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Party your way through moving

My favourite part about moving has always been unpacking. It’s a bit like Christmas morning, except you know what you’re getting and the gifts are old. Okay, granted, unpacking after a move is probably the furthest thing from Christmas but it’s still exciting. In fact, with the right planning you could probably turn it into a party.

Why stop there though? If you’ve hosted a party at your home before chances are you are more than capable of turning any one stage of the moving process into a party.

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First things first, hosting a packing party and running out of boxes, packaging tape or markers is a bit like not having enough welcome drinks at your wedding. Make sure you are prepared. Let your friends know what time you’ll be packing and, most importantly, make sure they know you would love their company. Even if just for an hour; this is as much about reminiscing as it is about getting your house packed.

Top tip: Create packing stations, making it clear what and how you need the packing to be done. Preparing a little bit in advance will avoid confusion and frustration for you and your army of packers on the day.

Set the tone for a festive occasion by making sure the playlist is right. Play fun, upbeat and energetic songs and music that will remind you and your friends of the great memories made in the home you are leaving. Bonus if you play some songs everyone knows the words to and it turns into an impromptu dancing and karaoke performance!

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All that packing will make you and your guests hungry. Pizza is always great since it’s easy to eat and nobody will frown at a lack of cutlery and plates. For drinks have cold beers and water ready. To really celebrate the fun times and great friends and memories made living there serve some champers and an easy-to-eat dessert once most of the packing is done, or when you feel like it, it’s supposed to be a party.

And finally, to make your packing is a roaring success, consider your guests. Have soap, old rags to dust anything that might be dustier than you thought, and hair ties or bobby clips for those with longer hair ready. There is also no need to exclude younger children from the festivities; the kids will love being included and can pack things like books, linen and your plastic ware.

The great thing is that these same basic principles, that you would apply to any party really, can be used for any of the many days of work involved with moving houses. Need to do some maintenance before moving? Throw a fix-it party! Want to paint the new home once you’ve moved in? A paint party is the only way! Can’t face unpacking alone? Duh, unpacking party!

As long as you plan, know what you need and make sure your guests know what they are actually getting themselves into you should be able to pull this off!


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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