It is a well-known fact that stress is inevitable as you go through the moving process. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce stressful situations as you start working on everything that needs to be done for the move.
Whilst hiring professional removalists can significantly lighten your workload for the move, there are still situations that may challenge your patience and problem-solving skills. In case you’re opting for a DIY move, things can get more challenging as your moving day approaches. For this reason, proper planning and immediate action can make things less stressful for you.
Here are some things that you can do to make your moving experience less stressful:
1. Start planning and preparing as early as possible
Giving yourself ample time to plan and prepare for your move can help reduce stress by allowing you to take care of tasks gradually, rather than all at once.
As soon as you have a moving date or location in mind, you can start planning the other details of the move. Spend enough time researching about requirements for moving to your chosen location, as well as tips to complete the process without delay.
2. Create a detailed moving checklist
A checklist can help you keep track of all the tasks that need to be done, and ensure that nothing is forgotten.
Once you know what you will need for the move, create a detailed checklist of all the tasks that you will need to accomplish before, during, and after the move. You can list down the tasks and set a deadline for completing them based on their importance.
3. Sort and declutter your belongings before packing
This will not only make packing easier, but it can also help you to let go of items you no longer need or use, which can reduce stress and clutter in your new home.
Having less items will help reduce the amount of packing materials you will need for the move. It also gives you more room for newer items that will look better in your new home. Get rid of old or worn-out items and try to use up all perishable goods before your scheduled moving day. Unused items and other goods that are still in good condition may be recycled, sold, or donated.
4. Hire a reputable moving company or rent a moving truck
A professional moving company can take care of many of the heavy lifting and logistics of a move, which can help to reduce stress.
Depending on the size of your move and the location of your new home, it may be more practical to hire professional removalists to help relocate your belongings. Whilst a DIY move may be more practical for small local moves, seeking professional help is more ideal for big long-distance moves. Aside from their knowledge and experience in packing and moving various items, they also have the right tools and equipment to safely handle different moving-related tasks.
5. Label all boxes clearly and keep an inventory list
This will help you to keep track of your belongings and make it easier to find items once you’ve moved into your new home. You might also want to create an inventory of the items you will be taking with you.
When packing many items into different boxes or containers, it’s challenging to remember where everything is placed. Aside from packing, you also need to divide your attention between other moving-related tasks that require more than just manual labour, making it easier to forget where certain items are placed and where specific boxes will go in your new home. To make it easier to unpack and organise your belongings in your new home, add proper labels to each box/container to indicate its contents and which room it belongs to.
6. Pack a “first night” box with essentials for your first night in your new home
Having essentials like bedding, toiletries, and a change of clothes readily available can help you to feel more settled and less stressed in your new home.
If you have scheduled a different delivery date for your goods, consider packing enough items to last a few days to make sure you will have everything you need until your items arrive. Depending on the distance between your new and old residences, it may take several days before your items are delivered to your new home. Anticipate delays due to unfortunate events which may occur whilst your goods are being transported. It does not happen often, but it’s beneficial that you prepare for such instances.
7. Reach out to friends and family for help and support
Moving can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, but having the support of friends and family can make it less so. They may be able to help you with tasks like packing, or simply provide a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on.
Asking for help can significantly reduce the stress of moving, especially when you have kids around. Consider asking your family or a close friend to look after your children whilst you finish packing and everything needed for the move.