Moving is stressful, no doubt. In fact, it ranks alongside a divorce, a major illness, a job loss, and the death of a loved one when it comes to life’s top stressors.
Fortunately, with some tips, moving doesn’t have to be all that gloom and doom. So, in today’s post, we are going to share with you 6 tips on how you can relieve your stress levels during a move.
Tip #1: Simplify your work by delegating part of it to others.
“Many hands make light work.” This adage has never been truer. And since moving involves doing a lot of things, involving as many people as possible during the process can definitely help relieve some pressure off of you.
So, don’t shy away from calling your buddies and asking for their help. And while you won’t need to change your will or buy them Mini Coopers, don’t forget to show them your appreciation. Alternatively, head over to online resources like Craigslist and TaskRabbit to search for people who can help with the moving.
Tip #2: Start planning ahead of time to avoid the last-minute rush.
Life comes at you fast, and so does a last-minute move. Many people waste a lot of time trying to figure out how exactly they are going to do all the moving-related tasks. This doesn’t only end up wasting time, but it can also cause you a lot of time and anxiety.
So, instead of wasting time thinking of how you are going to get the work done, use that time to prepare your personal belongings for the move.
If time allows, begin the moving process as early as eight weeks prior to the actual date of the move. The ample time will allow you to do everything without exerting too much pressure on yourself.
Tip #3: Take care of your most prized possessions.
Moving isn’t a simple thing to do. It’s a major undertaking that can result in your belongings getting damaged, especially if proper care isn’t taken into account.
One of the things you should do to keep your valuables safe is to get adequate packing supplies. The way your valuables are packed will determine whether they will arrive in one piece at their destination or not. So, make sure you get enough boxes, packing paper, and bubble wrap.
Secondly, consider insuring your valuable items. You can contact your insurance company and ask them whether your existing policy covers for it or not.
The other thing you need to do is take an inventory of your most valuable items. You may also want to take some photos of them. Don’t also forget to keep any accompanying documents, such as receipts, bills, warranty cards, and certificates of authenticity.
Finally, take care when packing them. Generally, most valuable items are usually fragile and easily breakable.
Tip #4: Clear out any clutter from your home.
Moving is, unarguably, one of the best times in life to declutter your possessions. By doing so, you will be amazed by just how simpler the moving process can turn out to be.
The following are some tips to help you in this regard.
- Check expiration dates. Chances are good that your pantry or bathroom contains a few items that are well past their prime.
- Employ the practicality test. If you are wondering whether you should donate or keep something, ask yourself the last time you used it. If you haven’t worn your clothes for, say, in a year, odds are you won’t wear them again. So, put them in the donation box. Do the same for kitchen utensils, towels, spatulas, hand towels, and sheets.
- Leave the mementos for last. Leave the harder decisions for last. So first, get rid of things like a set of sheets or unused electronics and leave the sentimental things for last.
- Give yourself time. Don’t wait until the day of moving to start making decisions on what to keep and what to give away.
Tip #5: Plan for the move.
Taking the time to craft a plan of how exactly you intend to do the move can also help reduce the stress of moving. A well thought out plan cannot only help make the moving process efficient, but it can also help ensure packing is done methodically.
The following are a few things to include in your plan.
- Give notice to your landlord
- Discuss the move with your kids
- Make a list of questions to ask movers
- Research nearby schools
- Budget accordingly
- Research moving services
Tip #6: Have a back-up plan.
Life happens, and certain things may not go as well as you intended them to go. For instance, your moving company may fail to show up on the day or even cancel the move altogether.
There you have it. 6 key things to do to ensure a stress-free move. Just remember to do proper diligence when hiring the right people for the move.