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12 ways to put the good times into your next move

By George Hadgelias

Moving house can be an exhausting process, filled with moments of stress and frustration – here’s how to get your groove back and make it enjoyable.

When you undertake a move, it’s not only a physical relocation—it’s a new chapter in your life, and with the right approach, it can be filled with excitement and anticipation instead of worry.

From creating an uplifting playlist to keeping snacks on hand and using reliable vehicles like the ones from Budget Trucks, here are 12 hacks to transition smoothly so you can start enjoying your new home sooner.

1. Create a moving playlist

Music has a powerful effect on our mood. Creating a playlist of uplifting, happy songs can bring a positive vibe to your move. Make it a sing-along to engage everyone and lift spirits.

2. Keep snacks on hand

Moving can be physically draining and you’ll need to refuel. Pack a cooler with plenty of snacks and drinks to keep everyone well-fed and hydrated throughout the day.

3. Plan your first takeaway meal

Before you move, research local eateries near your new home. Once you’re all moved in, order a tasty takeaway meal as a reward for your hard work.

4. Hire a reliable moving truck

Services like Budget Trucks with 181 hire locations around the country can make the moving process smoother and less stressful.

They offer a range of vehicle options to suit any move – big or small – and they’re also super easy to drive (taking even more stress out of things), and you can do so on a regular car licence.

5. Pack an “open first” box

Have a clearly labelled box with essentials like toiletries, a change of clothes, and necessary kitchen items that you’ll need right away at your new home.

This should be loaded last so it’s the first thing you can unload.

6. Declutter before moving

Moving is a great opportunity to get rid of items you no longer need, or that you want to leave behind with the chapter you’re about to close.

Decide what you want to keep, donate, sell, or throw away; there’s no use in moving items that you no longer need or want.

7. Say goodbye

Whether it’s your first rental or the pad you’ve been sharing with your bestie since you graduated university, saying goodbye to your old place can be a significant step.

It might be a walk around the neighbourhood, a last meal in your old home, or a party with friends.

8. Explore your new neighbourhood

Once you’ve moved, take some time to get to know your new surroundings. Visit local parks, scope out the local playground, check out your new walking tracks or hit up a local cafe.

The anticipation of new experiences can make your move more exciting.

9. Take breaks

Don’t rush the process. Taking short breaks to rest, relax, or just enjoy the moment can make a world of difference in your mood during the move.

10. Stay organised

Use labels, checklists, and to-do lists to keep everything organised. It will help make the unpacking process easier and less stressful.

11. Bring comforts

Have a favourite scented candle, fluffy blanket, or cosy slippers? Unpack them first in your new place. Familiar comforts can help make a new space feel like home quicker.

2. Unpack by room

Setting up your new place can feel like a big task. Take the load off by unpacking one room at a time; it can make the process seem less daunting and more achievable.

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