- Top accessory: another pair of hands.
- Top stress buster: shelve all work deadlines for at least a week.
- Big question: would it be more fun not moving?
We have moved house over 12 times in the last two decades. Five of the moves have been with three children and a dog and, of those five, two have been international.
We are not known for logistical finesse but our moves have stockpiled some knowledge. Here are a few top tips.
- Move your head/heart first.
- Get rid of ‘stuff’ months before – old clothes; broken clocks; shoes that don’t fit; out-of-date cooking ingredients; abandoned toys …
- Set yourself a budget for the move. The cost of lampshades, light bulbs, storage boxes and tissues all adds up.
- Sort out communication systems for the new home before you get there.
- Make sure you know how much storage space there will be at the next address. Is there a loft? Is there a garage that doesn’t leak?
- If you have a good moving firm to help let them do all the packing that way if they break the Lurpak toast rack they will have to replace it.
- Check that the removals lorry, or your own overloaded transport, can get to both properties and warn the neighbours of the dates of any move.
- If your feng shui depends on having a piece of furniture at a certain grid reference make sure you can get it there – door frames come in different sizes and stairs aren’t as bendy as they look.
- Boxes can get heavy fast so if you are doing the packing keep checking the weight and, for an A*, label each box with contents and the room it should be headed for.
- Finally, keep kettle and bedding in sight – hot liquids and the chance of sleep equal survival.
Good luck! Oh, and … always love thy neighbour …