When you sign the papers on your new place, it’s exciting to imagine the move to your future home as the pinnacle of organisation. Until you realise just how tricky it can be.
Any Martha Stewart fantasies are shattered as soon as you’re knee deep in cardboard and the contents of every drawer and cupboard. It’s at this stage that no matter how good your initial intentions, there’s a strong chance you will frantically pack your belongings into boxes scrawled with illegible, and often incorrect, room names. And then things break. Or get lost. Or get boxed up in the garage forever, when they probably shouldn’t be.
Many people think that the chaos of shifting homes is an unavoidable struggle, but it doesn’t need to be. Moving can be organised, easy, and fun...relatively. You just need a room by room game plan, and luckily we’ve got some tips for each area of the house:
Hold a moving sale.
Moving is easier when you get rid of that stuff you don’t actually need (or want!). Yard Sales are an easy and fun way to make a little extra cash while also making moving day a bit easier.
Be sure to advertise the sale on online classifieds at least one week before the sale, and hold it on a weekend. Don’t forget to arrange a charity collection service for anything that doesn’t sell!
Consider your utilities early.
You don’t want the power left on in your old place after you’ve moved out or, more importantly, you don’t want to be left in the dark because you forget to connect the utilities in your new place before moving in. Avoiding this is easy, just let us know when you’re moving in advance and we’ll get you sorted.
Living & dining
Take photo of the back of all your AV/electronics so you can set them up again.
Unless you’re a regular Elon Musk, you probably don’t want to worry about which plug goes where when it comes time to getting your internet and AV system setup again. Instead, take a clear photo of the back of all your electronics so you can reference them when it comes time to start your first new-home Netflix binge.
Have pros take care of your carpet.
Carpet stains are unavoidable, but sadly landlords aren’t always understanding to this. The good news is the stains you uncover while moving can often be removed if treated correctly. Take the time to research and book a good professional carpet cleaner who should have higher quality, and often more sustainable, cleaning solutions not always available to the average person.
Prepare your plants.
Moving is hard on our photosynthesizing friends. Make sure your beloved blooming fern gets plenty of love and attention for a couple weeks leading up to the move. Then when moving day arrives, transfer your plants into non-breakable containers, and drain any remaining water from the soil. Then, box them up in plastic-lined boxes. Don’t forget to give your plants early priority when unpacking or they might not make it.
Stack your plates vertically like records.
This handy trick helps prevent them from breaking while being transported, so long as you’re careful transporting the box. Just make sure they’ve all got a divider of some sort (this can be a handy use for your pillowcases).
Save money by wrapping your breakable kitchenware in clean clothes.
This will save you money on both boxes and bubble wrap. You can even stuff your clean socks in glasses to keep them safe!
Defrost your fridge early.
Most people don’t realise how messy defrosting your refrigerator is. Make sure to dispose of your perishables and defrost your refrigerator multiple days before the move, so you have ample time to clean up the wet mess it can make.
Cling wrap your hung clothes.
This will save time unfolding and rehanging your clothes. It’s as easy as wrap, pack, move, unwrap!
Budget for a sitter.
If you think moving is stressful, you won’t believe what it can be like for your kids (or your furry, four-legged children). While finding a sitter may sound unnecessary, everything will go smoother if you budget for one to keep the little ones entertained in places free from the hustle and bustle of the removalists.
Don’t bury bathroom essentials in boxes.
If you’ve used something in your bathroom in the past 24 hours, it’s probably something you don’t want to have stashed in a box for who knows how long. Before things get hectic, stash all your toiletries and beauty supplies in a travel bag that’s stored somewhere accessible.
Take the time to be organised.
To make unpacking easier, get started well before moving day. Use a larger amount of smaller boxes, and transparent plastic containers where possible. Pack with purpose, and try to make sure everything in a box is related somehow. Use different coloured tape for different rooms, and write detailed labels on each box. This sounds like a lot of work, and it is, but it makes unpacking way easier, and that’s worth it. We promise.
Does your house need a little more TLC before it can become the organised utopia you want it to be? We’ve also got some helpful advice for the pre-move cleanout and some great energy plans so you’re ready to go, with the lights on, from the day you move in.