Moving to a new home in order to advance your career in another city, get closer to family, start a new family or downsize can be an exciting time of life. However, it’s a big project that requires a LOT of planning, and the stress can make the whole process miserable.
To help insure your new start is as fun and exciting as can be, we came up with 6 ways to reduce stress when moving.
Plan Ahead and Create a Schedule
One of the main reasons why moving is stressful is because it is easy to see moving day inexoribly approach. The days tick by, and you’re in a count down to manage moving day efficiently and effectively. Suddenly, moving day is upon you, usually before you feel ready.
You will massively reduce stress if you create a schedule which details ALL the things that must be done. Set up a rough timeline of key activities to have a better idea about how to work efficiently and better. For example, when are you going to pack up each room? How will you organize the boxes so they go on the truck in order for the most essential items to be readily available once you land in your new home.
Local coach Vic Lindal tells his clients to use “end point vision” to run a mental movie about how you want everything to look when you’ve reached your objective, that being, happily settled in your new home. Then “backward shape” it by seeing what has to occur right before your end point, then what must happen before that, and so on. Vic says this is a far more effective way to complete a big project like a move.
Of course, we suggest you book a moving company as soon as possible to make sure you have your moving day secured.
Use Checklists to Get Organized
Now that you have a better idea of how the day will look like, it’s time to start figuring out the details.
Creating checklists ensures you’re prepared for the move, which helps reduce stress while moving. Nothing’s worse than when you know what you need to do but don’t know how to do it.
By creating a checklist of items you need to do in order to perform the scheduled activity, this will help you manage time better and get the move running smoothly.
Luckily for you, we created blogs that will help you with getting organized. There are a lot more you can read, but here’s the essentials:
- What to Do the Week Before You Move
- What You Should Do the day Before You Move
- How to Stay Organized when Moving
- What to do the Day of the Move
Once you’ve read these blogs, you’ll probably slowly understand how much things costs. Another way to help reduce stress when moving you should draft out a budget.
Figure Out Your Costs & Set a Budget
Moving day expenses add up. By understanding what costs you will incur on moving will reduce stress when moving.
Expenses include items like boxes and materials, hiring a moving company, food/snacks to stay nourished, and appliances and furniture you decided to buy during moving day. These expenses can add up and without a good idea of what you need to spend and how much can get really ugly fast.
Set a realistic budget for your move and set aside money for:
- Must have costs such as materials and help (if you hired for professional help),
- Discretionary costs like food, drinks/coffee, household supplies, and gas (if you’re driving), and
- Unexpected costs, which can be anything and everything you could possibly spend on during the move.
By identifying what these costs are, you won’t need to worry about if you have enough money and have a stress-free move!
Declutter Your Home
Another way to help reduce stress when moving is to start decluttering your home. Put this as one of the first few things on your schedule to help manage your move much easier. Having a cramped, unorganized space adds on to the stress and makes packing more challenging.
But starting off with decluttering your home, you’re doing two things at once: clearing out items you don’t need for the move and packing the things you want to move with you. This helps you organize what you need to for your new home, what you need to throw away, donate, sell, or put into storage.
Decluttering your home will also help with clearing up space for organizing your boxes and other items. This can help your move easier to monitor, makes your space more manageable to move around, and clears your head to focus on the better things – yourself.
Taking Care of Yourself While Moving
Lastly, another way to reduce stress while moving is focusing on self-care. Despite all the planning and organization, your real focus on the move should be yourself. If you’re moving alone, this is especially important.
By taking a mental break from planning the move, you’re allowing yourself some air to breathe and think more. We understand that moving is stressful, so why not take a 5- or 10-minute break to clear your head, have some alone time, and jump back into the swing of things.
If you’re mentally or physically exhausted, you won’t be working efficiently, thinking straight, and create a stressful move. Your new home should be the space that helps you take care of yourself, not contribute to stress.
There are many other ways to reduce stress while moving. These are just some of the ways we help our customers get through one of the most exciting times of their lives. Hendra Moving is a family-owned company, and we treat each customer like one too.
Contact us today or fill out our request a quote to see how we can help you have a non-stressful move!