For most people, moving house may be an exciting period as new experiences await. However, it can also be a very stressful period, particularly if you’ve never moved houses before.

For most people, packing without cracking under the pressure of moving is impossible. Here are a few tips to making this process as stress-free as possible.

1. De-clutter Everything

Before you start packing, work out what you want to take and what you should ditch. If you have enough time for a garage sale or to sell items on eBay or marketplace, then get to work quick smart.

Otherwise, just work out what you want to keep, throw or donate and stick to it!

There’s no sense packing, moving and keeping items you don’t want, so go a little Marie Kondo and only take what you need or what sparks joy.

2. Set a Timeline!

A common mistake most people make when it comes to moving house is underestimating the amount of time it takes to pack and or for the move itself. Instead of procrastinating and waiting until the last few days to pack, give your future self a hand and start packing early. Also, make sure you find a removalist nice and early so you can lock in your preferred moving date and can work towards that date on your timeline.

Scheduling plenty of time gives you enough space to pack at a slow and steady pace, which helps with managing anxiety and stress. For example, if you are a very busy person or you have many things to pack, you should give yourself at least a week or so to pack. Do your best to clear your calendar during this period and see if you can get a little help from your nearest and dearest if you have a lot to pack.

3. To Pack or to Outsource?

If you’ve decided to do the packing yourself, find a way to make it enjoyable. Pop some music on and relax into the process, but try not to stop for too many trips down memory lane if you’re in a hurry.

Make sure you’ve reinforced any boxes with tape that will be carrying heavy items like books or crockery and ensure that you’ve labelled the boxes well so you know which rooms the removalists should put them in to make unpacking a bit easier.

If you really hate packing or don’t have enough time, just remember the option is available to outsource your packing to a professional company or a removalist company who offers that service.

4. Notify Everyone

Make sure you get in contact with anyone or any company who needs to know about your move. This needs to happen prior to the big moving day so you have your utilities and internet connection at your new place, and let them know when to disconnect at your old place.

Make a list of everyone you need to notify and prioritise who you’re going to contact and when as this process can take some time.

Perhaps consider getting a postal redirect too so you get any mail directed to your new place rather than having it accumulate or be thrown out at the old address.

5. Clean Everything or Book an Exit Cleaner!

A clean slate means you should clean your old place and clean your new place. But if you have to prioritise cleaning only one, make sure you clean your old place as soon as you’ve moved your stuff out so you can get your bond back from the real estate agent or landlord.

You don’t want to end up having to fight with them to get your bond back. So organising a thorough end of lease clean will ensure you have the highest chance of getting your full bond back as quickly as possible.

Whether or not you will get your full bond back will depend a lot on the condition you leave the property in. Unfortunately, end of lease cleaning is the least exciting part of moving out as it involves a lot of work to get it done right.

The bigger the property is, the more time and effort you have to put in when cleaning. But there’s already so much to do when you move houses, so don’t wear the burden by yourself. The good news is you can rely on professional exit cleaners to help take the load off you.

An ‘end of lease cleaner’, ‘exit cleaner’, or ‘bond back cleaner’ as they are also known, is a professional who deals with real estate agents all the time and knows what they look for. A Melbourne exit cleaner can take away mountains of stress by getting a full clean done in as quick a timeframe as possible.

Bond back cleaners often guarantee that you will get your bond back and there will be no delays because the property isn’t at the cleanliness standard it’s meant to be at. Obviously, they guarantee a high level of cleaning, but when it comes to repairs, that is something you’ll need to arrange by yourself. If the carpet or blinds are damaged, then you can look for repairers or accept that you may lose a portion of your bond for the cost of the repairs.

6. Unpack as Soon as You Can

If you can, it’s best to start unpacking right away or you might find yourself still with hidden boxes and missing items two years later. Use the momentum from the move to keep you going until you’re free of every last box.

If you’ve done your packing right, every box will be clearly labelled, in the right room and filled only with things you want, so it’s just a matter of taking it out and putting it where it belongs. This will help you settle into your new home and get on with the process of living.