Recently my mum has sold her house and moved to the countryside – she’s the least ‘country’ kind of person you could imagine. She’s now fully embracing long Sunday walks with the dog & going to farmers markets… Who even is she?! Although I must admit I’m jealous as she lives right next to a field of sheep and opposite of field of horses. The move has taken her from a 3 bed semi-detached house to a 2 bed lodge across one floor, so there’s been quite a lot of de-cluttering going down. She was helped by having man and van hire in London at hand to help out during the move.
A lot of the clutter is mine, as when I moved out years ago I left a lot of stuff due to space issues, and then over the years, I have been hiding all the junk there. Because of this, it was only right that I helped to de-clutter and pack up for the impending move, including putting some in a self storage centre, which is where these tips came in…
Have A Plan
It seems so obvious, right? But when it comes down to it most of us forget the planning and just jump straight in, then wonder why it’s all gone a bit wrong. I find it helpful to have a spreadsheet/notepad with a timeline of tasks on, so for example on Monday it would be packing the bathroom up, then Tuesday the bedrooms.
It’s best to start with the rooms you need the least, so we started with the dining room, then the garage and the spare bedrooms. There’s no use packing the kitchen up 3 weeks in advance as you’ll likely need to use things in there in the meantime.
Don’t forget things like informing companies of a change of address, I found checklists like this one from Which were really helpful.
Don’t Be Too Sentimental
Like Marie Kondo says ‘if it doesn’t spark joy then bin it’ – OK, I paraphrased a bit there. But, she has a point; when packing up it’s easy to find things long forgotten and suddenly get a bit too sentimental about it. Do you really need that birthday card from 8 years ago? How about the box full of junk from exes? NOPE.
You kind of have to be brutal, but it’s a good thing in the end. As I had a lot of stuff at my mums that I was storing I had to be especially brutal, which meant donating those clothes that were 3 dress sizes too small that I was ‘going to slim into’. It meant getting rid of that box of mascaras that were long out of date but I was saving for blog photos… I’ll be on an episode of hoarders soon, just you wait.
Don’t Forget The Removals
Surprisingly the one thing we forgot to do was find removal companies, which resulted in several trips from old home to new in the car – not a great cost saver. Make sure to research the companies thoroughly, as you’re trusting them with your worldly goods after all. As soon as you have an exchange/moving date make sure to enquire with your chosen removal company and book the date provisionally as we all know that exchange days can change.
Obviously moving was still stressful, but that was mostly down to solicitors and not the actual packing and moving part of things. If you have a clear plan and set out to do everything with plenty of time then there should be no worries… Unless you have cats and they escape their cage whilst you’re on the motorway driving, somethings you can’t plan for I guess.