We are not going to fool ourselves: a move is always complicated and it is also boring. You will probably get in a bad mood several times and argue with whoever is helping you. The more you trust who helps you, the more you will argue. This is a universal rule.
Here are some tips to reduce the stress of moving house. We can’t guarantee that you won’t get bored but it will at least be easier.
Cleaning before a move
Do not try to do everything in a short time, especially if your house is big or if you have been living in it for a long time, or both. It is surprising how many objects we are able to accumulate.
At least a month before making the move, start getting rid of everything you are not going to take with you. Take the opportunity to clean. Be realistic: all those clothes (and shoes) you save are not going to be in style again and, if you look closely, you have more clothes set aside to be at home than you wear every day. Give away, resell or leave in a solidarity container what is in good use.
Preparations for a move
Before you start packing your things , gather up cardboard boxes, garbage bags, adhesive tape, scissors, bubble wrap for delicate things (or newspaper, which is cheaper) and a couple of thick-tipped markers to mark the things. Boxes.
If you are going to make the move without the help of professionals, you will also need tools to disassemble the furniture that you are going to take.
If you take kitchen appliances with you, remember that you will need to defrost the fridge. Find an alternative place for your food if you don’t want to lose everything you have in the fridge.
Packing for a move
Start by putting in the boxes everything you don’t need for daily life: special crockery, sets of sheets, clothes from another season, figurines and decoration, for example. Mark the boxes well specifying what is inside and in which room of the new house they go. It will help you when unpacking.
Do not fill the larger boxes with heavy things or it will be impossible to move them later. Take advantage of them for things like quilts, clothes or toys.
Leave aside the essentials to live daily. Put it in some well-marked boxes that will be the last ones you put on the truck. This way you can quickly identify it when you get to your new house and you won’t have to search through all the packages.
The time of the move
What you really need in your new apartment is that the bathroom is in use, just like the kitchen, the bed and your most basic things to live. The rest can come later if you can’t do it all at once.
If you hire a moving company they will probably move everything in a day or two. In this case, make sure everything is in order before paying the last bill.
If you are moving with your friends, you will need to rent (or borrow) a truck or van. This option is cheaper but it will surely take more time. The better the boxes are marked (which room they go to) the easier and faster everything will be. Remember that it will have to be you, or a handyman friend, who will do the disassembly and subsequent assembly of the furniture.