Moving house

We moved into our new home almost a month ago. Woohoo!
It's definitely  a crazy time of year to move, a week before Christmas when there seems to be so much to do and school is finishing up for the year. But, I have a confession... I love moving house! I love packing and planning and preparing. I love the anticipation of something new. (You know what I don't love though? The cleaning. Bleugh.)
I was determined to be organised, for this move to go as smoothly as possible. And it did!
So here are my 4  top tips that made moving a million times easier. If you're able, it really does help keep the sanity in check, and the excitement for a new adventure high.

1. Declutter weeks before you have to move.
 This is the main tip that made all the difference! It's true that moving is the perfect time to take stock of your possessions and get rid of the excess and unnecessary. BUT, if you leave the decluttering till packing and moving day, it will never happen! There are too many other things to get done. It will feel so much easier to just shove everything in a box and postpone the decluttering till another time. Which really just makes your unpacking job harder and more time consuming. So if you know a few weeks ahead of time that a house move is on the cards, get started on getting rid of the excess and junk straight away. ESPECIALLY the junk. Expired bathroom products, ancient pantry items, random rubbish and papers, everything. It makes the whole process more manageable and it is such a nice feeling knowing that everything you are taking to the next house is ONLY the useful and loved items. (Which then makes unpacking in your new home a real joy.)

2. Pre pack all the non necessities - early. 
As soon as we'd signed the dotted line and knew we would be moving in a month, I took down all the artwork around the house. Seems a little preemptive, but if you accomplish one task like that a week leading up to moving day, you'll have so much less to do that actual weekend. Get it done early. The second week I packed up most of the clothes, with enough left for a couple of days at a time. (Also, this meant less washing, which is always awesome.) The third week I packed away most of the kitchen items, and stored all the art and craft supplies in boxes, ready to go. The fourth week I washed all the bedlinen and cushion covers, and packed up the rest of the linen closet (minus 3 towels). When moving day came, the few final things left to pack were a breeze!

3. Label each box with list of contents and the room it needs to be taken in the next house.
You know the nightmare of desperately needing a particular item those first few days of being in the new home, but having no idea which box it's stored in? No more! Label each box clearly with the contents, and it also helps those helping you move know which box goes where (without having to keep coming back to you to ask!).

4. Pre pack a box with the first 24 hour necessities. 
I included items like the kids pjs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, spare nappies and wipes, underwear, a roll of toilet paper, an outfit each, deodorant, soap, two towels, some colouring books and pencils, and dry snacks. When all the helpers have gone home and you are left in your house full of boxes, its handy to have one box that has everything you need for those first 24 hours while you find your feet. If you're exhausted and just want to sleep, you can postpone the unpacking till morning. Enjoy the first night in your home without being stressed.

So there you have it. My four swear by tips that make moving a - dare I say it - enjoyable experience! If you're moving sometime soon, good luck!


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