Ask any professional mover, or even someone who has moved more times than they can count – moving is stressful and that is something that we unfortunately have no control over.
However, there are things that you can do before and during your move to minimize the stress and increase the fun – spoiler alert: it’s all in the mind and the preparation, of course!
Moving is considered one of life’s most stressful events and that’s because it involves a lot of small details, none of which can be overlooked. We could keep you busy for hours talking about all the things that you should remember when you are preparing to move.
In addition to all the administrative details that you need to remember, there is a lot of physical work that will need to be done too; packing, painting, refilling holes in the walls, moving heavy furniture, packing boxes, and more. All this in addition to daily tasks such as work, cooking food, and let’s not forget getting enough sleep in between it all.
All of this combined into one package, and you may feel like you are crumbling under all the pressure. This is why you should follow these tips on how to make your move even just a little less stressful:
It may seem counterintuitive, but when you accept that you will likely be experiencing increased levels of stress during your move, you can make friends with the stress, rather than resisting it.
Stress is something that we can never fully avoid in this life, but what we can do is choose how we respond to it and by accepting it, we turn it into something that can used as a character-building exercise. This is especially true for temporary stress such as moving.
And stay organized! As soon as you know you are going to move, start making a list of everything that you need to do, every phone call that you need to make, every supply that you need to buy. Make a habit of writing things down as you are thinking about them, rather than trying to create an exhaustive list in one sitting.
You may even want to allocate certain tasks to certain dates if you feel that may make it easier for you to manage everything, or perhaps you want to organize them according to level of importance. Either way, as soon as you have completed a task, tick it off and move onto the next one.
A lot of moving stress comes from the idea of change. Change is always scary and can feel overwhelming to those who find solace in their comfort zones. However, change can also bring so much positivity into your life and who knows what the next chapter may hold for you.
So, try to stay focused on the positive growth that comes from change, rather than the familiarity you will be leaving behind.
There are studies that suggest that clutter in our homes can cause clutter in our minds. When you decide that you are going to be moving, we suggest that you immediately start decluttering. If you have read any of our previous articles, you will see that decluttering is something we place a major emphasis on, and for good reason.
Clutter is stressful and time-consuming. The more clutter you have, the longer it’s going to take for you to pack up and unpack in your new home. Then, you will need to find a place in your new home for all the stuff you never use and don’t need. This creates even more stress, so you end up stuffing things into invisible spaces because you are too tired and too busy to do anything else and your new home becomes as cluttered as your previous one and your subconscious stress levels remain high.
Decluttering is one of the most valuable, liberating things you can do for yourself before and during your move. Additionally, it gives you an opportunity to donate stuff you don’t use to people who are less fortunate than you.
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