How to Make Moving a Lot Less Stressful

happy family with children moving with boxes in a new apartment house

Moving is a bag of mixed feelings. You resent leaving behind your old friends, that café around the corner, and the house that you turned into your home.

On the flip side, you also look forward to discovering new places, finally settling into the perfect apartment, or starting out at your new job. There could be plenty of reasons that could convince you to move, b along with the excitement of moving to a better location, there is another emotion that tags along: frustration.

Moving can be stressful. Steps that seem easy at first often take longer than expected. Packing all your belongings into boxes and ensuring their subsequent transportation is just the beginning.

You also need to unpack, set up your new house, get your mailing address changed, subscribe to a new internet connection, reorganize your bills, and that is just scratching the surface.

Moving is tough, but by organizing your process, you can make it a lot less stressful. Here are a few tips to make sure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Give Yourself Ample Time

Packing up your house can take a lot of time and a lot of effort. This in itself is one of the reasons people tend to procrastinate. Don’t! Start as soon as possible.

This is because it is always difficult to estimate the amount of time packing would take and more often than not, it takes longer than the time one caters for it.

Decide on when you wish to start packing and add 10 days to it. You don’t want to pack your stuff in a hurry, or else it will take twice as long to unpack whatever little is left in one piece.

Take Baby Steps

Moving can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. Start small and gradually move onto bigger things. All you need to do is take the first step and the rest will follow.

Start by estimating the number of boxes you would require. Simple enough, right? Next, arrange those boxes. It is easy to find used boxes in a supermarket. This approach is not just green but can also help you save some money.

If you are unable to source enough of those, you can easily purchase them as well. While not necessary, try and accumulate boxes of the same dimensions. You may also want to pick up some bubble wrap to pack the breakable items. Sourcing your packing equipment at the very beginning can simplify the subsequent tasks and help you avoid any bottlenecks. Once you get to packing your stuff, start small. Start with things you wouldn’t need: That fancy cutlery you only use when you have friends over or the fancy carpet.

These are things you need to start with. You can also target one room at a time and starting with the living room would probably be the safest bet. Packing one room at a time will help you stay on top of things and keep your stress at bay.

It will also help you stay organized and will prove fruitful while unpacking.

Seek Professional Help

The process of packing can be made very simple if you are willing to seek professional help. There are different kinds of apartment moving services that you will find offered. These range from transporting your luggage, all the way to packing and unpacking it as well. Such services also offer peace of mind through insurance coverage that is often included in the cost.

Take A Break

Packing day in and out, arranging for transportation, and running numerous other errands can be quite tiring. Take a break. The day you decide to let go, don’t think of packing at all and indulge yourself in things you enjoy doing.

But make sure that you account for this by providing yourself with some additional days while planning your packing schedule.

Embrace Minimalism

When you finally get to emptying out your shelves and your closets, you will come across various articles that you have not used for quite some time.

If you have used them for over a year, it is quite likely that you wouldn’t need them anytime soon. This is especially true when it comes to clothes. Chucking away things that you don’t require can help reduce your effort.

A lot of stuff can also be donated and that should be the first priority. You could also sell some of your stuff rather than having it lying around. Marketplaces on social media are a wonderful medium to sell used articles. Pro tip: donating old clothes and household items that are in a good condition can also get you a tax benefit. So, make sure you keep a record of the things you have donated to charity.

Label Your Luggage

boxes in the apartment

Label your luggage from the very beginning. Labeling your boxes based on their content or even the room from which the luggage originated can help you simplify and organize the process.

A good way of doing this is to number every box you pack and prepare a list of the things that it contains. You could either maintain a diary or even maintain a spreadsheet that will let you find things later. This comes in handy if you don’t intend to unpack immediately after moving out of your current home.

Distribute and Delegate

Don’t go about packing the entire house yourself! This could create confusion during the process, and you are bound to end up packing something that someone else might require.

That said, you will eventually run out of steam. Distribute tasks and let everyone handle their own packing. Let you kids, rather make your kids pack their own belongings. Ask your friends to help you do the heavy lifting. The more, the merrier.

Moving can be very stressful, but simply accepting that stress is a normal part of moving can help alleviate it.

Hiring professionals to help out with the moving process can notably speed it up while minimizing your effort. However, if you decide to handle all the packing and moving, make sure you give yourself ample time and do not overwhelm yourself.

Take things slow and a step at a time. Plan well in advance and stay organized, and you will be well settled in your new home in no time.

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