5 tips from a mover!

FOR A STRESS-FREE MOVE

NICHE Magazne - - #nichenatural - by Pa­trick El­li­son

Whether you are mov­ing for an ex­cit­ing new op­por­tu­nity or due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, mov­ing can be a tax­ing event. Leav­ing your neigh­bor­hoods, friends and your home, as well as the mem­o­ries at­tached to it, can bring up feel­ings you didn't even know you had. But the good news is mov­ing doesn't have to be stress­ful — and if you can an­tic­i­pate lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges as well as your emo­tions, you can make mov­ing al­most fun! From years of mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I have com­piled 5 tips to help you com­plete your move stress free.

1. MAKE A PLAN

The num­ber one way to al­le­vi­ate mov­ing day stress is to cre­ate a game plan and give your­self as much time as pos­si­ble. There are lots of re­sources out there to help, like our mov­ing day check­list that takes the guess­work out of what needs to be done. Even if you're a pro­cras­ti­na­tor, you can quickly check off all of the boxes and make sure you don't miss any­thing im­por­tant.

If you are hir­ing a mover, call early for an es­ti­mate and get an­swers to your mov­ing day ques­tions. Plan­ning ahead will also give you time to prop­erly say your good­byes if you're mov­ing to a new city. Not rushing your farewells will help you feel less emo­tional and stressed come mov­ing day.

2. STAY POS­I­TIVE

If you are hav­ing a tough time stay­ing pos­i­tive dur­ing your move, try to change your mind­set and be op­ti­mistic. Mov­ing can be a great op­por­tu­nity for you to de­clut­ter your life and re­build your space ex­actly how you want it. Psych your­self up about the chance to get rid of old items you haven't used in years. You can even do­nate them to a good cause. You'll have less to move and will feel good about your con­tri­bu­tions.

3. GET SOME REST

When you are tired, it can af­fect your emo­tional and phys­i­cal well­be­ing. You can be­come easily ag­i­tated, im­pa­tient and for­get­ful, which is not what you want when you are fin­ish­ing those last minute mov­ing de­tails. Make sleep a pri­or­ity and turn the lights out

early the day be­fore your big move (and in the weeks prior). Wak­ing up re­freshed will make the day less stress­ful and keep you clear-headed to ac­com­plish your mov­ing day goals.

4. THE RIGHT SUP­PLIES

Know­ing you have prop­erly pro­tected your items will help re­lieve stress. News­pa­pers are good for pack­ing your less frag­ile items (but keep in mind that reg­u­lar news­pa­per can bleed ink, so white pack­ing pa­per may be a bet­ter op­tion for more del­i­cate pieces). For your frag­ile items, bub­ble wrap is the best choice. You can also use pack­ing peanuts to fill in empty spa­ces in your mov­ing boxes to pre­vent shift­ing and dam­age in tran­sit. Mov­ing blan­kets are a good idea for big ticket items (such as fur­ni­ture and ap­pli­ances) to keep them scratch free.

If fund­ing al­lows, in­vest in proper mov­ing boxes to en­sure the in­tegrity and clean­li­ness of your boxes. They will be eas­ier to load into the truck be­cause they will all be the same size.. New boxes are also a clean slate which will make your la­bel­ing clear. There will be no con­fu­sion about what is break­able and where it goes when you ar­rive at your des­ti­na­tion.

5. ASK FOR HELP

Lastly, don't shy away from ask­ing for help. Reach out to your friends and fam­ily to sup­port you dur­ing your move. Hav­ing a sup­port net­work will al­le­vi­ate some of your emo­tional stress dur­ing your move. If you are a do-it-your­selfer and don't want to reach out to friends and fam­ily to do the heavy lift­ing, be sure to hire movers. Re­search your mover and make sure they can han­dle not only the lo­gis­ti­cal as­pects of your move, but the emo­tional ones, too. When you have a pro­fes­sional that gen­uinely cares about your per­sonal well-be­ing and the safety of your be­long­ings, your move will be al­most fun. Leave the lo­gis­tics to the pro­fes­sion­als and use your ex­tra time to prop­erly say your farewells as you em­bark on your new ad­ven­ture.

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