How to Make Moving Less Stressful

There are many stressful events that can happen to us in life, and for the most part, we either stay away from them, or there is nothing we can do about them. When it comes to moving home, however, it’s usually our own choice; we are putting ourselves in a stressful situation. The end result will be a good one, but in the meantime, it’s going to be difficult. That’s why these tips to help make moving home less stressful will be extremely helpful.
Make A Plan

Everything is more stressful when you try to get through it without a plan. Knowing where you should be at what time, and what you should be doing when, can make the whole day much easier to deal with. Start by making a plan of things to do before the move itself, to ensure that you give yourself enough time to get everything done. That includes buying the right number of packing boxes, getting protective materials to keep your precious items safe, and organizing storage units for anything that doesn’t need to be moved straight away. You can also make a plan for the day itself, and even for the next few days afterwards so that you know which rooms need to be unpacked first. The to-do list will give you the chance to allocate specific tasks to various members of your household, and that means that you won’t feel overwhelmed that everything seems to be on your shoulders.

Make Sure You Know The Details

It might seem obvious, but in the rush and the fuss of moving home, it’s all too easy to misremember something, or neglect to get that all-important piece of information. You need to check that you have the right dates and times for your moving day; you don’t want to vacate your home too early, and find that you have nowhere to go, or that you need to have everything brought back there only to move it again the next day, for example! It’s costly and time-consuming to get something like this wrong, so even if you’re sure you know when things are happening, double check. It can’t hurt, and it could save a big headache.

Get Help

You can try to move on your own, but it will be hard work, and you’ll be stressed and completely miserable. If you can, find some people to help you. You can hire professionals, but if your budget doesn't stretch to that, you can draft in friends and family to help you out. If you can’t pay them for their time (or if they won’t accept the cash), then treat them to a take-out, or offer to take them out for drinks or food when you’re settled after the move. They’ll appreciate the offer. Make sure you don’t pack up your kitchen too soon; leaving it until last means that you can still offer people sustenance when they need to replenish their energy!

Pack Carefully

What you really don’t want is to get to your new home and find that every box you packed is full of a mish-mash of bits and pieces from lots of different rooms. It will make unpacking a much more difficult job than it needs to be. Instead, take your time and pack each room in an orderly fashion, one at a time. Don’t switch between rooms partway through just because you want a change of scenery. It’s best to get one room completely boxed off (and boxed up) before moving on to the next. That way you can be sure you have packed everything, have a good clean up and tidy round, and not have to worry about going back and forth and wasting time. Don’t forget to label your boxes too. You don’t want to have to open everything at the other end before you can start unpacking.

Take A Break

It can be tempting just to keep going, rocketing through the packing as quickly as possible to get it over and done with. That’s not such a great idea though. For one thing, you won’t be rocketing through at all; you might start off that way, but you’ll soon slow down if you don’t allow yourself some regular breaks throughout the day. You’ll also strain your body if you overdo it, and that means that the next day you’ll find you get even less done because you’re in pain.

Stick To Your Routine

This might sound wrong, but it’s true – sticking to your usual routine can help to de-stress the moving process. If you have a class one evening a week, go to it. If you like to take a stroll around the park at the weekend, do it. If you completely change your usual way of doing things to allocate time to the move, you’ll find that your health, your happiness, your general well-being, and even your sleep can be affected. Humans are very much creatures of habit, so stick to what you would normally do, and you’ll feel better for it.

Don’t Forget Your Utilities

It’s essential that you remember to take final meter readings are your old house, and first readings at your new house. If you don’t, you could find that you’re paying more than you need to. It’s an irritating chore, but one that needs to be done as soon as possible – preferably on moving day itself – so that you aren’t out of pocket (or out of energy).

Take Some Days Off Work

You’re going to be so busy moving house that work is going to be the farthest thing from your mind. So that you don’t have to worry about it – you’ll be distracted anyway – take some days off. Take the day before the move, the day itself, and a couple of days afterwards too. You’ll want to get on with the unpacking as soon as you can, plus you’ll be tired and need to spend some time settling into your new place. If you can concentrate on that, you can get back to normality much more quickly.

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