Tips to Minimise the Stress of Moving
I’ve had a few sales recently, a number of which have been quite short settlements meaning moving day comes around really quickly! With this in mind I have a few suggestions to ease the stress of moving.
- A bit obvious but start organising and preparing for your removal as soon as your contract becomes unconditional. Packing your boxes can take longer than you expect as you have got so used to the ‘stuff’ around you that it looks like less than it is. You will reduce stress and last minute uncertainty by starting early. Pack everything you can in advance except for absolute essentials which you will leave till the last minute, plates, cutlery, food, cleaning goods etc.
- Use cartons and boxes, again, it seems obvious but it is tempting to use whatever is at hand for small items, plastic bag, empty back pack or gym bag etc. But small, loose items can be lost of broken if you don’t have a system that makes them safe and lets you know exactly what is where. Ensure that you fill all empty spaces inside your cartons with crushed paper or other packing materials (you can use newspaper but it can leave grubby marks and stain your property).
- Kneeling, crouching and bending for long periods can cause injury and soreness. Where possible place the box on a table or other horizontal surface when packing to save your body and also do the job faster. My osteopath Edouard would undoubtedly approve of this one!
- It’s a good idea to recognise the weight of some the boxes. I would suggest to not use very large boxes for items such as books. Keep your bathroom scales handy so you don’t exceed a total weight of 15-20kg for any box. (again I refer to my osteopath)
- Fragile items, such as glassware and crockery, are best wrapped individually and packed upside-down in your boxes. Wrap plates in bundles of 5, with paper separating each plate and overhanging paper wrapped around the sides. A further precaution is to pack each bundle on its side in the carton. Make sure you line all cartons containing fragile items with crushed paper on the top, bottom and sides and empty spaces within fragile items like glasses and vases should be stuffed with paper, socks or similar materials.
- Don’t pack important personal or business documents passports, birth certificates, expensive jewellery and other hard-to-replace items in cartons to go in the removal truck. Carry them with you in your car so you know exactly where they are.
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