Moving can end up being one of the most stressful life events you will ever go through. The majority of people don’t have to go through this very often, but it can still be a daunting ordeal having all of your precious belongings being stuffed into boxes and carted around, not to mention, the hours of unpacking them and setting up the new place. Here are some basic tips to help you through all the stages in order to make your move stress free as possible. 

Keep Lists

These days thankfully, there are apps available to help you organize yourself, or if you prefer, you could simply use old-fashioned paper and pen. It’s a good idea to prepare both a to-do list and a checklist before you start moving and keep both of them with you at all times. Make a note of the phone numbers you need and the appointments you have made, there will be a lot of things to memorize otherwise. Take your to-do list everywhere with you so you can keep adding to it, as unfortunately there will be unforeseen problems, and keep your checklist with you as well so that you can get record it immediately when you complete a task. 

Learn to let go

Have a big clear out and try to be realistic about whether you actually need to take each thing in your boxes with you or not. Throw away the things that you haven’t used or worn in over a year, or better yet, donate them to charity. Chuck any items that are worn and broken. There’s no use taking these things as if you haven’t needed any of it recently, why will you need it in the new house? You don’t want to be carrying extra junk. Divide your items into boxes labeled something like, “keep”, “toss”, “store” and “donate”. You can donate anything from clothing, accessories, furniture, and so on, and it is best if these items are in good condition. When you fail to let go, you instinctively strengthen your sentimental attachments to personal items. Donate clothes and other items in as many boxes as you can. Depending on the organisation, you may have to arrange for a delivery, or a representative might come for the items. Subsequently, you will notice a significant reduction in your personal load.


The earlier you can start packing the better. Go through each room one at a time and label all the respective boxes. You could have a labeling system such as “B” for bedroom and “L” for the living room or even however you see fit to organize the boxes. Assign a family member to their own room and try to give everyone their own jobs to do. Use similar shaped boxes so that they can fit together easily in the removals truck. You want to be able to tesselate the boxes on top of each other to keep your belongings safe from breaking and to fit in as many as possible. Unload the boxes into the rooms that they will eventually be unpacked into when you arrive at your new place, as this will also save you time. 


During the removal process, it could be easier to put some things into storage. You can keep these in a safe place until you’ve got the bulk of the move done. If you just need some extra space, or are downsizing, this could also be a more permanent solution. 

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