Did you know that moving home is rated by psychologists as one of the most stressful ‘life events’ we can go through? According to Seyle’s ‘Life Events Stress Rating Scale’ it is right up there with a death in the family, or losing a job and anyone who has moved home recently will probably agree that while it’s not quite as traumatic as either of those things, it certainly does take over your life and leave you reeling.
But the good news is that there are things you can do to make moving home a lot less stressful – and if you understand these strategies and employ them then you’ll find it goes a lot more smoothly and takes up a lot less time. Here are some tips to help make your next move less on-par with losing your job and more like… having a bad hair day.
One of the biggest stresses of moving home is that you have a very small window in which to move – this being the time between when you can move into the new property but haven’t yet sold the old one. Sometimes this is a very narrow opportunity, but by using a storage unit just for a month you don’t need to worry about it – and you can start moving things over much sooner.
In general, starting early is highly advisable as it means you aren’t rushing around last minute to try and move all of your belongings. If you know you’re moving out, then start going through your old documents and things a couple of months in advance and whittling down your things. This way the job will never seem insurmountable.
Use a Spare Room
Of course the downside of starting early is that it means you’ll end up with mess all over the house as you take things apart and pack things into boxes which then makes it difficult to show people around. Unless that is, you were to designate a single room in the house for you to store all those boxes and things so that you could keep them organised and start work while keeping the rest of the home tidy and easy to move around in.
Buy Good Boxes
Moving home is stressful when you have to carry Tesco bags filled with all your belongings and cardboard boxes that are coming apart at the seems. Avoid this by investing in some decent boxes and bags – it’s well worth it for how much easier it will be to move.
Rent a Skip
Does looking at all the things in your home that need to be moved fill you with dread? Well then just take this opportunity to narrow those things down so that you don’t have too much to get rid of. It sounds ruthless, but believe me you can probably reduce your things by 50% and not miss any of it too much. (And if you do? Buy it again!) More to the point it will be liberating and give you a fresh start in your new home, while at the same time meaning you have much less to move. Use skip bin hire to provide yourself with an easy way to dispose of anything non-essential.
The author of this article, Michael Corris, a home décor blogger who shares his experience through guest posts.
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