No matter how excited you are about moving into a new apartment or closing on your dream home, the moving process is notoriously stressful. On top of getting used to the idea of settling into a new home in a new city, you also have to pack up all your worldly possessions, transport them, and then unpack them. No wonder moving has been named among the tops stressors we face. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce stress on moving day and, dare we say, enjoy it.
Give Yourself Time
Time is not a luxury that we always have when moving; a planned move may sneak up on us more quickly than anticipated, or a job may require a fast move that was entirely unexpected. However, if it’s possible to give yourself plenty of time to prepare for a move, then do so. Twelve weeks is ideal for preparation, which will include packing, listing your home or providing a move-out notice to your landlord, scheduling a mail forward, transferring your services and utilities, and all the other details that go into relocating.
Keep Your Kids in the Loop
Moving is stressful for adults who have some measure of control over the situation; the stress is compounded for children, who have no voice in the decision. Minimize the anxiety of losing familiar surroundings and close relationships by keeping your kids in the loop. As much as is age-appropriate, keep them up-to-date throughout the house-hunting process, let them participate in the packing, and if possible, let them choose how their new room is set up.
Collect Boxes Ahead of Time
No matter how many boxes you think you need to pack up your belongings, you’re probably wrong: You’re probably going to need a lot more. This is a hidden expense that adds up quickly, so in the weeks leading up to the move, begin collecting moving boxes. Glance over local online marketplaces where people who have recently relocated may be getting rid of packing materials, and hit up your local grocery stores, recycling center, and office buildings to score some free moving boxes.
At a time when everything seems to be out of sorts, a good organization system will be your best friend. Depending on your personality, you may put similar items in a box, slap a label on it, and call it a day. Alternately, you might number each box and create a master list that details what items are in which boxes. No matter how simple or elaborate your organization system, the important thing is that you have one. Not only will this make the last few weeks at your current address a little easier, but it will make unpacking at your new home a breeze.
Keep Track of Your Valuables
As your belongings are shuffled from one home to another, some things are bound to temporarily go missing. Some missing items might simply be a nuisance (“Does anyone know where the can opener is?”), while others are cause for panic. As you’re packing up your belongings, take extra care when handling important documents, expensive or sentimental jewelry, and other valuable items. Keep careful track of items you may need shortly after a move, such as your social security card, marriage license, or birth certificate, and ensure that family heirlooms are adequately protected from damage.
One of the easiest ways to lighten your mental load on moving day is to lighten your physical load. Depending on how long you’ve lived at your current residence, you’ve likely accrued an abundance of decorative items, clothing, and even furniture that you don’t particularly care for. As you’re packing, purge your belongings. Go through the piles of paper that have accumulated over the years, and take your belongings one by one and decide whether they should be packed, donated, or tossed.
Outsource When Possible
Moving is a huge undertaking, and going it alone is not only stressful but also unnecessary. When friends and family offer to lend their time to help you pack, take them up on their offer. Even a single afternoon of having an extra set of hands to pack up boxes can make the whole task feel easier. If you are moving in the Norcross area, outsource the entire job to NuLyfe Moving. We provide a full range of moving packages, so whether you just need us to move your boxes from your old address to your new one or you want to relax while we take care of the packing, unpacking, and everything in between, we’re here for you.
Take Care of Yourself
When life is in upheaval, your routine is usually the first thing to go out the window, and you become a little lax in taking care of your very best moving tool: yourself. For many people, the weeks before and after a move are marked by unusual eating habits, irregular sleep patterns, and a schedule that’s a little too full. Unfortunately, living outside your normal routine is one of the biggest contributors to stress during a move. Taking care of yourself and working to keep your life as normal as possible in the time leading up to and following the move can significantly reduce your stress.
While you should take the time to carefully map out the move, it’s also important to remember that things won’t always go to plan; there’s bound to be a hiccup at some point along the way. Build some extra breathing room into your schedule. This will allow you to enjoy some extra flexibility to adjust your plans and stay calm when the unexpected happens.
Moving might be a big job, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow these tips and get some help from our friendly, experienced professionals to enjoy your smoothest relocation ever.