5 Steps to Avoiding Chaos When Moving

What the experts say about effectively moving to a new house or apartment

For many of us, moving is more chaos than control. A study by the British energy company E.ON actually shows that moving is so tough that it tops the list of life’s worst periods. For example, more than half of the respondents thought moving was worse than divorce and starting a new job.

But that does not have to be the case. We have gathered some of the best tips from well-known websites and experts, so that your moving process can be the most positive experience for the whole family.

1. Get Rid of as Much as Possible

The Hindu god Shiva says that if you own more than seven things, then things own you. Marie Kondo, who is a Japanese, world-renowned cleaning guru and TV star, believes that getting rid of things is the first step to an organized life.

The less stuff you have, the less you need to pack and unpack. Moving is a golden opportunity to give, sell, recycle and throw away the things you do not actually use. So deal with your own collection mania. You do not have to save on everything.

2. Do Not Think Room, Think Category When You Pack

Norway’s cleaning queen Synnøve Skarbø recommends that you plan the packing process well. If, instead of unpacking room by room, you pack by category, you will get a better overview. Instead of unpacking the entire living room before you start with the kitchen, unpack all the books, then all the kitchen utensils and so on.

First pack what you need in transparent plastic boxes, then you will be organized faster in your new home.

Use transparent bags for screws or small parts when dismantling furniture or other equipment. Tape the bag to the back of the item. This means that everything that belongs together is held together, and you will easily be able to screw or reassemble the object once you have put it in place.

3. Remember to Move Subscriptions and Report Change of Address 

Majoren Flyttebyrå in Oslo, one of the most widely used moving companies in Oslo, Norway, has made a moving guide where they recommend making a schedule of the entire moving process. Then you won’t end up in the back. 

For example, no later than two weeks before the moving load leaves, you should notify TV and broadband service providers that you are moving. Then you do not have to be without the internet for the first few days in a new home.

Notify your mail service to ensure that the mail is delivered to your new address.

4. Make the Moving Process a Good Experience for the Children

The well-known website HuffPost has created a complete guide for those who have a baby with them on the move. While older children can help in such a process, HuffPost recommends babysitting for young children and babies on the actual moving day, and the days leading up to it.

Moving can be stressful for children, so try to stick to daily routines as much as possible. If the children are big enough, include them in all the moving work. For example, let them pack their most important things themselves, such as toys and books, in their own boxes.

5. Remember to Bring Your Power Agreement

When I worked as a power agreement salesman, I noticed that a lot of people hadn’t given one thought to what deal they were sitting on in their new home. What often happened, is that they would get a standard deal from the most popular local company – and it would not be very cheap. 

Before you move, you must also arrange the electricity in both old and new homes. If you already have an electricity agreement that provides extra benefits such as a discount on fast charging and the like, it is important that you transfer the agreement to your new home.

Even if you do not actively choose an electricity supplier in your new home, the grid companies still have a duty to deliver. This means that you are never without power, but be aware that waiting power is something the grid companies charge very well for. If you end up with waiting power from your grid owner, the first electricity bill in a new home can be an unpleasant surprise.

We recommend that you contact your electricity supplier in good time before you move. Then you can get good advice and possibly choose an agreement that is more adapted to the needs of your new home.


Written by Geir Kristiansen

My name is Geir Kristiansen. I have the last 20 years worked in Norways biggest newspapers writing content and creating interview pieces. Writing about pretty much anything that readers find interesting. Now I work freelance! Looking forward to joining Influencive and contributing with high quality content.

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