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Your Pocket Guide To Staying Sane While Moving House

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Moving house can be one of the most stressful times of your life, as you’re boxing up your whole life, and shifting it somewhere new. Sure, it can be easy to imagine yourself in the spruced-up, on-sale abode that you tour with your family, but the actual logistics of moving beloved furniture, fragile items and more into your new home can be overwhelming.

However, there is a way you can compartmentalise this fraught process into a series of steps, keeping you sane as a result - and minimising the chances of a damaging argument or two. This post, courtesy of Kendon Packaging, will outline exactly what you need to do to make moving house as drama-free as possible...

Step #1: Pack a Survival Box

‘Survival box’ sounds a little extreme - after all, you’re likely to be moving into Surbiton rather than deepest Siberia - but it can be a not-quite-literal lifesaver during an arduous moving process, providing you with the things you’ll immediately need access to in your new home.

At a minimum, your survival box should contain:

●    Phone chargers
●    A change of clothes
●    Cutlery and plates
●    Shower gel and shampoo
●    Toilet paper
●    A torch
●    A toolkit
●    Towels

This should be the box you unpack first, complete with everything you need to live basically in your new home so that you have time to unpack each room at your leisure.

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A simple mantra to remember for this step is that your home should be functional before it is beautiful - so keep the paintings and heirlooms in a box and wait until you’ve filled the rooms with practical furniture first!

Step #2: Label, Label and Label Some More!

There’s little worse in the moving process than arriving in your new abode and finding yourself surrounded by piles of unlabelled cardboard boxes and having no idea what’s inside. The TV remote has to be in one of these, you say to yourself, as you turn the house upside down to find it!

An easy way to avoid this? Invest in labels, and buy more than you think you’ll need so that you’re absolutely certain that every single box will be adequately labelled, and you won’t be dealing with unnecessary stress when you move in. 

Step #3: Unpack in Order

While the temptation might be there to pull out your most cherished items first and immediately put them in place, you won’t be getting much of a practical benefit from this. You should instead focus on unpacking practical items first, such as your bed. This way, if things go very wrong, at least you have somewhere to sleep. You’ll also want to make sure your sofa and kettle are high up on that list!

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‘Survival box’ sounds a little extreme - after all, you’re likely to be moving into Surbiton rather than deepest Siberia - but it can be a not-quite-literal lifesaver during an arduous moving process, providing you with the things you’ll immediately need access to in your new home!

Step #4: Get the Paperwork Sorted

You might be absolutely exhausted after moving all your stuff into a new home, but there is one final step that can’t be ignored - setting up things like bills and council tax and informing the bank that you’ve moved. This might seem obvious to the more organised amongst us, but it’s surprising how easily you can forget basic things such as this while deciding on the optimum position of a sofa in your new space. 

So, get on the phone, dish out your new address as needed and sweep away all the boring stuff - your future self will thank you for it.

While we’re not promising that the whole process will go smoothly, with this quick guide, you’ll at least stay relatively sane during the moving process!