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Moving house is rated as one of life’s most stressful experiences, along with divorce and bereavement – but it need not be. A little planning, preparation and organisation can help to make moving to a new abode an exciting prospect, instead of a daunting and fretful one.
Having a good sort-out and disposing of unwanted items will reduce the amount of belongings needing to be packed and transported. Things which are too good to throw out can be freecycled, given to jumble sales and charity shops, or sold through online auctions or on Gumtree. Collecting cardboard boxes, newspaper, bubble wrap and polystyrene chips in advance of the move is a good idea, unless you get the professionals in to do everything for you. Used padded envelopes are excellent for wrapping delicate items. Strong sealing tape and felt tip pens will be needed so that box contents can be clearly marked.
What to Pack First
Even if a removal firm is used, most people prefer to do the packing themselves. It is best to start with items that are not in daily use. Those with enough storage space to keep the original packaging for various household appliances, such as televisions and hi-fi equipment, will have the task greatly simplified; if not, care will have to be taken to protect valuable and fragile items by wrapping them in bubble wrap or bedding before placing in boxes. Care should be taken not to overfill boxes to avoid back strain when lifting. Crockery has to be individually wrapped and kept apart from other items to prevent breakage: if there is not enough bubble wrap and polystyrene chips, socks, jumpers, towels, crumpled paper and cushions can be used for protection. Keep important documents safe and check you have insurance to cover possible damage or loss.
What to Pack Last
The last to be packed, and the first that will be needed on arrival at the new house, will be the kettle and essentials for making drinks and snacks. The strength and morale of all the people involved in the move will be greatly improved by a fortifying beverage and a bite to eat. Unless it is possible to leave children and pets in the care of others while the move is taking place, their needs also have to be considered: favourite toys to comfort youngsters and drinking bowls for dogs, which can be easily found when needed, will help them to be less perturbed by all the goings on. Owners of nervous cats or dogs might be advised to get a mild sedative from a vet to ensure their furry friends do not get distressed.
What to Keep to Hand
Basic hygiene requisites like soap, a towel and loo paper need to be ready for use on arrival. Hopefully, a first aid kit will not be needed, but it is as well to have sticking plasters, headache pills and antiseptic to hand, just in case. A selection of tools, like a hammer, pliers, spirit level, drill, screwdriver, screws, a measuring tape and raw plugs will help to get the shelving and self assembly furniture construction under way. It may also be good to have a candle, a torch and some fuses as well.
Pack overnight things separately, and ensure they are readily accessible: after a long, tiring day it will be a great help to be able to get the beds made up easily, and have bathroom articles ready for use. Have a take-away or ready-made meal, which can be easily re-heated, get the kids to bed and you can relax. Time for a glass of wine or some cocoa: mission accomplished, welcome to your new home!
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