Get a move on: How to move house…

This is the first DIY post for 2012, so I thought it fit that I give some tips for moving.  If only it was so easy…

If only moving was this easy!

Moving house can be extremely stressful and emotional.  Believe me…I know. I am about to move for the 17th time in 9 years.

By now I should be able to do this with my eyes closed but it is different every time.  I have sort of developed a system which naturally progressed over the years.  Here are a few pointers I hope you’ll find helpful:

  1. Prepare.  Make lists of what you’ll need like boxes, koki’s, buff tape, newspaper etc.  Start collecting them a few days before you plan to start packing.  Get boxes from your local grocery store.
  2. Involve the family.  A friend of mine, Stacey Holland, told me about her nomadic childhood. The one thing she really loved about moving is that her parents got them involved in the process.  So it really became an adventure, choosing paint colours, decorating and meeting new friends.
  3. Work room by room.  Draw a mental map of your existing home and what you need to prioritise first.  Decide which room you will pack first and stick to the plan.
  4. Work out a system. Try a colour coded system to mark boxes which you will need to unpack first at your new home.  Use coloured sheets of paper and write on it exactly what is in the box.  For example: Mark the bathroom box in red and write on the sheet:

Work out a colour-coded system

Note: Be sure to stick the paper sheets to the front of the boxes so when they are stacked you can easily see what is in there.

4. Make sure fragile stickers are clearly visible.  Nothing is worse than opening a box and finding the salad bowl you inherited from Gran in pieces!

5. Pack a separate box of needs for moving day.

List of needs for moving day



Tea or Coffee





Toiletries (Don’t Forget the Toothpaste!)

Money coins and notes

Toilet Rolls

Light Bulbs

Small Tool Kit



Pen and Paper

A few pieces of basic cutlery, crockery, can opener. You may fancy a takeaway on your first time at your new property

Keys, car etc

First Aid Kit

Cleaning aids (cloths, cleaners, etc)

This is just an example.  You can customise your list according to your needs.

6. Unpack!  I like to unpack as soon as we get to the new house.  Keep the momentum and try to unpack one box at a time.  Pace yourself and don’t overexert yourself.  I’ll even go as far as decorating some rooms on our first night!!

7. Change your address.  Contact your bank, insurance companies etc to change your address as soon as you can.

These are just a few tips that make moving easier for me.  Try to make the new house a home as soon as possible.  Hang up some pictures and pack out familiar things in your rooms so the kids feel at home immediately.

Moving is an adventure.  It is an opportunity to meet new and interesting people.  It also forces you out of your comfort zone and it is a chance to start over and try new things!  Come on, get a move on!

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4 thoughts on “Get a move on: How to move house…

  1. Kim Jansen says:

    What really great tips Lizl. thanks

  2. Thank you Lizl! Will put these tips to great use in the month of FEB. 😀 p.s. welcome back to blogworld, been missing your posts! 😉

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