Moving wreaks havoc on your otherwise normal life. Packing up and moving all of your belongings from one place to another is stressful. It interferes with every part of your life until you get fully settled into your new home. How can you remain calm in the chaos of moving?
Give Yourself Time
Don’t wait until the last minute. When you know that you have to move, that’s the moment you need to start planning, prepping and packing.
Waiting for a few weeks while you freak out at the prospect of moving only adds more stress to the chaos.
Calendars Are Your Friend
Moving involves more than just throwing things in boxes and walking out the door. You need to hire movers, gather packing supplies, coordinate utility moves, and much more.
Use an electronic calendar to track everything, personal, business, and move related. Share it with your spouse or partner. That way, you can coordinate who needs to do what on a certain date at such-and-such time.
Go Through Everything
Moving is a great time to simplify and downsize your belongings. The less you have to move, the less you have to pack and unpack. It’s also a great time to dig into boxes you haven’t opened from your last move.
If you don’t need it or want it, get rid of it. You can donate items to your favorite thrift shop, give things away to family and friends, hold a yard sale, or put items for sale online. You can throw away the broken, stained, worn out things that no one can use or would want.
It Doesn’t Need to Be Perfect
You don’t have to have the perfect box for every item you’re packing. Don’t stress out over color-coordinating and detail-labeling every box you pack. Do your best and move on.
Packing will take time. Schedule time into your day to do some packing. Pack one room or space at a time, starting with the things you use the least. Once you get done with one room, move to the next.
Separate the Essentials
As you go through your home, decide what you’ll need to take with you on moving day. These are the items that you’ll need to survive until you can get unpacked and settled.
For a short move across town, it might be things you’ll need overnight. For a move across the country, you need to consider what you’ll need to survive until the moving van arrives at your new place.
Take Time for Yourself
In the chaos of the move, you must take time for yourself. Try to stick to your routine as much as possible.
When you’re feeling stressed, take a few moments just to breathe. Schedule a spa day with a good friend and find other ways to de-stress.
Get the Best Help Possible
You don’t need to do all the work yourself. Ask family and friends if they can help you with packing. Even a couple of hours here and there will make a difference.
Hiring professional movers and packers is another avenue to explore. You can let them do most of the work while you sit back and relax for a few minutes. Call Winter Moving & Storage today for a free estimate and ensure your move goes as smoothly and easily as possible!
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