If you’ve moved before, it can be easy to forget how much time and work goes into moving and how stressful it can become. The tasks can easily pile up and if you’re not careful, you can fall behind. With so much going on, anyone can fall prey to stress and anxiety. So, before that happens, remember to follow these tips to make your move as easy and stress-free as possible.
Make a ‘To-Do’ List
First and foremost, make a to-do list. There are going to be many things that come to mind, and the list of tasks to complete on moving day will pile up in your head. Without writing them down, you’re sure to forget something. Keep a running to-do list somewhere that is easily-accessible (like hanging on your refrigerator or on a cupboard in your kitchen). The easy access will make it simple to add items when they come to mind or cross them off when they are completed. The best way to keep your to-do list organized is if you make it an actual check list. Each time you complete one of your moving-day tasks, you will be able to have the satisfaction of checking off another box.
Get Organized, and Stay Organized
One of the best ways to avoid the stress of a big move is by staying on top of your organization. Get your household items out of their nooks and crannies and organize them. Organizing things by room (such as kitchen items) versus the type of item is totally up to you and the way you wish to unpack. Having your things compartmentalized before they are packed will save you so much time from rummaging through boxes later.
Take Time for Yourself
If running brings you peace, wake up a few minutes earlier on move-in day and go for a run. Same for yoga, painting, reading, or meditation. Moving days are long and tiring – take time at the beginning of the day before the chaos ensues to get yourself centered and mentally prepared.
Start your day off with healthy food, and keep that going throughout. Foods that are high in protein will keep your energy levels high throughout the entire day. Having enough energy for moving day is extremely important, especially because you will be doing a lot of moving around for (most likely) a very long time. Foods that are high in sugars and fats are less likely to keep you energized and will leave you fatigued and unmotivated.
Build Your “Team”
It’s tempting to ask a bunch of family members and friends to help you, but be selective. You don’t want to be spending your moving day running around answering questions. Pick a few people that know your house well and can maneuver around it without having you hold their hand.
Keep Kids/Pets Occupied
If you have either pets or kids, make sure they are occupied for the move. Think of any nearby relatives, and ask if your kids (or pets) could be at their house for the day, so as to ensure they are not in the way of the movers and don’t get hurt. If that is not an option, have an arsenal of activities ready for your kids, such as coloring book, games, or electronics. For pets, be sure to bring their toys and treats as well. Having a plan to keep kids and pets occupied in advance will bring you less stress on the big day.
Don’t Bring Things You Don’t Need
Decluttering before you move will be a huge help on moving day. If you only bring the things you need, you will feel far less overwhelmed with the extra clutter and will be able to fill your new space with newer and more fun items that you actually may need.
Odds are, people are going to be asking you questions all day. If you are quick to get stressed, this is only going to elevate on moving day. Try to do your best to stop and take a deep breath each time you feel that you are getting overwhelmed.
Rely on Your Support Systems
If you have people that have offered to help, take their offers. You don’t have to be a one-person moving machine. Rely on the people in your life that you know are going to be able to keep you calm, or help you out in some way. Getting through this big transition is going to be far easier if you have a team of supporters.
Follow these 9 tips to decrease stress as much as possible on moving day, and keep checking back to our blog for more advice on how to go about your move.