There’s no question it’s best to minimize moving stress because it is a chaotic and frustrating process. Moving can even be part of first-time home buyer expenses, costing hundreds of dollars when hiring a service. But, it’s something most people do a few or more times in their lifetimes. When it does come time to move, you’ll be amazed at just how much stuff there is and this can really be overwhelming. So, it’s important to know how to minimize moving stress.
Ways to Minimize Moving Stress
One thing to avoid is procrastination. The longer you put it off, the more stressful and unorganized you’ll be and that’s a recipe for sheer misery. It’s best to get an early start to the process so it’s smoother and less anxiety inducing. About three weeks prior to moving day, it’s time to start eating all the non-perishables in the pantry. This will help cut down on things you’ve got to box up to take with you.
Whether you’ve decided to accept a new job offer in another city, found the perfect apartment on Trulia, or finally closed on the home of your dreams, a fresh start is always exciting. Packing all your belongings into boxes and lugging it all to a new home? Not so much. We get it. Moving can be crazy and stressful — but there are ways to survive the process without aging yourself prematurely. —Time.com
Two weeks prior to moving day, begin emptying the freezer, eating those frozen foods. This is also a good time to go through any leftovers, so you don’t have too much to deal with when it comes to the refrigerator. Also about two weeks prior, start to go through each room to purge stuff by throwing out, selling, donating, and giving away items. Basically, the less you have to move the less it will cost to move. Here are some more helpful ways to minimize moving stress:
- Enlist the help of family and friends. If you’re forgoing hiring a moving company to help out, then get family and friends to lend a helping hand. It’s best to give each person a task and don’t invite too many people. That will create chaos and be difficult to manage. Have something to offer, like pizza, snacks, and drinks when you’re finished moving or packing up vehicles.
- Let your neighbors know when you’re moving. Have you ever noticed the traffic lights all turn red when you’re in a hurry? Or that lanes are blocked on the one side you need to be to make a turn or merge? The same phenomenon could well happen to you when your neighbors all park and block the street on moving day. So, let them know the day and time frame.
- Devise a plan to keep children and/or pets occupied. Another stressful part of moving are the presence of children and pets running about. It adds confusion and creates anxiety and frustration. That doesn’t need to be a reality and you can avoid it by having a plan.
- Make up a detailed moving list. You can easily find a moving list template that suits you online. Use one so you are organized and can check off this, that, and the other. You’ll find it really takes a lot of guesswork out of moving, something that will smooth out the transition.
- Walk-through the house more than one time. When you think everything is out of the house, do a walk-through to check for forgotten items. Have someone else do the same so you don’t miss anything. Additionally, be prepared to clean after moving out to leave the place in good condition.
If you’d like to know more about how to reduce moving stress and the home buying or selling process, please phone me at 407-616-7286, I’ll be happy to speak with you.