Moving Home Checklist: Your Guide to a Stress-free Move
I am a serial mover. On average I move every 13 months. Tedious? Maybe, however, I am well rehearsed in relocating my sanctuary. I LOVE setting up a new space, but dread the idea of living out of boxes and a half set up home. After a lot of practice, trial and error I now have moving home down to a fine art. Here are my key tips for enjoying the last few weeks in your current home, and settling straight into your new one.
Declutter before you pack. Pack only items that you cannot wait to unpack and display in your new home. A new home is a fresh start, leave behind what is not serving you. Need downsizing support, check out our KonMari inspired Tips For Downsizing.
Pack in order. The first items you box should be those you rarely use, such as hardware and hobby supplies (see “suggested packing order”). This will allow you to continue enjoying the space you are in and reduce the amount of work required on moving day.
Move wisely. Pack in stackable boxes or tubs; try to avoid bags and open bins as they are hard to stack and load in vans. Fewer trips to and from the van leaves more time for setting up and settling in! Read our Moving 101
Enjoy. Throughout a move, it is easy to lose the excitement of a new home; maybe even a new city, new roommates or new little ones. Whatever your positive motivation to relocate was, keep it front of mind. A smile can make light of the heavy lifting!
Suggested packing order
- Laundry & hardware
- Hobbies (craft, sports, sewing, gaming)
- Baking (any speciality kitchen items)
- Tableware, vases and entertaining pieces
- Books & photo albums
- DVD’s (time to get netflix) & electronics
- Paper files & stationary
- Pantry (dry food)
- Linen & towels
- Kitchen (remaining should be most used items)