Moving home is one of life's top stressors. In fact, it often ranked in the top five most stressful life events. Whilst moving can represent a time of renewal and change it often brings with it anxiety and uncertainty. As human beings most of us thrive on routine and familiarity. For example, even on holiday most of us settle in to a routine of sorts. Yep moving house can make even the unflappable feel like they're in a whirlwind. However, there are some things you can put in place to make the experience a little easier. Here at Beds On Legs we've compiled a list of things to help you when moving home.
Whilst it might be quicker to throw everything in boxes without any thought it will cause you stress in the long run. It is much better to group things into rooms. For example everything that is going in the kitchen should be kept together. Most importantly label all your boxes so they can placed into the room of choice with ease. You'll be thanking your organised self at the other end.
Have A Purge
Moving home is the perfect time to spring clean your life. You should start the weeks, if not months, ahead of the big day. If you know you don't need a particular item or it won't fit into your new home then be strict with yourself and get rid of it. You may want to do a car boot sale to bring some extra pennies in. Or for bulky items you may want to sell them on a website such as Gumtree. Alternatively, charities are always grateful for your unwanted goods. You'll be surprised at how much lighter you'll feel after a good purge.
Ask For Help
As Placebo put it ' A friend in need is a friend indeed'. We all need a little helping hand now again and so there is nothing wrong with asking for help when moving home. Perhaps you have that one friend who loves to write lists. Or maybe you know someone who is particularly good at helping you decide what needs to stay or go. Whatever you do don't be proud. Accepting help is perfectly OK.
Write A List
Writing a list is particularity helpful for soothing anxiety. Just getting everything out of your head and onto paper can make you feel like a huge weight has been lifted of your shoulders. Furthermore it gives you the opportunity to tick things off as you go along. Plus you'll have every right to feel smugly organised. Things to include on your list include:-
Contacting utility companies with readings from your old house and for your new property.
Organising broadband connection.
Write down the locations of essential items such as the stopcock.
Organise a redirection of post
Write down all the companies that you need to contact to inform them of your change of address such as your bank.
Informing all your family and friends of your new address. Unless you don't want them to visit of course!
Get Quotes From Removal Companies
We recommend getting a number of quotes from removal companies. Indeed, removal costs can vary widely. Also it is a good idea to ask around for recommendations. Furthermore, be aware that cheaper is not always better. Often paying for a better service can reap the benefits in the long term. You won't be thankful of saving a few quid when they break your treasured family heirloom for example.
Don't Beat Yourself Up
Whatever you do, don't beat yourself for getting stressed when moving home. Anxiety is a normal part of the process and is not a sign of weakness. So try to be kind yourself and most importantly don't forget where you have packed the kettle. Having a cup of your favourite brew should be one of the first things you do when you first walk in to your new home.