Blog Post Friday 01 July 2016
It’s said that moving house is one of the most stressful life events (no. 3 behind death and divorce apparently).
Having moved 7 times in the last decade (including 3 international moves), here’s a couple of things I’ve learned that you don’t normally see on “moving tips” lists…
It’s a great way to get through the contents of your pantry and freezer, use up those half opened bottles of sauce.
It also gives you the opportunity to get really creative with your menu and have your own Masterchef Mystery Box challenge.
It’s also become my tradition to trundle out the boxes marked for donation, and give my friends first crack at the items. Just make sure you take out anything they might have given you!
Once I was moving into temporary accommodation for a couple of months and I didn’t want to have to unpack and repack so I packed my things in those large plastic storage boxes instead. It was a fantastic idea because :
- You can start putting things away in the tubs in advance.
- The clear nature means you can see where you’ve put everything
- You can keep the items in the tubs at the other end while you wait for the furniture to arrive, and some things can stay in there permanently without worrying about items getting wet or boxes being damaged.
I’m known as the ziplock bag lady - i love them in all sizes, particularly for:
Cables, chargers, remotes
When you unplug your tv, coil up the cables and shove them in a ziplock together with the remote. The 1st time I moved, my remote got separated somehow and we didn’t find it for months. Call it a first-world problem, but it’s really hard to channel surf when you have to get up and walk to the TV!
It may sound strange, but I store my shoes in ziplock bags. It means that at the other end I can find both sides quickly, and if you pack them together in a storage tub then you’ve got an instant shoe cupboard!
By the time you get to moving day, and everything has arrived, you are probably an emotionally drained exhausted wreck who just wants to lie down.
I’ve made it a point to pack a small case of clothes, toiletries etc that would keep me going for 2-3 days. It just means that you don't have to worry about tackling your boxes for a couple of days while you get settled.
And also if your truck is late there’s less of a panic.
This is really my personal preference and I know not everyone agrees. There was a time when I moved 3 times in 3 years, and got sick of hauling boxes of books, CDs and DVDs. I decided to digitise everything, storing all my music and movies in a hard drive, and even moving to ebooks (I still keep my favourite books on the shelf but everything new is in e-book form)
It’s been a great space saver - especially for international moves where they charge by the volume - and I can find everything easily. And it means I can bring 6 books on holiday without sacrificing any luggage space.
Just make sure you back up regularly!
And of course the last thing you want to deal with are your connections - all energy companies will be able to help you move your electricity and gas connection and most will do this for free! Just let them know where you are going and what your move in date is, and they’ll look after the rest! That’s one less thing to worry about!
What do you think? Have you tried any of these ideas or do you have any tips of your own to share? Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a line on our facebook page!
About the author:
Priscilla has finally unpacked that last box and is getting used to staying put for a bit in the Click Energy marketing department. She continues to use her trusty storage tubs (especially for shoes) and is ready to move at any time!
Her moving journey: London | Singapore | Los Angeles | Singapore | Sydney | Melbourne | Singapore | Melbourne