It’s moving season! Studies show that 80 percent of people in the US move between April and September, making these months peak moving season. Whether it’s across the street or across the country, moving can be extremely stressful. In fact, moving houses is regularly listed as one of life’s most stressful events. Keeping this in mind, it’s important to do everything you can to make your move a little easier.
Having moved all the way from one country to another for work, I’ve had some experience with the stresses of moving. I’m going to share some of the lessons I learned from moving that will hopefully help make your move stress-free!
Create a Budget
Since there are many expenses associated with moving, it’s wise to make a budget that covers all integral expenditures. There are plenty of moving calculators that allow you to estimate the overall cost of moving, and these will help you budget accordingly and in advance. This way, you won’t be off guard at the last-minute in terms of finances.
Take Your Time
Give yourself plenty of time when it comes to moving. Start by making a schedule that allows sufficient time for every task, from purging to packing. Don’t try and rush moving with the idea that you’ll be able to get things done faster. No doubt you will end up forgetting certain tasks, leading to confusion later on. Follow your schedule and try to start as early as you can. This way you won’t get overly tired and burnt out trying to fit all of your tasks in a short period of time. Pace yourself comfortably, and be thorough and efficient while completing tasks.
Spend some time getting rid of things you don’t want or need. A good rule of thumb is to remove everything that you don’t use or have any sentimental attachment to. Decluttering your home is a great way to minimize stress since it makes packing easier. Additionally, purging means that you’ll have less stuff to unpack in your new home — overall it’s a win-win situation!
After you’ve made the decision as to what you will store and what you will purge, your important things (such as insurance papers, passports, wills and more) should be stored safely in a folder or box. You need to be sure to keep this box in a place where it cannot get lost, especially during the hustle and bustle of packing and on the day of moving. As a backup measure, make sure to scan these documents and save electronic copies on your computer.
Use a Checklist
The internet is full of checklists for moving, ranging from basic to extremely detailed. I would suggest finding a handy checklist that suits your needs to use as a reference. As it gets closer to moving day, your checklist will be your saving grace, making sure you don’t forget any essentials amidst other hectic activities. I love this guide that comprehensively outlines what needs to happen prior to moving and when, divided into weekly categories starting about a month before moving day.
Pack a Moving Day Survival Kit
A moving day survival kit prevents you from having to rummage through various boxes and bags for everyday items, making your move much easier. Ideally, this kit should contain all the items you need to get through an entire day such as toiletries, chargers, snacks, water, and a change of clothes. After a busy and tiring day of moving, you’ll simply want to crawl into bed rather than having to look around for toothbrush or a pair of pajamas. Your moving day survival kit is your one-stop shop for these essentials, ensuring that you make it through the day and start afresh the following day, ready to unpack.
Use Professional Help
When you’re moving, you’ll be placing all your beloved possessions in the care of another — and so you want to make sure the removal company and movers you hire are extremely professional. Notify the company you choose in advance of your needs, and insist on a pre-move visit so that they can properly prepare for the actual moving day. Some companies may even offer a packing service; taking advantage of this will save you a lot of energy and ease your stress levels significantly. It is vital to hire well-recommended professionals, as the last thing you want to deal with is an unprofessional moving and transportation company on top of other issues that might crop up on moving day. Consult your friends who have moved for recommendations and make sure to thoroughly research the policies of the movers you choose before hiring them.
I know how nerve wracking all the stages of moving can be, and I can’t emphasize enough the need for thorough planning to make the entire process easier. Implementing these tips well in advance should help make your move stress-free. Do you have a lot of experience with moving? What would you recommend to make your move less stressful? Let us know in the comments below!
Author Bio: Akshata Mehta has a passion for traveling and exploring the world. She is very interested in entrepreneurship and sustainability in everyday life. Being a foodie, she spends a good amount of time cooking up concoctions in her kitchen, recording her recipes and travel adventures on her blog, With Love From Akshata.