5 tips from a mover!
FOR A STRESS-FREE MOVE
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.