sized crane to lift.

Colour code your boxes - kitchen, bedroom, living room, study and so forth. That way you won’t have to play “guess what is inside the box” late at night when you are looking for your kettle. It also helps you keep your new home as organised as it possibly can be in the middle of a move.

Start early

Start packing early on, don’t leave it to the day before the move. If you start early you not only take some of the stress away but you can also clean out your belongings from the clutter.

Moving as often as I have you come to realise that no matter how minimalist you think you live, you still have the ability to accumulate a couple of unnecessary things. The simple rule of thumb is to ask yourself, if you have used it or worn it in the last year? If not, throw it out or even better yet, donate it to a local charity.

If you are moving in the summer, start packing your winter clothes first and vice versa. Anything you won’t be using in the weeks before the move, pack away. Leave only the necessary things for last.

The little things

  • Parents, kids do not like a whole day of moving, rather have someone reliable look after the children while you take care of the move.
  • Once you have moved out, give the old place a proper clean. The last thing someone wants to do before starting to unpack is clean.
  • Hang the curtains or blinds right away in the new place, if you haven’t had the opportunity to measure the windows before the move you will know whether you need to get new curtains or ask for the rails to be moved down or up.
  • Realise that you won’t be able to unpack every box on that first night, so start with your bedroom and bathroom (fast food always taste better after a move anyway)
  • Try to enjoy the move, it is after all a new place with new experiences and memories waiting to be made!

 By Annali Smith
 Online Editor

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