Have you moved a couple of times? If so, it’s possible you may have noticed a particular pattern during the process. Initially, there is some level of excitement, when you are gathering moving boxes and packing supplies.
But before long, you begin realizing that moving isn’t as easy or as exciting as you initially thought. What you thought would take a few minutes actually ends up taking half an hour, and what you thought would take an hour ends up taking a couple of hours.
Finally, the day of reckoning arrives – a day of heavy lifting and frequent last-minute hiccups. Then eventually, after a long and sweaty day of hard work, you sit back in your new house and relax for a second before realizing just how much work is still waiting for you.
All the while, your kids, job and pet, etc. – still require your attention.
It’s, therefore, unsurprising why so many people find moving stressful. In fact, studies have consistently shown that moving is one of the most stressful life events.
Luckily, there are certain things you can do to help minimize the stress when moving, as Uptown Dallas points out. Here are 6 tips in this regard.
Tip #1: Clear the clutter.
Organize your household items into three piles. That is, those that you are going to sell, those that you’re going to donate, and those that you are going to toss away.
Put valuable or big-ticket items in the “sell” pile. Then, take some really good photos and post them on Facebook, Craigslist, or eBay. You could also consider holding a yard sale if the weather is nice.
For the second pile, those that are up for donation, you’ll have two options. One, to brighten a family member or friend’s day by handing them your usable hand-me-downs. Or score a tax deduction the items to local thrift stores like Goodwill.
Lastly, for the damned, simply throw them away or consider recycling them.
Tip #2: Clear your calendar.
You want to put your 100% focus on the task at hand. Blocking off your day to dedicate it to just moving is the most stress-free way to ensure a smooth moving process.
If you have kids, consider hiring a babysitter to watch over them. Alternatively, ask a friend or a family member to look after them for you. Just remember to return the favor in the future when they need your help.
You also want to clear your work schedule for the entire day you’ll be moving. Packing in short bursts of time cannot only be stressful but can end up costing you several days that you would by just packing continuously for several hours.
Asking for help from your friends can also help save time. It also helps to treat them to a nice dinner afterward.
Tip #3: Accumulate packing boxes.
The earlier you start doing this the better. Accumulate as many newspapers and boxes as possible. Visit your local grocery store and ask if they can give you a stack of boxes. Trader Joes’ and Costco both keep a steady flow of boxes in-store.
If you have some cash to splurge, consider buying some boxes from stores that deal with shipping and packing. Your local home-improvement store may also help you with this.
Tip #4: Have a strategic plan.
Lay out a blueprint before you start packing. This will ensure you are efficient. Move from room-to-room, packing everything before moving to the next one.
You also want to label each box depending on the room from which it was packed. This should help simplify the unloading process later on.
Another thing you want to do when packing is keeping one suitcase per person in which you store items that require immediate access. Such items include socks, clean underwear, and a toothbrush.
Tip #5: Store your valuables well.
Eliminate all nagging concerns at the back of your mind by ensuring your valuables are well protected. Failing to do so can really be stressful.
You also want to put your valuables in a location that’s well guarded. For example, inside your purse, or better yet, in a bank safe-deposit box.
Tip #6: Ensure you have ample time.
Knowing you need to be out of your apartment by noon and can only start moving in into your new home by 7 a.m. can really be stressful. Fortunately, you can avoid this by building yourself ample time beforehand.
You could, for instance, consider paying “double mortgages” or “double rent” for two weeks to a whole month. While this will cost you some money, doing this will do wonders for your stress levels as you’ll have the benefit of time.
There you have it. 6 tips to ensure you have a stress-free move. Also, don’t forget to have enough sleep to feel somewhat refreshed the next day. And when all is said and done, consider treating yourself to a nice evening out or a massage.