How to Move and Keep Your Sanity

I’ve been a been a bit absent here lately, and for that I apologise. I’ve been caught up with moving before I start school again in a couple of short weeks!

It seems that I’ve moved a million times in the last few years, and truth be told I have lived in a different house every year for the past 4 years. I have a lot of practise with moving! I thought it would be useful if I shared my tips for how to move and keep your sanity at the same time.

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1. Find helpers!

Moving is so much easier if you enlist friends or family to help you. I’ve been lucky in that my parents have always helped me move – mostly because they like to check where I’m living and who I am living with. Heavy lifting outside of the gym is not my idea of fun, nor is pulling apart and rebuilding furniture. My mother is a flat pack wizard though, and Dad is always keen to lend a hand or some muscle. Moving with the help of friends can also be fun!

2. Be organised.

Honestly, this most recent move was the easiest I’ve made yet and I put it all down to being incredibly organised. It helped that I had a lot of time on hands but it was the simplest things that made a difference. Labelling your boxes or bags so that you know exactly where they need to go is so simple, but saves so much time when it comes to unpacking. Pack your clothes in order of what you wear most frequently and what is currently in season. No need to have your Hunter wellies and coat in the top when it’s the middle of summer. And pack the rest of your items in reverse order – what are you most likely to want soonest? Make the most of the chance to go through your clothes and donate what you haven’t worn in the past year to charity – all the better to make room for new purchases!

3. Move neatly.

This goes hand in hand with being organised, but being neat when you’re moving your stuff (especially clothes!) is a huge help. I really didn’t realise how extensive my wardrobe is until I moved. I made sure I re-folded all my clothes before I moved, and I organised them into seasons so I knew what had to go straight into my cupboards, or what had to go into storage containers for the time being. Keeping your make up and toiletries in designated boxes or containers is also a huge help as you can then slide them straight into drawers and cupboards when you get to your new place.

4. Have fun!

Once you are unpacked, your furniture is in place and you know where all your stuff is, it’s time to have fun! Get to know your new housemates with an impromptu dinner party or drinks. Decorate your place or room however you like. Move things around until you’re 100% happy with it. Enjoy discovering your new neighbourhood, finding your new local bar or cafe and going for strolls to admire the homes around you.

Have you got any moving tips? x

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