The First Few Days In Your New Home in Dorset
Moving house gives you that once, twice, or a thrice-in-a-lifetime opportunity to organise and give your day-to-day life a clarifying, decluttering overhaul. Starting from scratch is one of the appealing aspects of relocating. That’s why it’s important you don’t pack and transport things you rarely or never use anymore. The next chapter in your life is one where clutter is a thing of the past.
When it comes to moving tips, you’ll find more than enough blogs that discuss how to prepare for the day of the move. Oddly enough, there’s not as much content that goes into what you should do when you arrive. That’s where we’ll be concentrating on in this article, providing some helpful information to make it easier to settle in.
Some Tips on Settling into Your New Home –
There’s no better time for getting to grips with the next chapter in your life, making it more orderly and smooth-running. You can start to lay the foundations for a new life as soon as you’re over the threshold. Of course, you’re tired after the frenzy and tension of your move and no one’s suggesting that you immediately set to work on unattainable goals like having the house in perfect order straight away.
But there’s a lot you can do straight away, without causing yourself undue exhaustion or worry. The trick is to pace yourself and have a plan of action in mind before you arrive. At Johnson’s Removals, we go to lengths to suggest and reiterate the role that preparation plays when moving to a new house or apartment. For us, this works in two stages: before the moving day and then when you arrive.
You’ll need to put in an even amount of planning for both stages to get the most out of the situation. While this sounds like more work, you’ll soon understand the benefits when things go smoothly. In fact, it’s arguable that it’s more a case of spreading action points out across a longer period, making them more manageable.
Everything Has Its Place – An Overview –
Start by giving every single item its dedicated, permanent place where it’s always accessible, and you know just where it belongs. If you’ve chosen to use the Johnson’s unpacking service, this will be a doddle. However, you’ll need to have an idea of your new property’s layout so you can plan for where things will go.
The likelihood is, you’ll visit the new location and property at least once, if not a few times. Be proactive and take some photos and videos (seek permission to do this, but it should be fine). By doing this, you can then plot out where things will go when you arrive. And it’s a great way to spark some enthusiasm by getting everyone to choose their bedrooms.
It’s also worth encouraging a direct line of communication with your seller. You can then ask them questions about their current utility providers, whether they have fibre internet, and so on. This will allow you to plan ahead and line up contact information to transfer all your details over. The more time you spend on preparing, the smoother things will go when you move in.
How to Make an Essentials Bag –
Make sure you have everything in reach to get you through the first few days – think of it as an essentials box or a survival kit. You’ll have a lot to deal with when you arrive, and it’s vital you have some quick fixes in place. It might be a good idea to look online to see what local takeaways and shops are near your new location.
In your essentials bag, you should include changes of clothes, toiletries, toothbrushes, pyjamas, snacks, water, medication, tissues, soap, hairbrushes, and toilet roll. Then there are a few other items for the rest of the house, such as a first aid kit, some cleaning supplies, dinner ingredients, and towels. Remember to include a torch or some candles just in case the electricity goes off.
There’s no need to go overboard when putting this bag together. It’s just a helping hand to save you time and hassle. You’ll have plenty of unpacking and other tasks taking up your time. So, do yourself a massive favour and have enough things to hand when you arrive and begin the mammoth undertaking of organising your new home.
Contact the Service Providers to Connect Utilities –
Make sure all your utilities are up and running and go through your inventory to make sure everything’s arrived. Give all the large appliances the once-over to be sure they’re working and make a note of anything that’s been damaged or lost in transit. If you’re responsible for installing large appliances, get professional help where necessary.
When you enter the latter stages of negotiations when bidding for the property, try and get lots of information from the seller. This should include a list of their utility providers and contact details. You’ll then be able to phone them with the most recent meter readings to initiate your account. If you plan on changing providers to match your current company, task them with the changeover duties to save time.
The Johnson’s team will be on hand to give you some prompts when it comes to connecting your utilities. Before you leave your current property, we advise listing everyone who has your personal information on file. Then, when you arrive, switch it around and replace old service providers with updated ones.
Filing Documents and Keeping Things in Order –
Your new home is the perfect chance to get correctly set up in terms of all necessary documentation. Why not scan everything, from mortgage papers to health records, and then store them on a flash drive to keep them safe? If you’ve been keeping all your files on just one pc without a backup drive, then remedy this situation once and for all by becoming backup-literate.
For years, you may have been keeping keys in a jumble of bowls or just on random surfaces. Invest in a key-tidy where every key can be returned after use. The same goes for anything that winds up in the kitchen drawers that never seem to have somewhere logical to keep them. The result is scrambling around like a headless chicken, trying to find the patio door key.
The same disarray may have affected the way you store instruction manuals and guarantees. Consequently, each time you need them, you should go through folder after folder, in the vein hope of finding them. This time, use labelled folders for all your instruction manuals. Better yet, they’re often available online in PDF form so that you could create a digital library of all your manuals.
Organise the Kitchen & Bathroom Like a Boss –
Kitchens are busy places, so the way you set everything out is crucial. Here’s your chance to do it well – keep pots and pans close to the cooker for ease of use. Then it’s a bright idea to keep the crockery, utensils, and cutlery near the dishwasher. This will give you more control over your kitchen and will make cleaning up straightforward and painless.
Next, we’ll consider how to organise food items into groups and store them accordingly. Try and think of various categories before you assign cupboard space. For things like tins of vegetables and fruit, allocate a reasonably large cupboard and include pasta, rice, and other non-perishables with a long shelf life.
Create your bathroom with a sense of logic – electrical appliances (hairdryers, electric shavers, etc) should sit on the same shelf, dental care products all go together, and medicines high up and out of children’s way. That just leaves the unpacking of clothes, books, toys, and miscellany, and if you apply the same logic as above, you’ll be well on your way to a more manageable, clutter-free life.
Declutter Once Every Other Month –
There are instances where speed is necessary, and there’s no time to waste. While it might seem prudent to get on top of things, sometimes rushing isn’t a good idea. Wherever possible, it’s important to seek balance and manageability. It’s worth remembering that life won’t afford you time off to concentrate on your relocation, and you’ll have family and work tasks that will take priority.
Johnson’s Removals suggestion is to spread the initial decluttering out over three or four weeks if possible. Decluttering often happens when we don’t’ keep on top of things. That means there’s a mountain of issues to climb and overcome and rooms bursting at the seams with boxes and containers. However, don’t slack and try and get a few tasks done per week before your move.
Set some doable deadlines and stick to them, marking them out on a calendar. Where possible, don’t put off what you can do today and put yourself in a proactive frame of mind. But keep things in perspective and don’t add to your stress. Use a moving checklist to retain focus and know where you are at. You can also utilise your phone’s calendar and set some prompts.
Once you settle into your new home, you can then set a day for each month to declutter to keep up the good work.
Johnson’s Removals – Keeping You On-Track for a Successful Relocation –
All good things come to those that plan and prepare thoroughly. We hope you can now see the benefits of preparing for your arrival. You’ll give yourself a chance of doing things at a comfortable pace, making it a more enjoyable experience with less stress. Furthermore, there’s less chance of forgetting about a crucial task and then having issues arise later.
Your moving checklist can be split into two sections for each primary stage of your relocation. This will help you organise and note things down for posterity. It will help if you create some deadlines and use a blank calendar to operate simultaneously. Before you know it, you’ll be unpacking boxes in your new home, according to a plan of action you make now.
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