By Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
As the world has become a global village, businesses, education everything has become globalized. This has increased the number of people moving house, as sometimes families have to move because of their jobs and sometimes they have to do it because of education. Hence the number of house movers has increased and is even continuing to grow every day.
Moving home is a very stressful job which requires a lot of patience. Sometimes it can be very traumatic for an individual. However a little planning and organization can make the entire process easier and help you be less tensed and hassled.
Who will be doing it?
The first thing you need to decide is whether you will be moving by yourself or if you’ll hire a company. If you decide to outsource it, a little research about moving companies will be required. You need to research about the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their services. Their schedule should also be kept in mind that is you should hire them some months before you move. And if you have chosen to move by yourself then you need to check whether you have adequate transportation for relocating items or not.
Plan well in advance
Shifting can be made less stressful, if you organize your house a few days before starting the process. This will make the process smoother for you. Furniture removals and moving other big items is not that stressful as the removal of small items. Therefore packing stuff, especially small items, should be planned and performed with patience and care. Before packing, decide whether you will be taking all the stuff along with you or not. There is no sense in moving stuff you do not want in your new house. For this you should consider the size of your new house, the area of it, and the decor there. Along with this, moving house is a great opportunity to get rid of all the useless and old items that you have kept for years. You can donate them or throw them away; this will make your move lighter and packing quicker.
Pack as early as possible
Do not delay your packing till the last moment, start it as early as possible. Begin the packing with the stuff that won’t be required until you move such as books, pots, off-season clothing and stuff like that. Once you have packed these items in the moving boxes, stack them all in a separate room designated to these boxes only.
After packing the items in boxes, do not forget to label them. Label as per you convenience. Label the boxes according to the rooms they belong to or label them according to the items they carry. Making labels color-coded as per rooms and items can further customize labeling. This will require efficiency because labeling will not only make unpacking easy but it will also help in loading as it will indicate which box needs to be handled with due care and which can be loaded with ordinary care.
The essentials box
Make a separate box of essentials. Fill this box with all the necessary items that you will need to get through the first few days in your new house. This will eliminate the panic of unpacking all the boxes to find any of the items you need.
Transfer the utilities
Do not forget to turn all the utilities on in your new home. Make sure you have contacted the gas, electricity, telephone and cable companies and they are ready to install the connection, as all these utilities take time to connect. On the other hand, do not forget to turn off the utilities at your old house once you have left. Removals and storage, loading and unloading can all be made stress free if you get well prepared for the big day.
by Ayla Urwin-Toll, P. R. Representative
One of the most important steps in the moving process is to begin purging items that have been in your home and of little use or can be easily replaced in your new location. This can be done during the packing process or proceeding it.
Being ruthless in your purging can save you money. You'll need less packing supplies, labor, and space in a truck to get the job done. To do this, ask yourself questions. When was the last time I used this item? Is it still useful? Is it broken? If it has been a long time since you used it or if it is no longer useful you should consider discarding the item.
Everyone has items that they hold sentimental and important to them. To a certain extent, this is okay and understandable. You should avoid letting this get out of hand. For example, having over a dozen boxes each of art that your children made for you is excessive and should be avoided. We would recommend picking your absolute favorites and discarding the excess.
Stockpiling and Throwing a ‘Purge Party’
Some people stockpile items to prevent running out of items like soaps, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. This is a very useful tactic when you are living in a location for a significant amount of time, but can become a problem if you plan on moving. ‘How do I get rid of 15 packs of toilet paper? Or should I pay to have all of it moved?’ becomes your conundrum.
We recommend having what we call a ‘Purge Party.’ This is an event that you set up before your move solely for the purposes of getting rid of your stockpiled items and saying goodbye to your friends in the neighborhood. You can set up a raffle, game, or door prize of your excess items. You can also use the party to get rid of items that you haven’t used in a long time, but are still in working order.
With these tips we hope that you have some ideas in order to get rid of your excess items and have a much smoother move. Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment with your tips and tricks for purging your items.