Moving is said to be one of the most stressful experiences you can go through – but it doesn’t have to be, insists professional organiser Vicky Silverthorn.

She promises that if you’re super-organised, the stress of moving is massively reduced, explaining: “Feeling on top of your move is the key to reducing stress levels. It doesn’t have to be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do.

1. Create a moving folder

Silverthorn strongly advises creating a moving folder containing all the information connected to the move, either digitally or on paper, as soon as you know you’re moving. “I couldn’t have moved home without my moving folder,” she admits.

“There’s so much paperwork to keep on top of – you do all your research and get quotes from moving companies, emails from estate agents, important dates, and you need it all in one place, so you can put your hands on things when you need them.”

2. Ask for boxes early

If you’re booking a removals company, ask them to deliver some boxes, packing paper and tape early, so you can start packing items you don’t think you’ll use before the move. “A lot of people want to feel like they’re getting on top of things early,” says Silverthorn. “I’d probably start doing it as soon as I knew the move was happening, but it would be useful to have a garage or somewhere you could store those items. I wouldn’t do it if it meant boxes were hanging around my house for the next two or three months.”

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3. Take measurements

Silverthorn advises movers take measurements, such as the size of curtains for the new house, the size of spaces for furniture and white goods, well before moving day. “Often, when you move into a new property, the layout is different, so there’s a lot to think about,” she stresses.

4. Don’t order too much before you move

Ideally, don’t order too much furniture before you move into a new property, Silverthorn advises. “People get very excited and start to order things, and items soon pile up in their old house. I believe you’ve got to settle in, before you see exactly what you need,” she says.

5. Declutter well in advance

Declutter your old home as soon as you can, but remember, it doesn’t have to be done in one go. “You don’t have to do a whole room in a day, or a whole house in a weekend,” stresses Silverthorn. “You can chip away at it, if you have the time, rather than leaving it until the last minute and cramming it in. If you start gently, when you know you’re moving, you can get through it in a much less stressful way.”

6. Label properly

Silverthorn says it’s common for removals teams to put boxes in the wrong rooms, but a simple way to avoid this is to make sure that when boxes are labelled, they correspond to the room both in the old property and the new one. “You can can put Post-it notes on the doors in the new and old properties,” she suggests. “Correct labelling is a basic thing to do, and makes a lot of difference.

“If there are items you might need between moving from one house and unpacking in the next, make sure you know roughly what’s in the boxes, rather than them just saying ‘kitchen’ or ‘bathroom’. The last thing you want to be doing is searching through 25 kitchen boxes for dog snacks.”

7. Prioritise which rooms to unpack first

It’s a good idea to think about which rooms you should unpack first, rather than just unpacking bits here and there. Silverthorn suggests the kitchen and any children’s rooms should be first. “Think about which room you’re going to unpack, rather than just diving into every room and chipping away,” she advises. “Unpacking a room properly and methodically is key.”