Moving houses is one of the most stressful experiences one can experience. Though you might be eager to move into your new home, you know there’s an endless list of tasks that must be completed before moving day.
With little time to complete them all and a looming deadline, it’s no surprise you might be stressed out when you think about your upcoming move. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to eliminate last-minute rushing and make sure you’re ready come moving day, so you can reduce your stress.
1. Declutter Ahead of Time
If you’re looking for a new home or you’ve just given your notice to vacant your current address, now’s the time to start decluttering. There are likely a number of items in your home you rarely or never use, that don’t hold any sentimental value, and that you won’t miss if they’re gone. Weeks or, ideally, months, before moving day, take time out of your schedule to declutter your home. Commit half an hour a day to go through your possessions and donate or throw out items you don’t need. At the end of the day, this will leave you with fewer items to pack up and move, reducing stress.
2. Make a Packing Schedule
It can be overwhelming to think about starting to pack up your possessions. There are so many dressers, desks, and drawers to go through, not to mention the basement and the attic to sift through. Instead of panicking, make a packing schedule where you indicate which room you’ll tackle on which day. This will not only ensure you commit enough time to packing, but it will also make packing more manageable.
3. Label Everything
You might think you’ll remember where one box or one bin should go in the next house, but you’ll likely quickly get overwhelmed and confused if you don’t properly label your boxes. This can make moving items into the new home more time-consuming and frustrating, while also likely requiring you to move boxes more than once if you place them in the wrong room. Labelling each box with the contents and the room it should go will make moving a much more efficient process.
4. Pack an Overnight Bag
There will be items you’ll need the day you move in or the next morning when you wake up. This can include clothing, your coffee maker and mugs, and your toothbrush and a towel. Create a bag just for these items you’ll need immediately, so you don’t have to stress about unpacking multiple boxes to find these items.
5. Hire Packing Services
If you’re moving at the last minute and you simply don’t have enough time to pack all your belongings yourself between your work and family responsibilities, it might be worth investing in packing services. A moving company can send workers over to pack your possessions for you, which can significantly reduce your stress.
6. Hire Movers
You may have a long list of friends and family members who have offered to help you move. Some of them may even have pick-up trucks. Though this might seem like a good idea initially, you’ll soon realize that handling the move on your own will just increase your stress levels. After all, your friends don’t have the training or experience to move your furniture safely. They may need to make multiple trips, leading to a long day or a move that takes multiple days to complete. Hiring a moving company is the more efficient and effective choice. Movers will swiftly move all your possessions, they can offer moving insurance, and they will take less time.