Friday, September 20, 2019 / by Scott Hoffman
5 Ways You Can Make Moving Less Stressful
By: Hannah Stevens
Moving from one home to another is hardly ever easy. If you ask most people, it’s something they’d rather live without ever having to do. It’s stressful, costly, and extremely time-consuming - but, it’s sometimes unavoidable. If you find yourself faced with a move, use these five techniques to help make moving a lot less stressful for you.
1. Planning and Organization
The first step is to ensure that you plan ahead of time. The more organized you are before the move, the less likely you are to end up stressed out during the process. For instance, make a to-do list well in advance so that you’re clear on what has to be done and when. Remember, moving involves a lot of different steps, and it will make things easier if you outline them in a clear way. Your list can include things like dates for disconnecting utilities, getting donation center pickups organized, and more.
2. Start Packing Early
Get started packing as soon as you can. This will help you feel a lot less overwhelmed as moving day approaches. We tend to procrastinate when it comes to doing stuff we don’t particularly like, but with regard to your moving, getting an early start will actually prove to be one of the best things you can do to make things less stressful for yourself. Just remember to start with those items you don’t need or use every day.
3. Use the Same Size Boxes and Label Them
The items you’re packing will obviously be of varying sizes, but for the most part, you will be able to fit the majority of items into same size boxes. This makes it a lot easier to load the truck. Also, if you’re moving stuff to storage, it helps to cut down on storage space since uniform boxes can pack tighter and use less space. Also, make sure that you implement a clear labeling system so you’ll be able to find the things you need quickly and easily once you get to your new home.
4. Ask for Help!
This is something that many people don’t think to do when moving. They believe that they have to do it all themselves, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. You can get help from a lot of different places, including friends, family, and even colleagues. If you’d rather not impose, then a better option for you may be to get professionals to assist you with your move.
5. Maintain a Great Attitude
Last, but certainly not least, it’s important for you to maintain a good attitude during your move. If you’ve planned in advance and stayed organized, packed your stuff properly, and asked for help, then you’re ready for the big day. All you need to do now is to keep high spirits. In fact, you can even turn the move into a fun challenge for you and your family and friends. For instance, you could have a competition to see who gets the most boxes out of the moving van and into the house.