At the best of times moving will be a long, busy, and exhausting day. At the worst of times the stress you experience while planning your big move (despite how excited you are for where you're going) can be debilitating.
Here are 5 ways you can make your next moving experience less stressful:
Look at the Big Picture
It is easy to get overwhelmed with everything that you have to organize. Look at the entire moving process from start to finish and ask yourself the questions below. Try answering each of these as realistically as possible:
- When is your ideal departure date?
- When is your ideal arrival date?
- When will you need to start organizing and packing?
- Will you be researching moving companies in your local area?
You don't want to be caught in a position where you're pulling your hair out because you've only got two weeks left to organize everything! Once you've answered these big picture questions you can start digging into the details.
Break it Down
You've got your dates locked down and your destination settled: now it’s time to break your plan down into sections.
- What needs to be packed first?
- What can be packed last?
- Will you be packing yourself or hiring a local moving company to take that on?
- What are you bringing with you and what are you okay with leaving?
- Do you need to downsize or will there be plenty of space in your new home?
Tackle each section one at a time and focus on moving through your checklist. If there's too much to handle (and there’s almost always too much to handle) now is the time to start reaching out to local moving companies to help make the process less stressful.
Choosing A Moving Company
When choosing a moving company to work with simply hop on Google and search for moving companies in your area. We recommend doing a few things to find the right fit for your move.
- Visit moving company websites to get a feel for what they specialize in
- Take a look at their customer reviews both on their website and on Yelp
- Call the moving company yourself to get an estimate
- Ask friends for referrals - what stellar company have they worked with in the past?
- Voice any concerns you might have about specific items or questions:
- Do you have a huge fish tank in your house?
- Do you have a grand piano?
- Do you live on the 15th floor of an apartment building?
- Will you be moving out-of-state or down the street?
Working with a moving company can help significantly reduce the amount of stress you experience during your move. Let the professionals do the heavy lifting while you lighten the load off your mind!
Expect the Unexpected
Make no mistake about it: moving is a significant life event. Whenever you are undergoing a life event things have a tendency to deviate from your original plan. The absolute best thing to do is to go into the moving process expecting the unexpected. Nothing causes stress like a last minute change in plans. Anything from an unexpected weather event to losing the keys to your new house while you're in the middle of your move could happen. Piling stress on top of an already stressful scenario would cause anyone’s blood pressure to shoot through the roof so take a deep breath and go with the flow!
Build flex time into your schedule from the beginning of your process and the best case scenario will be that you have extra time to kill. The worst case scenario is that you planned accordingly! The more relaxed you are, the less you will allow stress to dampen your experience.
Close This Chapter
Lastly, every chapter of your life - no matter how big or small - deserves some closure. Whether you’re moving down the street or you’re moving to a different country, it’s worth it to take the time to mentally prepare. Revisit your favorite places one last time with the knowledge that you’ll be leaving them. Take in that you’ll be leaving but also remember to maintain your excitement about the next chapter of your life!
Now that you know what you have to do to reduce the stress connected with moving, it’s all up to you! Comment below and let us know what some of your favorite ways to reduce moving day stress are.