21 APRIL 2019, BY MY PASSPORT TO SHANGRILA
Moving home is a pain and I could argue it is one of the most inconvenient things we all have to do at stages in our life. Over the past four years I have moved twice and safe to say I have no plans on doing it again for a while.
Prior to the first move, I returned to live at my parents family home after a relationship breakup. I hadn’t packed up my life in several years so I had forgotten just how stressful it can be and how being organised is key to save you from having a heart attack. My latest move was more stressful than ever. I had surrendered a rented apartment ready to move into my first very own home that was being built from new. Along with juggling moving dates and applying for a mortgage was not plain sailing.
Moving home requires a lot of detailed planning:
Make A List
I always find writing everything down and ticking it off as you go works best. If I don’t, and I say in my head I know what I need to do, I forget and leave everything until the last minute. Visually seeing what I need to do makes everything so much easier. Write down everything, and I mean EVERYTHING right down to buying tea towels, dish washing liquid and tape.
Throw It Away
One of my well used phrases is ‘less is more’, and the less you move the easier it is. Moving is the perfect opportunity to declutter your life and ask the question “Do I really need this?”. I also found this was the best time to throw out a lot of old well worn items of clothing and bedding.
Sort Out Documentation and Keep It Filed
Organising documents for the rental apartment was fairly easy to sort out. It didn’t require too much thought. It was pretty much common sense. However, applying to buy my home and a mortgage is not easy. This was possibly the most stressful part of the move. The detailed lengths a bank goes to in requesting all sorts of documentation from proving ID, financial history, employment history, credit scoring, tax accounts, saving accounts can prove quite overwhelming!
Don’t Leave It Until Last Minute
When the news was out I was able to buy my own home the stories people would dispense about how they moved and that some did it only the day before, or even on the morning of the move, filled me with shock. Don’t be that person, don’t leave packing your socks draw until the last minute. Prepare well in advance and save yourself the stress later on. I’m not talking pack everything well in advance but think about what things you know you won’t use and pack those first – bedding, winter clothes, crockery etc. You want it to go as quickly and as smoothly as possible, and if you are paying for someone to move it for you, the more organised you are the cheaper it will cost you.
Buy Your Groceries Online In Advance
The first shop you do in a new home is always the biggest, buying everything from toilet cleaner to different herbs ans spices to fill your spice rack, so having them dropped at your front door can be a life saver.
After you have just moved your entire life, the last thing you want to do is head down to the supermarket. The first time I moved into the rented apartment I had not only moved furniture over 250 Miles and unpacked it again, but then the realisation I needed to do a grocery shop too! I find when you have just moved somewhere, it’s easy to fall into the take away trap for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The cost of doing that adds up and can become hard to get out of. Do your shopping online and have it delivered the following morning.