Creating a Calendar to help you when moving home
Moving home is hectic, chaotic and widely renowned as one of the most stressful things you will do in your life, whether you’re packing up your room to move into a bedsit, or are moving the whole family and buying a new place, you often feel like you’re the ring master of a full scale production. Being organised is key to doing anything properly, and moving home is no different. Leaving things to the last minute will only cause you worry, stress and panic making it imperative to conduct your move with a well-regimented, scheduled approach. There are plenty of tips and tricks to keep you on track and a calendar is just one of these tools which can help ease the manic disorder surrounding moving. Create your calendarYou might have heaps of scrap paper with lists and notes which are useful but will most probably end up getting lost. Creating a formal calendar, printing it off and putting it somewhere where everyone can see it is the first step in organising your move. If you’re also making regular trips to services such as storage centres, decorating stores and the new home, it can also help to carry a notebook with you everywhere in which you can note down dates, measurements and numbers, keeping them safe. It is important to create a calendar which has plenty of space to make notes and amendments to allow for changes which are bound to happen. Having a clear representation of dates and time scales will keep everything ordered and on time. Try to create a calendar with a clear breakdown of dates and times, marking time frames such as one month, one week and the last few days can be a great help in ensuring you’re where you need to be for smoothly synchronised move. Add to your calendarIt’s important to add key dates and times to your calendar, for example; meetings, appointments and deadlines. Start by marking the move in date and work backwards as this will also help you to visualise if you’ve done enough or are running behind. As your calendar starts to take shape with important dates, you can start to fill in a guide line as to when you would like to start packing. If you are able to rent some storage space, you could clear out garages, lofts and spare rooms about a month before the date, leaving you to concentrate on the important things. You can also add to your calendar when to pack certain essentials and complete those tasks which are easy to forget, such as changing your address about five days before the move, switching off all appliances 24 hours before packing and arranging keys and safe places a few days before the big day. Finally, after you’ve made notes don’t be afraid to change dates and amend ideas as time progresses and of course, check your calendar daily, stick to it and enjoy crossing off those items. Modify your calendarThings often change whilst moving house, it could be a major setback such as a long term delay, perhaps the sale of a house has completely fallen through, even minor changes such as a change of time regarding removal men can feel like a catastrophe. With your calendar you can think clearly about any changes as you amend your schedule accordingly, add in new dates and change your calendar to fit around the realities of everyday life. Don’t be afraid to have to make changes to your schedule, and if the worse happens, your calendar will be there to help you organise whatever moving house may bring.