Moving isn’t really one of those tasks that people jump up and down for. Sure, starting over in a new city or even a new home down the street is exciting because it’s a new adventure. But the process is what people dread the most. Moving implies stress, but it doesn’t have to be that way for you. Here are some tips for staying stress-free during your next move.
Get a Head Start
Organizing your move a couple of weeks before it takes place is a recipe for disaster. Never wait until the last minute or close to the last minute. Rush jobs are perfect invitations for stressful environments. Giving yourself enough time promotes a stress-free environment.
Depending on the size of your home, you may need about four to five days to pack up everything. Smaller homes like studio apartments don’t require that much, but there are still a lot of moving parts. You’ll need to get moving supplies, secure whatever you need for your new home, clean your new home, and clean your old home.
The list goes on. Start to plan out everything you need to do a couple of months before moving day. Make a list and a corresponding schedule. Assign a task a day and work from there.
Plan for Obstacles
Having a perfect moving day means planning for obstacles. You need to stay ahead of the curb and map out solutions to problems before they even arise. When something does throw a wrench in your moving day plans, you won’t freak out.
For example, if you scheduled your moving time during prime rush hour times, you need to map out alternative routes, or plan for a different time. Moving during the weekend is best, but if that’s not possible, try to travel when the streets aren’t busy.
Hire helpers—and by helpers, we mean professional movers. Don’t believe the hype, you should always hire professional movers. They literally eliminate so much stress because they take on the bulk of the work.
Make room in your budget for movers. Aside from doing the heavy lifting, movers can also pack up your items and safely transport them. They know how to strategically place them inside the truck to eliminate any potential damage.
Survey Your New Home
If possible, check out your new home before moving in. Some of the stress on a moving day comes from the unpacking part. Surveying your home beforehand gives you a chance to decide where you want some of the items to go.
Of course, kitchen wear goes in the kitchen—and the same applies to the bathroom, and so on. However, you can get even more specific and decide on the exact location and arrangement for most of the rooms. That way, you won’t need to circle the room multiple times in confusion when you start to unpack.
Staying stress-free during your next move is the only way you should ever do the process.