Let’s face it: moving is tough. It can be stressful, anxiety-producing, and challenging to balance in a busy life. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you’re wondering how to reduce the stress of your upcoming move, we are here to tell you that planning is everything.
Even a little bit of planning and preparation can go a long way to help you experience less anxiety during your transition. Our local movers will share a few of our top moving tips to help you enjoy a smooth, streamlined transition in this blog.
Let’s dive In.
5 Tips to Reduce the Stress of Your Next Move
Whether you are moving across the country or across the street, these tips will help you enjoy an easy, stress-free move:
1. Pick the right time
If you have a choice about when you get to move, we recommend planning the transition for the springtime. (or if spring isn’t an
option – during the middle of the week!)
Summer is the busiest moving season of the entire year. You may have to pay more for peak season rates, there may be a long wait to get on a moving company’s schedule, and moving during the heat of the season can be uncomfortable for everyone.
On the other hand, moving during the winter is cold, dreary, and challenging. The spring is a lower-volume time for moves that won’t put you at odds will all sorts of nasty weather systems. On spring days it stays light longer, and you will have your pick of moving teams and services to choose from.
2. Pack wisely
When it comes to moving, packing is half of the battle. With this in mind, we recommend that you start early and take some steps
to make the packing process as easy as possible. First, focus on decluttering before you begin putting things in boxes.
Go through your house room by room and get rid of anything you don’t use, don’t need, or have duplicates of. Donate it to a local thrift shop or send it to the dump if the item is beyond repair. Once you’ve decluttered, you can start packing.
We recommend packing your belongings by room, which will help keep your items organized when you unpack later. Use labels to mark your boxes. Ensure that you are always using durable, high-quality moving materials.
While it’s OK to repurpose boxes for some things, like linens, we recommend buying heavy-duty moving boxes for heavier items like books or keepsakes. Check out our tips on the most a moving box should weigh. If the thought of packing overwhelms you, remember that you can always hire a professional moving company to handle the job for you.
3. Ask for help
Speaking of moving companies, hiring a team of local or long-distance movers is the best way to reduce the stress of a transition and enjoy a streamlined move.
Moving companies like Master Movers offer various moving services, ranging from end to end, white-glove packing, lifting, moving, and transportation.
Pick a full package or choose from a la carte services that meet your needs.
Don’t be shy about asking for help from family and friends. Encourage the kids to pack up their toys and decide which they want to get rid of. Buy some pizzas and invite people over for a moving party. When it comes to moving, more hands make light work.
4. Give yourself plenty of time
In today’s competitive housing market, rushed moves are sometimes inevitable. Still, if you have time to plan the move in advance, we recommend giving yourself as much space as possible. Part of what makes moving so stressful is rushing through it.
If you can start packing and organizing months in advance, you will experience less anxiety and stress during the move itself. Ideally, we recommend preparing for your move 60-90 days before moving day.
5. Take breaks
Finally, remember to take care of yourself on moving day. Take regular breaks to eat a snack, get a drink of water, or rest your body. Moving is mentally and physically demanding work, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Remember that no matter what, the move will get done. The most important thing is for you to take care of yourself, your pets, and your family. Do what you need to do to stay sane and comfortable during the move, and rest easy in the knowledge that you will be in your new home before you know it.
Bonus Tip: Start small
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the big picture of your move? Take a breath, take a step back, and slow down. It’s overwhelming to think about moving like a big, monolithic thing. When you think of it as a series of small tasks, though, it gets easier.
So, we recommend starting there.
Instead of stressing over moving the whole house, focus on one area at a time. Pack the guest room closet. Get rid of extra junk in the garage. Pack the playroom. Pack kitchen equipment you rarely use.
Breaking the move into bite-sized chunks like this serves two purposes. First, it allows you to slow down and give yourself some space surrounding the move. Second, it will enable you to really focus on what you’re doing and execute your move well.
Master Movers: Moving Made Easy
At Master Movers, we know that moving can be an extensive process. That is where our team of professional, experienced movers comes in.
We help you handle every aspect of your move, from packing to transport and storage. Our team wants to reduce the stress of moving and help you tackle even long-distance moves as quickly and simply as possible.
Whether you need help packing your items, finding reliable storage, or moving your boxes, furniture, and all your belongings to a new location – we’re your one-stop-shop.
Give us a call today to learn more about our team or services or how we can help you find your way home.