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Eagle-eyed readers of Daisybutter will know that it’s all change here at Chez Chai.
Not only are Harvey and I hoping to buy our very own home next year, my parents are also downsizing the family home. It’s all a bit manic but I’m hoping to keep things under control, particularly as I work from home and it’s pretty crucial that I don’t just let my world be overtaken by boxes galore!
I’ve moved a few times in my life. First, when we moved from my childhood home and Mum let us each pack one box of our best treasures. I packed my Polly Pockets, hardback Disney books, a Blush Art set and countless Barbie dolls. Next, when I left for University and managed to forget my pillows. I packed according to a list my cousin had given me, which was almost completely useless. Then for Hong Kong (and back), the move of my life in which I had a 23kg suitcase and carry-on to transport my life.
Without further ado, these are my tips when preparing to move…
Hire some help
It’s tempting to attempt to do everything yourself, when it comes to actually moving. After all, you’ve already paid fees to several individuals, deposits, initial down payments and possibly even forked out for new furniture and decorations in a bubble of excitement. From experience, hiring a man with a van absolutely helps to alleviate stress on the day of completing.
Shiply.com will be our go-to destination when we eventually move. When it comes to removal companies, Shiply’s unique online service allows you to request quotes from more than 100,000 transport providers and you’ll receive a custom quote depending on what you need. You’re likely to get up to 75% off a standard rate, and all you have to worry about is making sure those boxes are packed in time.
Organise as you go
I can’t be alone in this, but I’ve been thinking of how perfectly organised our new place will be for weeks. All of our paperwork in one place instead of scattered amongst three drawers, our cables in one box so we never have to do the 1% dash, the ‘miscellany’ drawer of doom empty because everything is where it’s supposed to be…
It remains to be seen whether or not we manage to keep to that level of tidiness, but it’s good to try.
When I moved back to England from Hong Kong, I needed to ship several boxfuls of things due to the fact I’d set myself up in a cosy apartment, furnished and decorated within an inch of its life. And to keep myself organised, I packed and organised at the same time. Rather than empty the contents of a drawer into a box and taping it shut, I popped my cables in one place, soft furnishings in another, etc. This way, you can also begin to work out what you can throw out, what you may need to replace and which items belong in each room.
Create an inventory of your monthlies
One of the most frustrating tasks when it comes to moving is making sure all of your t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted. In other words, ensuring you somewhat seamlessly switch over or cancel subscriptions, providers, bill addresses and more.
Harvey and I have picked up a selection of the kikki.K binders that’ll live in the study/spare room to help us with this process and handily are both living with our parents, so have almost no details to switch. This ‘Important Documents’ one will be especially handy to keep paperwork at bay.
However what I found helpful in Hong Kong was to create a list about 2-3 months ahead of moving, noting down any regular transactions or outgoings that I was making so I’d be able to tick everything off prior to the move or fix it once I’d gone.