After participating in many (and I mean many moves), I have seen first-hand how stressful moving can be for everyone involved. Over the years, as a professional mover, I have figured out some ways to avoid move day stress.
You can picture it, right? It’s move day. The movers are on their way and you still have so much to pack! You’ve run out of packing materials, you can’t find your closing papers and hope you didn’t pack them, and you just don’t know how you are going to get through the day.
You saved some money (or thought you did) by having your family help you pack… so, needless to say, you’re second-guessing that decision as your loved ones chastise you over how much “stuff” you have and everyone is arguing with each other. You witness the stress levels rise with these family dynamics and have absolutely no idea who put what in what box.
You might be thinking by now that you’re just missing one thing to get you and your family through this day – a therapist! We hear you! Moving is stressful.
WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE THE MOVING PROCESS LESS STRESSFUL?
Time moves quickly during a move so make sure that you plan ahead. Figure out what your budget is going to be and who is going to help you with the move.
CREATE A CHECKLIST
Record every detail of the move and what needs to be accomplished and cross them off as you go. This method will give you an incredible sense of accomplishment and will ensure you do not forget anything important.
GET RID OF UNWANTED CLUTTER
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT bring any items to your new home that you know you will never use. The more cluttered your home is the more anxious you are going to feel during the moving process.
LABEL AND PACK YOUR BOXES CORRECTLY
You certainly do not want your boxes to be delivered to the wrong room, right? You may feel a bit discouraged when you are unpacking your master bedroom only to find boxes of dinnerware and other kitchen supplies.
PACK A BOX (OR BAG) WITH ESSENTIALS
Meaning, items that you will need during the moving process and for once you get into your new home. Include a few changes of clothes, medications, and toiletries. This will prevent you from rummaging through a bunch of boxes just to go to bed at the end of the day.
IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN AND/OR PETS – GET A SITTER!
Moving can be very stressful and adding children and pets into the equation can make it even more chaotic. Hire a sitter or have a family member watch your children or pets so you can focus and get the job done.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
It’s easy to forget about your well-being during the moving process. Make sure you are not skipping meals and that you are getting enough sleep. Try not to get out of your healthy routine because you are moving. A healthier you is a more productive you!
FOCUS ON THE END RESULT
Sure, you may be living in a sea of boxes right now, but try to envision the end result of your move. Try to picture how beautifully your belongings will look organized and displayed in your new home.
In the end, what is the most effective way to avoid move day stress? Hire a top-rated and highly skilled professional moving company like Organized Haven to tackle the most difficult tasks of your move. This will allow you to say goodbye to your old home and help you transition into your new life chapter with ease. Find such professionals at www.NASMM.org.
Just remember – moving doesn’t have to be scary!
Have you ever been involved in a very stressful moving situation? If so, did everyone get out alive?
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By: Nicole Ramer, SMM~C
(Professional Organizer & Certified Senior Move Manager®)