Yes, having a stress-free move sounds almost impossible. But is it really? Of course, it is not. In the following article, we will give you some advice that will help you achieve moving without tension.
Make a good plan
We say this a lot, I know. The truth is – it is really important to plan out your every single move when changing address. There is never too much time when moving and unexpected situations and mistakes occur. So, be prepared for every possible outcome if you plan to have a stress-free move!
Take your time
Take a deep breath. Get your planner and start writing down everything that comes to your mind. And I mean everything. Don’t even try to trust your memory. Giving yourself enough time will prepare you mentally and give you enough space. It will also ensure you don’t exhaust yourself trying to fit too many tasks into a short period of time. If you want a stress-free move, pace yourself and don’t leave it all to the last minute.
Create a budget
It is easy to lose nerves, and it is even easier to lose money while moving. As I said previously, the key to having a stress-free move is having a great strategy, and that includes not only polished time table but also a planned budget. It is important to be aware of all the costs of the moving process. Try to estimate costs and budget accordingly.
This is the best time to get rid of old beauty products that you’ll never use, old, ripped bedding and towels, and kitchen items that you never even touched. It may seem silly, but this step is crucial in two ways.
- You can make some money and help your budget by decluttering your house. Even if you are a super neat person – you will find some unwanted items in your home. And you should make sure to get rid of them. You can sell some items online or you can organize a garage sale. Your choice really.
- Option two is to donate to those in need, recycle, giveaway to friends or just to throw away undesirable items. Any way you go – you will give yourself a stress-free move. Getting rid of some of this items will take the anxiety off your back and save you time while packing.
Make sure all your important documents are in the safe place
Before you start packing and chaos is welcomed into your home, store your documents in a safe place. There is no way to have a stress-free move when you don’t know where your passport and house deeds are. Store all important files, passports, medical documents, wills and insurance papers in one box and ensure easy access. Also, it is a good idea to place this box somewhere where you will not lose or forget it.
And if it is possible, create electronic duplicates of significant documents by scanning them onto a computer.
Having a stress-free move means being flexible
It is hard to keep yourself from stressing when everything you know is changing. Being flexible to changes will keep stress levels down. Getting started on your tasks early should give you some breathing room, but obstacles will occur – so be prepared. Plan on how to go forward, one step at a time. If you want to be extra secure, it may be worth having a backup plan, but it is not of vital importance. Just keep up your productivity, and things will be okay in time.
Don’t forget to sleep and breathe
Press pause from time to time. Killing yourself over tasks will wear you out, and you definitely don’t want that to happen. Go visit your new area, meet new neighbors and think positive thoughts. Wish for the best, and don’t be afraid. Mistakes happen to everyone. That’s just the way life is. Make sure not to put sleep on the back burner. You are more likely to feel overcome by stress if you don’t rest enough. Moving can take a lot out of you both physically and psychologically. Allow yourself to properly recharge, and you’ll be more competent to do things the right way.
Pack a survival kit
Yeah. Pack one suitcase that contains essentials and live out of it one month prior to the move. This bag should contain things such as towels, spare clothes, toiletries, phone chargers, etc. Your last night in your old home will be overwhelming enough so be sure to avoid the mad scramble to find a toothbrush or medicine.
It is important that you have everything readily available so you can have your stress-free move.
You can pay your friend with pizza or hire a moving company. It is really your choice. But make sure to make a good one. It is much cheaper to have your friends move the heavy boxes, but it is also much safer to go with the moving company. Experienced movers will take care of your belongings the way you would, and no harm will be done. And you want your things to arrive at the new place in one peace. And if something breaks – most moving companies have insurance policies in place, so this is the safest way to go if you want to have a stress-free moving experience.
Make your moving system
The best advice we can give you if you want to have a stress-free move is to spend some time labeling the boxes. It may not make a lot of sense to you at this point, but when you arrive at your new apartment, believe me, it will. Staying organized helps with everything. Get some markers, and dedicate each color to a different room. Color-code will help your friends or movers to be sure exactly where to drop each box. Number your moving boxes by priority. This way, you will know in what order to unpack.