Tips for surviving your move: before, during and after

Tips for surviving your move: before, during and after

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No matter what your circumstances, moving can be a thankless task – physically demanding, mentally taxing and emotionally draining.

There’s the lead up to the move itself – days of packing and organising, alongside the unexpected trips down memory lane as you unearth momentos from the back of cupboards.

Moving day is where all the effort comes together. A whirlwind of pulling up everything you own, putting it on a truck and transporting it across Geelong or beyond.

But it doesn’t end there. What follows is days or weeks of getting your new place set up, unpacking seemingly endless boxes, and adjusting to a new space.

Having helped with thousands of moves in and around Geelong, we’ve compiled a pretty detailed list of tips to make things flow smoothly.

1. Accept any and all help

Most people are only too happy to help out when it comes to moving – we all know how difficult it can be and how an extra pair of hands would make things so much easier. Any offers to assist should be met with a hearty exclamation of thanks.

And not just for the moving day itself. Consider getting a friend to come round for a few hours to help pack while you catch up. Or ask a fellow school mum to entertain the kids while you unpack boxes.

Just be prepared to return the favour when their turn comes.

2. Label every single box

Even a hastily scrawled “pots and pans” is better than no label at all. At least it will help you place boxes in the approximate correct room.

But to really make unpacking easier, label each box with the room it belongs in and the contents. You’ll thank yourself later.

3. Pack a box of essentials

Set aside a box and pack it with anything you might need for the first few hours after moving. In no particularly order, include:

  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Snacks and water bottles
  • Cleaning clothes and an all purpose spray
  • Universal plug
  • Chargers for your phone, tablet and laptop
  • Pillow cases and bed sheets
  • A change of clothes
  • Cutlery and picnic plates

4. Cut any other obligations that week

Take a few days off work at least – ideally the whole week. Don’t accept any social invitations on either side of your move (or at least put yourself down as a ‘Maybe’). A move is a major commitment and trying to do anything else significant will just lead to a headache (and heartache).

5. Plan for that first supermarket shop

It’ll be a big one, so make sure you’re ready for it.

6. Double-check your washing machine is connected properly

And run the first load when you’re able to check in on it. You don’t want to find out the hose isn’t plugged in after coming back from the shops to a flooded house.

7. Try to have overlap in your lease/settlement

There’s nothing like the pressure of having to move and clean in one day to get the heart rate going. But if you can avoid it at all, then do. Sure, it may cost a bit more in extra rent or mortgage payments. But knowing you have a day or two to return to your old house for those last touch ups makes it worth it.

8. Budget for professional moving help

It’s often not much more expensive than hiring a truck for the day. Plus, you don’t have the hassle of picking up and dropping off (often first thing the next day). And you can save your energy for unpacking and getting your house set up.

9. Make the bed first

Before you unpack any boxes, get your bed set up. It’ll make it worth it when you can crawl under the covers at the end of the day.

10. Know getting your new place set up is the hardest part

Give yourself a deadline to get your things unboxed and set up so you can at least live in the space. But it’ll likely take a few weeks (or more) to make your new house feel like a home.

Crichton Removals are Geelong’s expert removalists, helping to make your move go smoothly. We provide professional and affordable removal services and storage solutions in Geelong and beyond.

See also: 4 Weeks to Moving Day: A Checklist

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