We bet there’s at least one time in your life when you wish you’d joined the Minimalist movement. Yup, you guessed it! It’s moving time. Moving can be extremely overwhelming, and if you have no system in place, it can take you ages to pack and unpack everything. Not to mention that, if you have no experience with moving, you might inadvertently damage a lot of your stuff in the process. But worry not! We have gathered some useful tips and hacks that will make your move as painless as possible.
Declutter before the big day
The period before you move is the perfect time to do a thorough decluttering of your home. Why pay movers and break your back packing and unpacking stuff that you never use? While you pack, throw away or donateeverything you don’t use or need anymore. Being objective is tough, but it will make your life much easier.
Choose the best time to move
Chances are, you’re aiming to move at the beginning of the month, and probably during the weekend, because that’s when you have the most free time, right? Well, guess what? Everyone else has the exact same plans as you do. That means that everything will be problematic. First of all, you might be hard-pressed to get free boxes. Second, and more important, it might be difficult to book movers to help you. If you do manage, they might be late to your place from their previous job. They’ll also probably be in a hurry to get done with your move, so that they can get to their next client. That means more stress for you and a bigger potential of damage for your stuff. Instead, if at all possible, time your move for a weekday in the middle of the month. Statistics show that most Australians move during the summer, so, for instance, booking the best removalists in Melbourne from May to September might be problematic. Plan your move for another time of the year if you can.
The first thing to do when packing is to designate a box of necessities that you will need during your first day in your new home so that you can function even if you are too tired to unpack. Boxes with other important items should be labeled so that you can unpack them first. This way you will be able to unpack everything you need for normal daily life and put off unpacking the rest. Move furniture first and place every piece in its proper place immediately. This will allow you to put away items in their proper place as soon as you unpack them. Labeling each box with the name of the room where it belongs is also super useful – and remember to label the sides of the boxes, not the top, so that your labels are visible even if the boxes are stacked one on top of the other.
There are a couple of important things to arrange before your move. First of all, if you have young children or pets, arrange for them to stay with someone you trust on moving day. Moving can be chaotic and worrying about a toddler or puppy will only add to the stress. Also, protect your valuables by storing them somewhere safe during the move. Don’t forget to backup important files from your computer so you don’t lose them in case of damage.
With the current lower housing prices in Sydney and Melbourne, plenty of Australians are in the market for a home. If you are one of them, remember to be smart about your move and use our hacks to make it as fast and as simple as possible.