5 Ways to Make Moving Less Stressful May 17, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
The weather is getting warmer, and that means more and more people are gearing up to move! Whether you’re upgrading, moving out on your own for the first time, or simply want a change or scenery, moving can be a stressful time. But if you take charge of the move you can make sure it’s the least stressful moving experience you’ll ever have!
Make A Plan
The key to most things in life is to make sure you have a plan. Draft a schedule and a checklist and be realistic about the timeframe. Factor in some spare time because when you’re doing a big move, you’re bound to run into some issue, delaying everything else. If you don’t prepare ahead of time, it makes more work (and more stress) when the time arrives. You can’t pack up your entire life in a rush and expect things to be done properly!
One of the most annoying and stressful parts of moving is discovering a whole bunch of mystery stuff that you don’t remember, or moving old items that you don’t even want anymore. When you’re packing up your current residence, always purge anything that you don’t want anymore. Donate any useful items to a charity, and get rid of the stuff that’s broken or damaged. This will help reduce the amount that you have to move! If you can go through your things a couple of months before you move, then it won’t seem overbearing when it comes time to pack everything up.
Sort and Pack
Have a system when you’re sorting and packing. Keep your kitchen stuff together, your bathroom stuff together, your bedroom stuff together and your living area stuff together. This makes it easier and less stressful to unpack and organize once you have all of your possessions in your new place. Label every single box so you know what’s inside, and wrap delicate items in a ton of bubble wrap and newspaper, so there’s less chance of breakage.
Boxes are that necessary evil that everyone has to deal with when they move. It’s hard to justify purchasing a whole bunch of them when you know you’re going to recycle them the next week. If you want to save some money, visit your local grocery or liquor store and ask if they have any extra boxes that they don’t need, because chances are they do and they’d be more than happy to give some to you. If you want another option, you can rent plastic boxes that don’t need to be thrown away. Look for a company in your area and they’ll deliver the boxes for you and pick them up when you’re done.
Moving can be a highly stressful job but do your best to make the most of it and have some fun. Have your friends help you and reward them with their favorite take-out, popping some bubbles, or a great bottle of wine. Play some upbeat music or a favorite TV show. Whatever you decide, keep everyone happy and on the same page and it will make your move SO much easier and less stressful.