Avoiding Stress on Moving Day

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MovingIf you’ve ever undertaken a move, you understand the level of stress that can come along with it. Moving is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for the unprepared. If you want your moving day to go off smoothly and without a hitch, the key is to start early. In fact, from the day you start looking into relocating, you should begin taking those initial steps to set things in motion. Ideally, once the actual day of the move arrives, it should all be pure execution. You’ll also be better prepared for those pesky unforeseen circumstances and last-minute disasters that can and all to often do happen. So, here are a few pointers to make moving day a little less hectic and a little more rewarding experience.

Understand That You Will Be Stressed…To A Degree. Even the smallest moving projects are herculean tasks at best, and there is going to be a degree of stress that goes along with the process. Stress is the natural by-product of a demanding scenario, and the key is to not allow that stress to set you back in any way. Some people even manage to thrive on it. But for those of us for whom stress is a negative, it becomes important to keep things if their proper perspective and do everything we can to make the process pleasant.

Factor in The Time It Will Take. Too often, folks wait until the last minute to start packing, much less planning, and the result is a rushed move, a stressed-out family, and a less than efficient process. A good rule of thumb is to go through each room and allocate a day or so for taking care of that room. Devote a couple of days to packing up the living room or the kitchen, at least a day for each bedroom, and a couple of days to clear out the closets in the house. Never underestimate the level of clutter that can accumulate in garages and attics, so devote a minimum of a day or two to getting those cleans out. You also want to get ahead of the game when securing a moving company, or if you’re doing things yourself, the proper sized truck. These elements get booked pretty far out, and you don’t want to be up against a moving date with no transportation. Leaving everything to the last minute is a guaranteed stress inducer.

Get Boxes…A Lot of Boxes. In the weeks leading up to the move, don’t miss an opportunity to gather boxes, as these are the backbone of any move. You may think you have enough, but you’ll be surprised how fast you fill them up!

Start With the Small Stuff, And Stay Organized. It’s easy to look at a major job in front of you and give up. It’s a lot easier when you look down and just concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other. So goes it with moving. Start by packing small things, it doesn’t matter what, and you will quickly discover how easy it is to move on to larger projects.  Decide that right now you’re going to tackle that bookshelf; it may seem like a small task, but those small tasks add up quickly. This baby step approach will also go a long way towards keeping things organized and in order. Labeling boxes as you go, sorting important documents for easy retrieval later, knowing which boxes are going where in the new location, etc. Being deliberate and methodical may seem slow and tedious, but you’ll be surprised how much it speeds things up when you are unloading in your new home.

Secure A Professional Moving Company. If you’ve got the budget for it, call in the pros. A good, reputable, and experienced moving company can take virtually all of the stress associated with a move out of your hands, and let’s be honest, they can do it faster and more efficiently than most of us could ever dream of doing on our own. They are experienced with handling the big stuff, as well as packing delicate and fragile items or valuable heirlooms with the care and respect that you as a homeowner expect. Again, begin this search early on, get several quotes, and choose someone whose pricing is somewhere in the middle. Google reviews, Yelp, and other online outfits are good sources for consumer reviews and rankings. Trust what your neighbors are says.

Accept Help When Offered. When it comes to moving, the more the merrier. If you can involve family and friends, you’d be surprised what you can get done in a day. Bringing in pizza and some cold drinks is always a good incentive. Just keep in mind you may be asked to return the favor one day!

Leave One Living Area Until Last. Unless you have made other arrangements, remember you still must live in this house up until moving day. So leave an area, perhaps one small room, where you can continue to live your life up until that last day or so.

And Lastly, Get Rid of What You Don’t Need. Moving is the perfect time to eliminate clutter. Take advantage of it. It will make settling into your new home that much more pleasant.

Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Done right, it can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.