If you’ve moving house soon you might be dreading that day or two of packing, moving, losing things, flimsy boxes and misplaced keys.
It doesn’t matter how wonderful your new home is going to be – there’s a reason moving house is at the top of many people’s ‘most dreaded tasks’ list.
With that in mind, we’ve tracked down a few experts from Your Property Wizard which include a team of mortgage advisors in Glasgow – and asked them to share some of their secrets to help the rest of us keep our sanity!
“Eat some of your packing!” – Andy from Birmingham
If you’ve got a couple of weeks before you move, you might want to try whittling the cupboard and freezer contents down so you’re not moving a ton of tins, frozen goods and the packets of cous-cous you keep promising to eat.
Make a big list of everything you’ve got and consider using a website like Supercook.com to create some recipes with the stuff you’ve got in the house. While there might be a few packs of lentils that don’t look appealing, there’ll hopefully be a couple of tubs of ice cream that it also makes sense to eat!
And if there’s anything you really can’t work into a recipe, consider giving it to your local foodbank to support people who are struggling in your area.
“Bin bag your clothes” – Susan from Glasgow
Don’t despair if you’ve just done a load of ironing – Susan’s tip doesn’t involve stuffing otherwise wearable clothes into bags – instead, it’s about channelling your inner dry-cleaner and using some polythene bags to cover everything.
You can buy professional clothes covers online – but if time and money are both tight, using large black bin bags is just as effective.
Open a bin bag, make a small hole at the bottom centre and slide it downwards over your clothes while they’re still on hangers. You can poke the hangers through the hole so they still hang up. What’s more, fastening a tie-wrap around the hangers gives a hand hold too!
You then don’t have to worry about clothes getting dirty or falling off their hangers – and you can hang them straight back up again at the other end!
Oh, and if you’ve got long coats or dresses – no problem, grab a roll of wheelie bin liners from the supermarket for extra length!
“Colour code your chargers and cables” – Eric from Newcastle
Life is increasingly electronic – which means it can be difficult to live without the masses of chargers than we use daily to charge our devices.
This can be a problem when you’re moving house – because if there’s one thing worse than a handful of tangled chargers, it’s not knowing what the cables are for or where they belong in the house!
Joking aside, it can actually be dangerous mixing up cables too – some devices (like laptops and power tools) draw a higher voltage through their cables – which can cause damage or fires if mistakenly plugged into something designed to take a lower current.
Grab some sticky labels and mark each of your chargers – if there’s a dozen that have come out of a teenager’s room – just mark them with a name, sometimes reassembling of X-boxes and Playstations is best left to the experts…
“Protect your bed!” – Gavin from Somerset
Moving-house is tiring work. When you eventually flop into bed at 1am the last thing you need is to be trying to clean dust and ‘back of the van’ muck off your mattress.
Rather than trying to clean, you can avoid the problem altogether by picking up a couple of cheap fitted sheets or mattress protectors.
When you’ve stripped your bedding, pull the sheets around both sides of your mattress and that’s it! You’re protected against all the bumps and brushes against the floors and walls your beloved bed will be making as you try to heave it out of the van and up some stairs…
“Stop the doors from closing behind you” – Jane from Cardiff
What’s worse than trying to juggle a flimsy cardboard box full of crockery? The answer? Trying to get it through a door that’s just clicked shut in front of you…
There are plenty of times when leaving a door open just doesn’t work – especially if you’ve got kids and pets you’d like to keep in the house. What’s more, doors often have self-closing or latch-locking mechanisms, which means they’ll click shut behind you, locking you out or making it hard to get back in.
Propping doors open with heavy bags can be dangerous – especially when you’re carrying boxes and can’t see where you’re going – so instead, just stop the door from full closing. You can do this by hanging a jacket or towel on the corner so it doesn’t click back into the frame – or even stretching a couple of elastic bands around the handles to stop the catch popping out.
There you go! Doors that keep the precious things in – but open with a well-placed shoulder or bottom push!
“Pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen” – Jon from Camden
If you can get into your house before you arrive with boxes, cleaning the bathroom and the kitchen can save a LOT of time compared to trying to set about them with a scrubbing brush when your stuff is in there.
Even when houses have been cleaned, people often like to make sure it’s up to their standard before they run themselves a bath or start preparing food.
Take the chance to do a thorough clean before you start stacking plates and filling cupboards.
“Mix breakables and clothes” – Shauna from Manchester
It’s almost inevitable that you’ll chip a glass, plate or cup when you’re moving – but you can almost totally eliminate those very heavy and fragile boxes by mixing breakables with soft clothing.
Why not half fill a case – before putting a few glasses or plates in there? Carry on packing clothes around it and you’re creating extra padding without needing to invest a huge rolls of bubble wrap!
Just remember that there are fragile items in there before you go tipping a pile of clothes out onto the floor to sort!