(I was remiss in not noting when I first posted this that these tips are my mum's and I am re-learning their importance. Mum is the moving Queen! When they move, they have everything clean, in place and unpacked by no later than the next day, and normally on actual moving day. And she never seems flustered or stressed about it - just busy. I love you mum - you're my hero!)
1. If you can afford it, hire a removalist and/or cleaner. I dream of moving this way one day :-)
2. Start early! No matter how organised you are, and how clean you think your house is, it will take longer than you think to get it all packed and clean. I'd recommend starting everything a week earlier than you think you need to. Even if you're all done early, a quick dust/wipe is much easier and quicker than a full clean.
- Redirecting your mail
- Arranging for your utilities to be turned off/on
- Paying the bills in advance
5. Invest in good packing materials. There are lots of places where you can get free boxes (eg. Bunnings, supermarkets, recycle dumpsters), but it's really worth making sure you have good, strong boxes and that you fill them completely. When you stack the boxes up you don't want them collapsing, or worse, spilling their contents everywhere! Try to get ones that are the same dimensions so that they stack neatly - it'll make your job on moving day that much easier.
And don't forget the tape! If you can afford it, buy a good tape dispenser (don't get a cheap one - they're not worth it). But definitely buy the good quality tape. It sticks to the boxes better and basically keeps everything much more secure.
You will also need a marker or two. I got a little crazy this time and bought coloured markers. I used a different colour for each room/area then stacked my boxes in room piles. I'm hoping it'll make it easier at the other end but it's probably just me being overly organisational :-D
Also, don't forget to write exactly what's in your boxes and the room it is for. Writing "SHED" and "Tools" is probably not going to be especially helpful if you have 10 boxes of "Tools" and you're specifically looking for your battery drill so that you can get the beds together and the kids are screaming because they're completely exhausted.
6. Use quality cleaning products. It's worth purchasing good cleaning products because they make the job go so much quicker and with much less elbow grease. I highly recommend:
- Good quality microfibre cloths. I especially love the ones that are designed for glass because they work with just water and they don't leave fluff everywhere.
- Liquid sugar soap is awesome for cleaning ceilings and walls. If you have a flat mop (the ones with the removable pads), use that to make the job quicker and easier.
- Magic Erasers - these things really are awesome and work on almost all marks that I've tried. You do need to be a bit careful though because they sometimes remove the paint so make sure you test them out (try inside the cupboard - scuff marks perhaps) first.
- Clean sheets for each of the beds
- Clean towels
- The kettle and hot drink items (tea, coffee, sugar, milk - small UHT cartons can come in handy here, mugs, teaspoon/s)
- Things for breakfast (toaster, bread, plates, butter, knife, spread/s, and/or cereal, milk - again UHT is the go if you won't have a way of keeping your milk very cold, bowl/s, spoon/s)
- Anything else you need straight away even if you don't unpack any other boxes (for example, we'll need our curtains and rods at our new place)