Just thinking about moving can cause you to start feeling stressed out. You might want to put it off for as long as you can, but if you do that, you may also feel even more pressure and discomfort. Instead, calm yourself by using these tips so you can get things done and settle into a new home.
Clean Up First
Long before you start working on packing things up, it will cut down on your stress levels to be sure that every item you pack is one that you can't live without. A lot of people make the mistake of packing things that they don't really use, only to have more boxes and bags to transport and later figure out what to do with them. It will be much easier to go through each room and be honest about each item's usefulness in your life.
You might, for instance, go through a closet and get rid of unused clothing and shoes by donating them to a local thrift store or having a yard sale. You may realize that you don't need all the mugs in your cabinet or all the linens in your closets. By paring down the amount of your belongings before you move, you'll give yourself less things to pack up and get to the new house.
Particularly stressful for anyone moving can be the unexpected costs you incur. The cost of bubble wrap, boxes and other materials can start to build up. That's why it's vital that you make a plan to control costs before starting the moving process. Set aside a certain dollar amount and do your best to adhere to that amount. Look for ways to save, such as getting free boxes from local retailers who get regular deliveries or wrapping breakables in towels, sheets and other soft belongings.
Make a List
It's easy to get confused and distracted during the entire moving process. You've got to disconnect services in one home and have them connected in the new one, you've got to clean out the old house, you need to purchase packing materials and do many more tasks. You might not think you need to formally make a list of what you need to do, but you could be surprised at how much more orderly a list can make things. Being able to look at the list and cross things off as you get to them ensures that you won't forget something and give you the chance to see how you're progressing so that you are calmer and sure of taking care of everything.
With these tips, lower levels of stress can be yours even in the midst of a move. Ask local movers about ways they may be able to help you to have a stress-free move.