11 hacks to take the stress out of moving house
Take the stress out of moving house with these 11 clever transitioning tips.
You’ve ticked off something huge – renting or buying a house – but does the thought of moving have you just as stressed?
Moving house doesn’t need to move you to tears. With a little forward-planning and nifty organising knacks, you’ll be settling into your new home stress-free and ready to make new memories.
From packing the truck with Tetris precision to protecting your treasures, here’s how to successfully relocate your belongings – except for that emotional baggage.
Save time, space, money and energy with these hacks.
11 easy tips for moving house
Stack for success
Organise your boxes by weight. Not only will you save your back by avoiding lifting a surprisingly heavy load, but you’ll be ready to pack the truck the minute it arrives. Place heavier boxes in the truck first but keep the smaller items on hand; they’re perfect for the little cubby holes that appear. When you’re left with your lighter items, be sure to strap them down or wedge them where they won’t slip and slide during the drive. For more tips and tricks to packing your truck, head to thrifty.com.au/trucks.
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The last thing you want to do during your move is worry about the minor details. Change your address at least two weeks in advance, update your home and contents insurance and make sure you’ve arranged for your utilities to be connected before you move. Stockpile moving boxes ahead of time ready to be filled – you can usually pick these up for free from Coles, Woolworths or Bunnings. Don’t forget to give your new home a quick once-over the day before so it’s sparkling clean and ready for unpacking.
Out with the old...
Because you only want to be moving in with the new. Before you start packing, designate a donations area for your clothing and items you won’t be taking with you. Arrange for larger items to be collected by your local op shop’s furniture truck. If a piece of furniture won’t fit in your new home, give it a new one by donating it.
Make it picture perfect
Once you’ve filled a box, snap a photo on your phone of its contents. You’ll save time – and tears – rifling through boxes at the other end. Same goes for your entertainment set-up. Take a photo of the wiring arrangement while plugged in, and label wires so you’ll be able to replug-in like a pro. Label your boxes on their sides, not the tops, so you can see what’s inside when they’re stacked, or opt for transparent plastic containers to beat the guessing game.
Enlist tech time-savers
More tech than manual? Download the free Moving Day app and organise your boxes with its handy barcode system. Enter an inventory of each box you pack and the app will create a barcode for it. When you’re ready to unpack, just scan the barcode to reveal its contents.
Break down big items
Dismantle furniture at least a day before your move. Mark where the pieces go with masking tape to make reassembling a breeze, and keep any screws or bolts in an envelope taped onto the largest part of the item.