At some point in our lives, we all move home. Some more than others. And there’s no doubt that it can be a complicated process and, with a lack of planning, it can become a nightmare.

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But before we start putting you in the frame of mind to start thinking twice about your move, there are some things that you can do to make the process run smoothly.

Where do you start?

Over the years you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff, right? So the mammoth task facing you is that you’ve a lot that needs packing, meaning every inch of your home could end up full of boxes.

Don’t underestimate the importance of boxes. Most people just get their hands on what they can, from the local supermarket or elsewhere. This can be a mistake. Not all boxes are uniform, or have lids, they’re certainly not all the same size and, therefore, they won’t all stack effectively.

We’d recommend using boxes designed specifically for the item you’re trying to pack. There are special boxes for everything − those meant for clothing, crockery, flat screen televisions and lamps.

And use the right materials. Homeowners often place items in a large box without using bubble wrap, newsprint or packing paper. This puts your belongings at risk of being damaged.

Use this opportunity to de-clutter

We’re a nation of hoarders. Mainly because we project so much emotional sentimentality to inanimate objects – meaning we find it quite difficult to let go, even if we don’t need or want an item.

Moving house provides you with a clean slate. A platform to review what you actually do and don’t need. And the stuff you don’t? Have a fun day at a car boot sale or ebay it all − one person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure. You may just make a nice bit of spending money to add that extra gloss to your new home.

Be organised: colour code and label everything!

This can be taken as far as you’re prepared to take it. Experts will tell you that it’s a good idea to assign a colour-coded label to your boxes to indicate which room the contents are from room, then sub-label by primary contents, and finally by whether the contents are fragile – try to keep these items separate from everything else.

In the end you’ll be grateful of the hard work put in at the start. Because this will mean you’ll spend less time in your new home staring at a mountain of boxes and more time with your feet up in front of your expertly un-packed television.

Book a professional to lend you a pair of hands….and a removal van.

If you can afford to, book a professional removal company to help you with the move. Sounds simple but there are so many people who opt for the option of making multiple runs in their own car, cramming every available inch – why do it to yourself, it’s exhausting.

A removal company will get the job done a whole lot quicker, free of any accidents and damage.

If you don’t want to pay for a removal company, we’d suggested roping in some friends to help – that way you’ll have a lot more fun.

Only unpack what you need to on the first day

Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither is moving home something that happens in a short space of time. Okay, the logistics might. But the unpacking, for instance, is more likely to take several days – weeks, even.

Take a methodical approach to how you unpack. For example, tackle one room at a time, which is where the colour-coding becomes priceless, rather than trying to unpack bits and pieces as you wade through a sea of cardboard.

Take a well-deserved break at the back-end of moving day. Don’t think that once all of your possessions are in your new home that you then need to start unpacking them immediately.

Moving doesn’t need to be complicated, unpacking doesn’t need to be a mammoth task either. Having a clear out before you move can help you lessen the load when moving and make getting set up in your new home a lot easier. To find out more take a look at our blog post about house clearances and how they don’t just help you but also let potential buyers think clearly.

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