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Moving home is often associated with lots of packaging, planning and also arguing. However, if you live on your own then it can actually be even more difficult because all of the responsibility is placed on you.

If you live an independent lifestyle then you’re probably accustomed to making all of your own important decisions, but there are so many components when it comes to moving home that you’re bound to forget one thing or another. In order to make the entire process easier for you, here are a couple of ways to make moving home on your own a breeze.

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Declutter your home

Packing up your belongings can take a while if you have a lot of clutter. The first thing to do is clear out all the clutter. Anything that you don’t need needs to be thrown out or else it will follow you like a stray cat to your new home. Don’t carry waste with you because not only does it increase the overall weight of your packed bags and boxes, but it also forces you to use up more space in your new home. Clean out your house, empty all the drawers and get rid of things that you don’t need. This will make it a hundred times easier to move in the future because you won’t need to carry around so many boxes, and it helps to keep your belongings organized so you don’t lose anything in your boxes.

Carry a separate bag for daily essentials

If you’ve got a complicated skincare routine or just love being organized (who doesn’t?) then make sure you pack a separate bag full of your daily essentials. Skincare creams, make-up, medication, toothbrush and paste… the list can go on! Anything that you need on a daily basis should be packed in this bag alongside a spare change of clothes and toiletries. This is especially important if you’ve spent the whole day moving and carrying boxes. The last thing you want to do is unpack all of your belongings, so kick up your feet, relax and pretend you’re on holiday by just relying on your daypack.

Have you shopped around for moving quotes?

Unless you have a vehicle that’s capable of carrying all of your belongings, you’ll want to shop around for the best quote from movers. Prices can vary drastically so it’s important to look at various sites to determine what will be the cheapest and most efficient. You can click here if you want to find out more about movers and to calculate a sample quote. You also have the option of asking friends and family to help, but only if they’re willing to lend you a vehicle of theirs.

Don’t forget your emotions

Moving can be an emotional time especially if you’re living on your own. Make sure you spend plenty of time with close friends and family members that you’ll be leaving behind because you might not be able to see them for a while. Even if you’re just moving across town or a few streets down, you’ll be experiencing some drastic changes that could ultimately change your entire life. In times like this, it’s nice to have someone to talk to.

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I have to say- I adore my month-of wedding coordinator. Tabitha Roberts, aside from having one of my favorite names, is covering all the details on my big day that’ll drive me crazy. I opted to do day-of (really month-of) coordination which includes:

  • Orchestrating vendor walk through one month prior to wedding
  • Collaboration with vendors on floor plans, setup, and time lines
  • Being the point of contact for vendors and family on wedding day
  • Coordinating your rehearsal before the big day
  • Unlimited hours with our Coordinator and assistant on the wedding day

I didn’t really need a wedding planner, per say, but she’ll definitely been needed so I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off… at least more than I need to be.

Between being in two weddings without a coordinator start over and hour late and having one awesome coordinator actually sew myself and the other bridesmaids into our dresses when all of our zippers broke, I’ve seen how valuable the extra help can be. There is no getting away from the fact that an expert wedding planner can relieve some stress of planning your wedding. But let’s also not forget that the elimination of stress does cost some extra money. So as lovely as that might be, it isn’t always going to be a luxury that we can all afford. You may be on a budget that is pretty tight or like to plan an organize most things yourself. If so, then there are a few lessons we can learn from the professionals when it comes to planning a wedding.

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Give Yourself Plenty of Time

If you’re going to be doing it yourself, then you need to allow plenty of time to get things done. You’ll have your regular job to contend with, whereas planning your wedding would be the full-time job of a professional. Around eight months should be plenty, but a year can be the ideal time to get all of the plans in place.

Be Prepared To Negotiate

Your wedding is your wedding. But for wedding vendors, it is merely a transaction. So when it comes to planning, it can help to see things as a business transaction too. Which is why being savvy and negotiating can be a good way to get the best deal. If you don’t want certain elements that the photographer is offering, then ask for something else or just have the price reduced. Be prepared to negotiate so that you only end up with the things that you want.

Get Help When Needed

Some elements will need some professional help. So don’t be afraid to ask for it (just be prepared to negotiate when you do). Looking for a reception venue can often bring with it some wedding organizers to help plan things for the day. So work with them and make sure that they have a clear idea of how you want things to look and work on the day.

Spend Money Wisely

The cost of weddings can spiral out of control if you let it. So it is a good idea to plan carefully and spend wisely. It could be a good idea to get a specific wedding credit card that will allow you to earn cash back or air miles for your honeymoon, for example. You’re going to be spending the money anyway. So you may as well get some extras for your sending, right?

Read The Fine Print

A professional is going to be the person reading through the contracts all for you. Which is why you need to make sure that you are checking all of the fine print if you decide to go it alone. You might be signing away hidden costs or extras if you don’t check on this kind of thing. As has been said, your wedding is just a business transaction for vendors. So check the details of everything, including (even though it will be the last thing on your mind) things like cancellation policies.

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Your wedding is one of the biggest, most memorable days of your life. And while that is obviously exciting, it means there’s an enormous amount of stress and pressure to get it right. Even the calmest and laid back woman can turn into bridezilla with a wedding on the horizon, and so it’s important to do what you can to keep stress to a minimum. Here are a few ways you can do exactly that!

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Start Early

Once you’re engaged, chances are you will be keen to get the wedding set up. However, trying to get everything done within a short space of time will make it all much more difficult. If you want to enjoy the process and get things done with as little stress as possible, give yourself more time. Book the wedding for a year away instead of six months, or eighteen months away instead of a year. In the grand scheme of things, those six months won’t make a difference when you’ve been happily married for years. But in the here and now, you have more chance to save, plan and get the details right. Your first step would be to set the date, that way you know exactly how much time you’re working with. And then start making arrangements right away, even if it’s just research to begin with. You will want to view portfolios and read reviews from your vendors. You will want to start researching different styles of wedding dresses, or maybe start a health and fitness regime, so you feel your very best on the big day. Starting early gives you more opportunities to decide exactly what you want, to get things booked up and change your mind on different ideas if necessary.

Go All Inclusive

You already have a million things to do when it comes to planning your wedding. Buying rings, the dress, practicing your first dance, working out seating arrangements and everything else. So instead of giving yourself more things to do, why not look into all-inclusive wedding packages? That way your venue, the food, DJ and music, cake, centerpieces and all of the personnel are taken care off. It can be a huge weight off your mind, and you know that everything will be beautifully executed with no additional hassle to you. On the day of your wedding, you can focus on getting yourself ready and enjoying the experience without worrying about arranging additional things.

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Go Online

Wedding stationery is expensive. Writing out and posting hundreds of invitations (along with all of the other pieces of stationery you need to send for a wedding) can be a big use of time and money. In this modern day in age, everything is done online so why not take advantage of this? If you set up a wedding website you can provide guests with everything they need, without having to send out multiple pieces of paper. You could include your wedding venue details and the time of each event. A map and directions to get there, your gift list, table plans and anything else you’d like to include. There are free wedding website templates you can use online which make the process so much quicker and easier for you.

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When it comes to planning your wedding, it’s far too easy to end up in a stressed out mess. This is because there’s a lot more to wedding planning than meets the eye – there’s so much to plan for and think about, organizing a wedding is by no means an easy task. The problem is that you want to ensure that your wedding day is perfect in every way, which means that you end up putting yourself under a lot of stress.

While it’s natural that you should want your wedding day to be perfect in every way, it’s important to try and stress less so that you are able to enjoy planning your big day. Yes, wedding planning can be stressful, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be. Stress can impact your ability to think clearly and keep on top of things, which means if you become stressed, you are more likely to end up forgetting to do something.

With that in mind, below are some tips and ideas for stressing less, so that you can plan the most amazing wedding.

Give yourself plenty of time

When it comes to wedding planning, one of the worst things that you can do is book a date for your big day that’s too soon. Weddings take a lot of planning, which means that you need to leave yourself enough time to get everything organised. Otherwise, you are not only going to make the process harder, but you are also going to put yourself under more stress. So, it’s a good idea to give yourself at least a year to plan your big day, as that way you won’t be putting yourself under too much pressure and will have plenty of time to get every last detail sorted.

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Invest in a wedding planning book

The key to keeping sane when wedding planning is investing in a wedding planning book. These books might be a little expensive but they are incredibly useful, and so, are worth the investment. You will find that all of the best wedding planning books have week by week lists of things that you need to organize in the lead up to your big day, making the planning process much simpler and less stressful. It’s amazing how much easier planning a wedding is when you have a tick list of weekly tasks to follow. If a wedding planning book isn’t enough, then why not consider hiring a professional wedding planner to help you get your big day organized? Yes, having a wedding planner will cost you, but if it means that you get the help and support that you need, it’s worth the cost, isn’t it?

Don’t sweat the small stuff

If you want to stay as calm as possible when it comes to wedding planning, you need to learn how to let the small issues go. If you get upset about every little problem, you will end up in a stressed out mess by the time your wedding day comes around.  So what if the caterer is unable to get hold of a certain fish to serve, or the fact that the the color scheme of the decorations is slightly different to the colors of flowers – is it really worth getting upset over? So, aim not to let the small stuff stress you out, stay calm and find a solution to the problem.
There you have it, everything that you need to know to stress less when planning your big day. Take note of the above tips and advice, and trust me, you will feel much better for it and will enjoy planning your big day that much more.

 

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