7 Steps to Stress-Free Moving
- Harness the Power of a “To Do” List– essentially you’re gonna want to plan to plan. The further you are out from you planned moving date the better you can prepare, plan and worry less. You can break your list down into months, weeks or days and even hours (day of move). A to-do checklist will help you stay on track and reduce the stress and worry that something has been forgotten.
- Plan to Move Only what You Need or You Love– one of the greatest benefits moving provides is a fresh start. Take advantage of this fresh start and use it as an opportunity to purge. Finally get rid of all of those things you never use, have outgrown, is broken and in general you just don’t like. Your goal when you move your things should be to show up with only the things you absolutely need or that you love. This can also save you money. A moving company will charge you based on time and the weight of your move. If they’re spending less time moving less stuff, you’ll be spending less!
- Don’t Be Cheap– Get plenty of packing supplies. There’s nothing worse than starting a project only to have to stop it to go out and buy more stuff. You don’t want to lose you’re your momentum and if you’ve called in family or friends to help you then it’s a huge inconvenience. Chances are you’ll need more than you think you do. Don’t worry about getting stuck with a bunch of extra boxes. Most places will take back any unused boxes and other packing supplies. You’ll just want to make sure of their return policy before you buy. One more thing to note, garbage bags are NOT moving boxes.
- Take Your Time– don’t rush the packing process. Since your goal is to purge and only pack the things you need or love, be mindful of what you are packing. Make sure you’re using the right size box. If a box is not fully packed it can collapse down when others are stacked on it damaging the contents and causing a potential injury if the stack falls on you. You also don’t want to make boxes too heavy. This is also a great time to carefully label each box. There are almost always things you’ll want to find first. By labeling the contents of each box it will make the search much easier. Consider using a color coding system for each room. This way you’ll know which box goes in what room when your movers unload your boxes.
- Pack a “To Go” bag for Every Member of the Family– you may not be able to unpack everything in one day or night. In fact, if you’re trying to move with less stress you should not try to unpack everything the first day. So, make sure you bring an overnight back that includes 2 or 3 days’ worth of clothing, toiletries and important medications.
- Book’em– once you have an idea of when you will be moving be sure to schedule your mover. It’s important to do your research. Go online and take a look at reviews, ask for referrals and make sure any estimate involves a representative from the moving company actually coming to your place to see how much stuff you are moving. Quote online or over the phone are usually underestimated. You don’t want to be surprised by an unknown fee or charge. Movers have been known to hold a client’s contents until any outstanding disputes or balances are resolved.
- Change is Good– there is no doubt that moving can be a very stressful process, but it also provides new opportunities and adventures. Take time to enjoy what will be waiting for you on the other side of moving day. A new place, maybe a new job, meetng new people and most of all discovering something new about yourself are all waiting for you. With careful planning and a proactive approach to moving day you will worry less, stress less, spend less and enjoy more!