6 Simple Tips That Make Moving Less Stressful
If you feel stressed out about your upcoming move, rest assured; it’s natural. Moving is actually one of the top five most stressful life events, right behind divorce and losing a job. While some stress is inevitable, you can eliminate much of your moving anxiety with these six tips.
Start Packing Early
You generally have 30 days after you give your notice to pack up and head out. While this may seem like a lot of time, it’ll fly by—especially if you’re moving to a new state and trying to see friends and family before leaving.
To alleviate last-minute packing stress, start early. Think: are there items you don’t use everyday that you can put into boxes right away? Toss that stuff into boxes and start piling them in the corner. Artwork and decorative items are easy to pack early as well. Other items to pack early include:
- Special-occasion cookware and utensils
- Extra towels and bathroom supplies
- Out-of-season clothing and shoes
- Junk drawer items like tape, pens, pencils, and notebooks
You can buy boxes from major office supply stores or get resourceful and ask around for what you need. Check Craigslist, where many people turn to purge their used boxes after moving. Don’t forget to ask your local liquor store and grocery stores, as well, since they usually discard boxes each week.
Focus on getting more boxes than you think you need. It’s easier to get rid of excess boxes than it is to scramble for more at the last minute. Using Moving.com’s Packing Calculator to find out how many boxes you need, what types of boxes, along with necessary packing supplies.
When you pack in a hurry, you run the risk of forgetting important items, but you also make your life harder when it’s time to unpack. If you rush through the packing process, you won’t know where certain things are. On your first night, you’ll spend ten minutes searching through random boxes to find the pots to cook your first dinner and the toilet paper to use the bathroom. Instead, keep this pro tip in mind:
“Pack your belongings room by room to make unpacking easier,” experts from Abba & Sons Moving recommend. They continue: “Label each box with your name, the room the box goes to, and a brief description of the contents. Mark items you’ll need right away once you move with ‘Unpack First,’ and mark only truly fragile items with ‘Fragile.'”
It may take you longer to pack when organizing in this way, but will save you time and energy in the long run.
Make a To-Do List and Prioritize the Items
Besides packing up your stuff, there are countless things to take care of before you move. For example, you need to cancel utilities at your current residence and make sure you have your electricity turned on at your new apartment. Prioritize more time-consuming items, like returning cable boxes and changing your address, and make a timeline of when you’ll get everything done.
Here are a few items that may be on your timeline:
- Schedule movers / or enlist friends to help
- Get boxes
- Cancel utilities
- Start utilities at your new place (gas and electric, water and power, cable/internet)
- Change your address
- Return cable boxes and remotes
- Clean your house/apartment
- Walk through with your landlord
Downsize if Possible
Sorting through clothes, books and personal items may be the last thing you want to do before you move. Starting with a clean slate in your new apartment, however, will make you feel ready to start fresh, rather than being weighted down by all the same items you never used. Not to mention getting rid of clutter can help relieve your moving anxiety:
“Minimize the junk that’s clogging your closets, and you’ll automatically breathe a sigh of relief. Clear the clutter from your home by organizing things you no longer need into three piles: Sell, Donate, and Toss,” explain experts from Tulia, on Forbes.
You can sell clothes, books, furniture and electronics on Craigslist or an app like letgo. You may even make a few bucks that you can put towards your moving expenses. Add this to your moving timeline to make sure you get it done in time.
Keep a Box for Moving-Day and Last-Minute Items
As you pack, put together items you will need the day of your move. This includes personal items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and moving and packing supplies like scissors, packing tape, and sharpies and last few odds and ends—where you always end up having.
Reducing moving stress is simple. When you’re organized and prepared for your move, you can focus on being excited to move, rather than stressed.