Moving house can be a stressful time, but it does not have to be. If you are looking for ways to take the stress out of moving, here are some tips to help make your next move a simple one.
Avoid the Rush
You can reduce the level of stress attributed to your move significantly by simply giving yourself a reasonable amount of time to prepare. Not only will you need to organise your belongings for the house removal, you may also need to pack everything yourself or coordinate the packing process and pickup with a home removal service, which must be done in advance.
In order to avoid the mistakes that may result from being rushed, consider giving yourself eight weeks to complete all of the required steps, especially if you need to schedule any services prior to your move.
Dispose of the Clutter
Now is a perfect time to review what you own, and decide whether or not you truly want to keep it. Not only can removal services charge based on the total weight of your belongings, it is also unwise to bring anything along that you are not interested in keeping for the long-term.
As you begin to organise items to be packed, set aside any items that do not have a permanent home in your new house. If the items are rubbish, feel free to toss them in the bin. If they may still have some value, consider donating the items to charity, or sell them to help pay for your moving expenses.
You may be surprised by how many boxes it can take to move all of your belongings. If you are not having a removal service provide all of the supplies, begin gathering packing material as soon as you know you are moving. Given enough time, you may be able to acquire some boxes for free from local shops that may otherwise throw them away, which can save a large sum of money in comparison to purchasing everything you need.
Don’t Take On the Entire Process Alone
Everyone knows that moving is difficult, so it is not frowned upon to ask for help. If you are moving far from your current area, having friends and family help can give you all the opportunity to spend time together before you go, and allows you to have a final goodbye. Even if you hire a removal company, it can help to have some extra people around the house to help keep an eye on the activity and keep you company.
Be Kind to Yourself
It is easy to get so wrapped up in your move that you forget to take care of yourself. During stressful times, making sure you are properly managing your health and stress is even more important. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to rest between tasks, and that you are able to get a sufficient amount of sleep at night. Take breaks to eat and to spend time relaxing or socialising.
Also, stay hydrated by simply drinking water this will help you with a clear mind and make you more active. The easiest way to make sure you get the amount you need is to keep a water bottle with you throughout the process of organising your move. Instead of using disposable water bottles, which can be expensive and harmful to the environment, consider getting a reusable on, like the SIGG Water Bottle. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, it is also incredibly convenient.
If you are moving your family, make sure that any children do not feel neglected as things progress. Going to a new home can be especially stressful for children as they may have fears about making new friends as well as keeping the friends they have. Take time to reassure them that everything will be okay, even if it feels scary right now.
While you may not need to have a complete back-up plan for every possible challenge, make sure that you have ideas on how to cover key areas should the situation change suddenly. For example, make sure you have a back-up removal service to call should your first choice not be available. It is also wise to make sure that you have a few days of wiggle room for the moving process in case things take longer to complete than originally expected.
Be Prepared for Uneasy Feelings
Even if your move goes smoothly, it can be uncomfortable learning to adjust to a new home. Understand that these feelings are normal and that they will pass. Give yourself and your family time to adjust, and try to forgive small outbursts and frustrations that may arise simply due to the discomfort being experienced.
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