Moving house is considered to be one of the most stressful situations that a person can go through. It’s rated high up on the list with marriage, divorce and death of a loved one. Part of the reason for the stress is that people don’t realize the physical and emotional toll moving can take and thus don’t prepare themselves properly for it.
Instead of dreading your move and panicking, make a plan, follow these 11 tips and have your move become a much more relaxing, stress-free experience.
Before you get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of stuff you have, remember that moving house is a great way to get rid of stuff that you no longer want or need. But don’t get overwhelmed by all your junk either! While you’re packing keep a garbage bag beside your boxes and just throw things out as you go. It’ll make the process that much more simple and easy for you. Also, don’t forget to keep a box for things that you can donate or give away to charity.
2.) Pack a Box Every Day
By breaking your move into small increments, it’ll be easier for you to not get overwhelmed by the enormity of the task. Packing a box every day is a great way to take small steps while working towards your bigger goal. After you’ve gotten enough boxes packed, dedicate one room in your house to those boxes to get them out of the way. If you start early enough, you’ll find that packing up your house isn’t as big of a deal as it seems.
3.) Don’t Overstuff!
It might be tempting to cram as many things as possible into boxes (to save on your to-and-fro trips), but it isn’t a good idea. It’s better to have to make more trips than to not be able to pick up the boxes that are way too heavy.
4.) Plan in Advance
It might seem that you don’t need to do things until the few weeks before you move, but that’s a guaranteed way to make things stressful. Book things like your moving truck and pick up your moving supplies now while you’re not as busy and save yourself some tasks during your crunch time.
5.) Make Lists
It’s always a good idea to make lists of what has to be done, and who is assigned to it. Then, when the task is complete, make sure it’s checked off the list. This will prevent any confusion or finger-pointing on the day of the move, and it will also ensure that jobs aren’t needlessly done twice.
6.) Label, label, label
It may seem like a pain while packing, but make sure you label everything! You’ll thank yourself when you’re unpacking at your new place. And remember, when it comes to labeling, more detail is always better.
7.) Send your Kids and Pets Somewhere Else
On moving day, the last thing you need is for your children and pets to be constantly underfoot. And, as your door will be open for most of the day, it can be a safety concern to have them around. Ask your friends or family if they mind watching them for the day. It’ll really make your moving process that much easier.
8.) Plan How Things Will Fit
Planning how things will fit in the truck is an important part of experiencing a stress-free move. You want to arrange things so that they’ll all fit securely in the truck, and you also want to ensure the things you need first will be closest to the truck opening.
9.) Be Sure to Eat and Drink
Our moods are often dependent on our energy levels, and our energy levels are controlled by our intake of food. Keep yourself and your movers hydrated and sated for a positive attitude and maximum energy.
10.) Take Breaks
On moving day, it’s important to have little rest periods every once in awhile in order to refresh your mind and body. It can be tempting to just press through, but that can lead to exhaustion and short tempers and often just isn’t worth it.
It’s not enough for your entire moving day plan to be in your head, it needs to be communicated to those that are helping you move. If you don’t let other people know what you want or what is going on, you’ll end up very frustrated and stressed.
Moving is considered to be one of the most stressful experiences a person will go through in their life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Take things one step at a time and one task at a time; you’ll find yourself less likely to be overwhelmed, and thus, less likely to be stressed.