1 - Throw away what you no longer need
Change is a great time to throw away old things that are no longer needed. It will help free up space in your home and reduce cleaning.
- By separating your belongings, you can divide it into 4 sections: sale, donation, garbage, and storage.
2 - Take only what you are really going to use
It's important to have a clear idea of what you're holding onto and why. Then when it comes to unboxing, it will be much easier to organise your belongings.
- Buy the storage boxes a few weeks in advance to allow enough time to pack calmly. There are 3 different size of cardboard boxes for sale in all OrangeSpace Self-Storage stores.
- Place labels on all cardboard boxes relating to their category and where they will be placed in your home. This will facilitate the organisation process.
3 - Make a list of everything you need to do before moving
Packing and taking your things will not be the only part of the move. It is necessary to fully coordinate the departure from one house to another, cancelling utility services such as water, gas, electricity and internet, while setting everything up again for your new address.
4 - Ask for help and distribute tasks
Do not try to do everything yourself. If you do not have someone to count on, hire a company and you will get help from professionals during your move. This will certainly relieve much of the stress during the process.
5 - Respect your feelings
While the reasons for the change may be positive, feelings of sadness and anxiety can always appear. When that happens, accept these emotions, and think you will soon be at a new moment in your life.
6 - Keep to your routine
With all the hustle and bustle of change, it is quite common to lose track of your usual routine. However, try your best to rest and eat well to maintain strong energy levels to "take care" business.
- Keep following your routine as best you can and avoid letting the move disrupt your normal lifestyle. So, if you have a barbecue with family or friends to go to, go.
- Sleep well. It is essential to be able to rest well every night to stay energized during these days or weeks of movement.
6 - Take time to deal with the change
Change also stirs feelings, so it is good to take time off to get to know and adapt to your new home before resuming your usual work routine or starting a new job.
- After unboxing everything, leave home to get to know your neighborhood or the outskirts of the new city.
- If you are moving to the country, prepare for the cultural shock, which is normal but temporary and will gradually pass as you adapt to the new rhythm of life and local customs.
7 - Breakdown the packing process
Packing can be a daunting task, particularly if you've accumulated a lot of possessions. It can also be a time-consuming process. If you have a particularly large amount of items to pack, or feel overwhelmed in general, start by breaking down the process room-by-room.
- Write out a packing schedule, perhaps isolating one room per week - allowing plenty of time to complete the process, ultimately making it much more manageable.
8 - Account for unplanned interruptions
Anxiety and stress can be elevated during the moving process because of time constraints. It's easy to underestimate the time needed to pack up your possessions and you may need to coordinate the process with a busy agenda. So start everything early allowing for unplanned interruptions.
- Life can throw curveballs and your attention may well be diverted elsewhere during the process. Allow enough time to account for plenty of interruptions.
- Coordinate schedules with other people involved in the exit process way in advance- removal firms, cleaners, storage sites, estate agents, realtors, landlords etc... This can help direct your exit timeline.
- Aim to clear the property several days in advance to allow plenty of time for cleaning and general damage inspection. This is especially important if you're looking to recoup a rental deposit.
You can always count on the help of OrangeSpace Self-Storage to make your moving easier. Don't let it become a stressful process.