When it comes to moving, the order and organization of your everyday life tends to fall apart. No matter how much you want to keep those cogs turning and not let the process affect your daily routine, it’s often just not possible. Unless you have bionic organisation skills that is. You have to stop work, you have to stay up late and you’ll probably be losing sleep due to an overactive brain too.
Sound familiar? If you’re clever about how you do things, you can actually get through the move quite easily and painlessly. The best part of all? It doesn’t really have to affect your kitchen which, obviously, is the best room in the house because it’s where the biscuit tin lives. So, let’s take a look at what you need to do to keep your kitchen running when you’re embarking on an exciting move.
Just like a holiday, packing is a pivotal task that can be the making or the breaking of your move. Making sure that you really segment things down will help reduce stress and ensure there is more method than madness on the run up to the big day. So do cutlery, crockery, pans, trays, and everything all separately. And label well. Even stack your boxes so that you know what you need to move first and unpack first. If you want to, you can even put together a box that has all of your basic essentials in and transport it yourself so you don’t have to wait to get started.
Get your priorities in order
Next, you need to make your priorities clear. Don’t be afraid to turn the diva dial up to maximum in this instance.Tell your removalist (if that’s even a word) which boxes need to be loaded in which order. That way, you can make sure that everything is unloaded without chaos and you can ensure everything is where it should be. At the same time, make sure that you’ve already been over to the new place and that you’ve got everything organized that end so that you can unpack or at least store your boxes as soon as they arrive at their destination.
Plan your design beforehand
If you’re anything like me, the decor or your kitchen is going to come way before anything sensible like appliances and basic ingredients so it’s important to start thinking about this well ahead of the big move. Whether you want to go with a rustic, cosy kitchen or something more minimal and modern, get your designs picked out beforehand so that you can recreate the right aesthetic and get the room up and running as soon as possible. You don’t want to go making any hasty Pantone decisions now do you.
Food prep like your life depended on it…
…because your life really does depend on it. Unfortunately, the human can’t conveniently survive without being fed for a few days just because your new kitchen isn’t quite Pinterest-ready yet (a flaw in biology if you ask me) so a huge part of keeping your kitchen running is still being able to eat. So before the big day, make sure you’ve prepared some make ahead meals so you don’t end up hungry (and hangry) during the move. If you happen to have a working oven or even just a fridge and a microwave in place, you’ll be good to go even without a full kitchen in place.
Get your orders in in good time
Finally, for any new appliances or anything else that you’re going to want to kit your new kitchen out with, I’d always recommend ordering them ahead of time. In an ideal world, you’ll want to time their arrival seamlessly with your move so that your kitchen can be finished and up and running for when you move in. We stupidly ordered our freezer a few days after moving in and believe me, a week without Potato Smilies is not a week I want to relive.
If you have any tips of your own that I might have missed off, feel free to add ’em in in the comments below!