Home Move: Making It an Enjoyable Experience
Moving is not an easy task but it doesn’t have to be a procession of misery. Every now and then we are faced with this activity, and its frequency is especially familiar to roaming millennials that tend to move from one apartment to the other. Anxiety will not only make the entire experience feel longer, it will also make you less efficient and, even worse, open the possibility for mismanagement and lost items. If the long and stress-inducing shadow of a big move looms over your head, here’s how the move can be reassessed, making it an enjoyable experience.
Declutter before you begin
If you need to move, you just need to start packing, right? Well, it is not as simple as it sounds. Chances are, your temporary home is quite “lived in” and there are numerous items just lying around, and some have probably even turned into dangerous stumbling blocks. Before the big move, you need to declutter your home, and it can actually end up being a much longer and bigger task than you initially thought. Just start with the small things and start putting them into labeled cardboard boxes. Once you start packing things into a car or a van, these will go on top, so put them first in the area where they won’t stand in the way.
Jagged edges and sharp objects
Decluttering can last for several weeks, and in the meantime, you can think of ways to minimize the chances for injury during the move, as well as the integrity of bulkier items. You can use duct tape to “secure” these bulkier items to an extent and make the jagged edges safer. You can also purchase special types of Styrofoam coverings which can make matters even easier and safer. By properly covering and securing your bulky furniture, you are killing two birds with one stone – keeping yourself and indeed the furniture safe. You don’t need extra expenditure on your hands after the costly move.
Don’t be ashamed to look for help
If the entire project appears to be too overwhelming for you, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Turn to your family members or friends to lend a hand and ask them if they can also put their vehicle to your service. Prioritize asking the help from someone who owns a minivan, because it will make the entire move much breezier. Still, there are solutions even if everybody’s too busy to help out. These removalists from Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, for example, offer an efficient move with no hidden charges and with astounding efficiency. Therefore, you are not exactly without options.
Don’t leave anything waiting the day before the move
All of your tasks related to moving, including the preparation of furniture and packing of smaller goods, should be done as late as the morning before the move. You need some time to clear your head before the main part of the job begins and, as the natural main organizer of the occasion, you need to be on your toes throughout the process in order to save precious time of everyone involved.
Check after you move
After all of the stuff has been moved to the new apartment or a house, go back to the old place and check it thoroughly before you hand in the keys. Look into the remaining nooks and crannies in search of possible missed items and – this is the extremely important part – check if all the remaining devices and appliances are turned off. The last thing you need is to pay excess bills or, even worse, the insurance of the household you have just left forever.
While uprooting your entire life and changing the backdrop of your daily activities can be an extremely stressful endeavor, especially if you are anxious by nature, it can also be a chance for a new beginning, the rite of passage to the exciting tomorrow and a new arrangement filled with opportunities. In the end, it is all about perspective – the point of view can turn a deplorable situation into something inspiring or at least something you are indifferent towards. The only truly important element that should be taken out of the equation is anxiety.
Lillian Connors can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter.