If there’s something that Husband and I have got down to a fine art, it’s moving house. Since we met back in 2006, we’ve lived in EIGHT different properties, 5 of which have been with kids and pets in tow. There are quite a few things that you can do which will make your life a whole lot easier when moving house, so we’ve put together a guide to share some of them with you.
Have a Good Clearout
I cannot begin to tell you the amount of house moves we’ve done where I’ve unpacked boxes in the new place, only to find that most of it is crap that we should have just binned. We suggest having a big clearout about a month before you move. Have one pile of things that are broken or worn out and can be binned, one pile for things you want to give to the charity shop and another pile of things that you want to list on eBay or Facebook to sell.
Husband and I are very much the “roll your sleeves up and do it yourselves” kinda folk, but for our last move, we actually hired a man and a van to help us and it made things SO much easier! There are lots of moving firms out there, like Parnaby Removals in Darlington, who will even help you pack and unpack your belongings if you choose that service. Professional movers aren’t as expensive as you might think and if you’re hiring a van anyway, it might be worth checking out.
Get Kid/Pet Sitters
The last time we moved, Sausage was 7 and BB was about a year and a half old, and we still had our darling Chuck. We had family just rpound the corner from the old house who were willing to help us move, but actually, their services were MUCh more valuable to us as sitters for Chuck and the kids. It meant that Husband and I could crack on doing everything we needed to while safe in the knowledge that our smalls were being cared for.
When you move house, you’ll spend a lot of time walking backwards and forwards with boxes. If you label all of the boxes and put them exactly where they need to go, you’ll save yourselves a lot of time and effort. It sounds like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people wing it and then spend even more time moving things into thr right rooms once everything is in the new house.
Pack a Cool Box
The day before you move, pack a cool box with easy-to-grab items that can keep your strength up throughout the day, like water bottles and quick snacks. Move it with you in the car instead of the moving lorry so you can access it whenever you need to. Husband and I always end up going through a drive-thru when we move because it’s a quick option but it’s not exactly healthy!