Moving can be a very exciting time in your life. But it can also be extremely stressful. Most of the time that stress comes from having to do so many things that you just don’t feel like you get any rest. Fortunately, there are some ways you can avoid that by being well-prepared and doing a few things differently than you have with moves in the past.
While there are a lot of suggestions for how to reduce your stress levels when you move, here are the five best tips you’ll want to consider so your moving day (and the days of getting organized in your new place) can be as stress free and easy as possible.
1. Simplify your life, get rid of stuff you don’t need or use
You probably have too much stuff. Most people do, and when they go through and get rid of things they don’t want or need, it can leave them feeling a lot lighter and better about things. You’ll also find that you don’t need as many boxes, things aren’t as heavy, and you can pack up and get out the door faster and easier than you expected.
These are all great things to realize when you’re trying to get through a move and reduce your stress levels as much as possible. Think carefully about everything you come across, and only take it with you if you really do need and use it.
2. Acquire a moving supplier in advance
Don’t wait until the last minute to get a supplier for moving supplies and help. Even if you’re renting a U-Haul and doing the move yourself, you still need packing materials and the truck to load your things into.
With that in mind, make contact with the company you’re using early on in the process. Get the truck reserved, and purchase your packing supplies. Then you can start getting things ready before you actually move, and you don’t have to pack things up and try to find supplies all at the last minute.
3. Plan your packing
It will keep you sane during the move.
Pack up everything you can in advance. If it’s sentimental, seasonal, or there’s another good reason to keep it but you aren’t going to use it right away, put it in a box, and make sure you fill boxes all the way up. That way you’ll have fewer boxes to load up, and fewer to unpack once you get to your new place.
Also tape your boxes well, don’t make them too heavy, and clearly mark them with what’s inside. The more you know about your boxes, the lower the chance you’ll have to reopen them and dig through looking for something that got packed by mistake.
4. Pack a suitcase with all your, your partner’s, and your children’s essentials
You will need it for the first days of the move.
Don’t get everything on the truck, only to realize something you really need is at the very front. That can be especially problematic on cross-country moves, where you won’t have access to those things for several days. Set aside the things you’re going to need for the first few days, or even a couple of weeks.
Put these things in a suitcase or two, and put those suitcases somewhere where they won’t be grabbed up and put on the truck. If you’re driving another car in addition to the moving truck, putting them in the trunk of the car can make it easy to get to them later.
5. Rent a storage unit near your new home.
Keep your essentials at home, store the rest for later.
Unpacking in a new place takes time, and you don’t want to have to navigate a sea of boxes for weeks or months. By renting a self-storage unit near your new place, all of your things can go there.
Then you can get and go through a few boxes at a time, so your home stays neat and doesn’t get too cluttered. It’s a great way to reduce your level of stress when you’re trying to get settled into a new place, and can make moving a much better experience overall.
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