Moving house could be one of the most unforgettable experiences you have in your entire lifetime, but it could also be the most stressful one. It’s both physically and emotionally exhausting, many people even consider that the anxiety level caused by moving house is higher than starting a new job, relationship breakdown or even a divorce.
Fortunately, even though you cannot completely eliminate the stress of moving your house, there are ways that can help you reduce the amount of stress you have to deal with when moving your house. By following these tips below, you will be able to actually enjoy the moving process and positively absorb the changes in your life that you will have to face after the move.
Moving is complicated and involves many different things to take care of, like packing, transportation, paper works and many others, so it’s really important that you have everything planned out from the beginning otherwise you will go crazy.
Plan when you’re going to clear the clutter and organize your stuff also how you will actually do that, when to pack, which moving or transportation company to hire, how to organize your stuff in the new house, etc. Create a to-do list to make sure you don’t leave anything out and try to follow it.
This is the first step to significantly reduce the stress out of your moving process.
Just because you’re going to move to a new house, it doesn’t mean that you have to leave all the clutter in your old house unmanaged. Clutter is always causing stress, that’s why you have to do your best to minimize it. Removing clutter will also help you a lot when you’re packing your stuff.
Separate the things that you will bring to your new home and the things you no longer need. Then separate the things you no longer need into three groups: garbage, things to donate and things to sell. This should be done long before packing time, so you have enough time to toss, donate and sell those unneeded things. When the time finally comes to pack for your move, you will see that less clutter means much easier and faster packing for you.
Give yourself enough time
Whatever task you have to tackle, it will feel much less stressful doing it if you just have enough time. So when preparing your move, make sure you can free your schedule so you can completely focus on your moving preparation. Packing could be the most stressful part of your moving experience if you don’t have enough time to do it.
It would be great if you can free your schedule for the entire weekend. Request a leave from work, get a babysitter to watch the kids, do whatever it is necessary to give you a free time to focus on packing your stuff.
Some people choose to pack for a couple of hours everyday and hope they can finish the whole packing in a week or so, but that’s actually not a good strategy. It is proven that you can actually achieve more by packing continuously as compared to doing it little by little.
Hire a professional mover
This will definitely remove a huge burden out of your shoulders when moving. Don’t just rent a truck, because then there will still be a lot of holes to cover. The toughest part is likely that you need to load and unload your own stuff to/from the truck, probably even have to hire some more people to do it. So if you have the budget, it’s highly recommended if you just spend a bit more to hire the right professional mover to help you out. A lot of professional movers can even help you pack all of your stuff and help you create a good plan for your move.
Involve family and friends
Ask your family and friends to help you, who knows, maybe a lot of them actually show up and you can turn moving into a social event. At the end you can even throw a little party in the backyard with bbq, movies, or simply with pizza & beers. The more familiar faces you see during the whole process of moving the less stress you will feel.
Take a break
Don’t push yourself too hard, even though you don’t have a lot of time to prepare for your move, just take a break when you already feel too tired. A short break is proven to be able to boost productivity, so you will actually do better with your moving preparation if you take a break when you’re tired. Pushing yourself too hard will only cause more stress during your move.
Set up an emergency box
An emergency box is a really vital thing that could make your moving way less stressful. Use a box or any kind of container to store essentials or anything that you may need in the first 24 hours after you move. Chance is, in the first 24 hours of your move, most of your stuff will still be in boxes, even though everything is well-organized, still it will be really stressful if you have to unpack a box when you want to make a coffee and open another box to get a toaster.
Some essentials that you should include in this emergency box include clothing, coffee, tea, toaster, kettle, kids’ supplies and other essentials you will need the first 24 hours of your move.
Get to know your new neighbors
It’s always a good idea to get to know people around you, just go to the house on the left, right and across the street from your new house, knock on their doors and introduce yourself, and probably bring a little something for them. If you show a friendly gesture, your new neighbors will definitely welcome you to the neighborhood and you finally get some new friends.
Establish new routines
One of the most stressful things about moving to a new place is that it will mess up your routines. For example, your office could be a lot further now so you may have to wake up earlier and have less time for your morning workout. Things like this could be quite stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. You could find a way to create your new routine, make it more fun or perhaps even profitable. For example, instead of driving to work, maybe it’s more effective if you just take a train to work, it’s faster and less expensive.
Whether you move because you want to or because you have to, if you apply some of the tips above you will feel the whole moving process to be so much easier for you.