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5 Tips for Stress Free Packing and Moving

5 Tips for Stress Free Packing and Moving

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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