From choosing the perfect realtor to finding the ideal home and packing everything you own into cardboard boxes, moving can be a pretty overwhelming experience. Whether you're changing cities and looking to start your life fresh, or you simply want to move up in the world to a bigger home, getting all your important possessions from one place to another can be difficult.
The good news is that if you're worried about the stresses associated with moving, there are a few things you can do to avoid tearing your hair out over the next few months. Here are our simple tips for taking the stress out of the moving process.
1. Start Packing as Soon as Possible
Nobody really enjoys packing, but that doesn't mean that you should leave the job until the last minute. Ideally, you'll want to start packing several weeks before you move, so you don't end up rushing around looking for bubble wrap the day before moving day.
The earlier you start packing the easier it will be for you to start purging and removing items you don't want or need to take with you. Instead of hoarding items that you don't really care about anymore, make sure that you're selective with your packing choices.
2. Make Lists and Labels
Sometimes, the easiest way to ensure an easy move is to be as organized as possible. Labels and lists, either on your smartphone or written out by hand can be a great way to keep track of the things that matter most to you during the move.
Grab a permanent marker while you're filling boxes and remember to label everything with in-depth information that will be useful later. Rather than just writing "bedroom", try something like "bedroom: blankets and cushions."
3. Ask for Help
Sometimes, asking for help isn't easy - particularly when you know other people in your social circle are busy living their own lives. However, if you're thinking of relocating to a new town, asking for help might be a great way to have a few fun final moments with the people close-by before you go somewhere new.
Spending time together before a big move can be a great way to get some closure, even if you plan to come back and visit friends and family as often as possible.
4. Say Goodbye
While moving home can be a fast-paced and stressful process in any set of circumstances, it becomes particularly overwhelming when you're moving somewhere new. For instance, if you're thinking of moving to Tennessee, then it might be worth sitting down with friends and family and showing them pictures of where you're going to live.
While you're "saying goodbye", you can also plan ways to visit each other in the future. Look for flights and transportation and make plans on when you're going to meet up again next. This can make the transition feel much less upsetting.
5. Look After Yourself
Finally, remember that no matter what you do, moving is always going to be one of the most stressful experiences a person can face. With that in mind, it's important to spend time looking after yourself and giving your family the care they need. Get plenty of restful sleep, and make sure that you don't skip meals and live on energy drinks instead.
Thanks so much to Bellhops for guest writing this post.