Moving to a new home can be stressful, whether you’re moving to a new city, state, or just a different neighborhood in your town. Moving is one of the most stressful, expensive, and time-consuming things you can do and is a dreadful experience for many people. Getting your priorities in check and balancing all of your responsibilities when preparing for a move can be difficult, but moving can be a pleasant experience that helps you transition into your new space if done correctly, with a little extra planning and time management.
Here are a few ways to reduce the stress of a big move.
Make a To-Do List (And Make it Early)
One of the most effective time management skills is creating a to-do list. Moving homes is a major process that has many steps, often dragged out across many months, and it can feel overwhelming and at times impossible to try to remember everything. Getting it all out on paper can help to alleviate any worries you have about forgetting something important, and checking off items on your list can help measure progress and ensure you are on the right track as your moving day approaches.
Ask For Help
When making decisions about your move, it could be helpful to consult professionals. Companies like Haines can help you reach professionals like real estate agents to get information and advice about your move.
Additionally, hiring movers and interior designers can make the physical work of moving and the stress of home organizing and decorating much easier. Schedule these services 6-8 weeks in advance to save money and ensure that the professionals you need will be available on the day(s) you are moving.
Pack One Room at a Time
Beginning to pack up your home can be an overwhelming task. Going one room at a time, and keeping all of your belongings from each room together, can be a great way to stay productive and stay organized.
It can also be beneficial to begin the process of moving as early as possible. Packing up your entire place often takes more time than you expect it to, and saving it for the last minute can be extremely stressful.
Movers and other professionals whose services you will need to utilize are the busiest, and most expensive, on weekends. Scheduling your move for a weekday or a less busy time can help you save a considerable amount of money and ensure that you will get the services you need.
Pack a “First Night” Box
To help with a smooth transition into your new space, pack a “first-night” box full of things you will need to access in your first night at the house and make sure it’s readily available. This should include a change of clothes, shower and hygiene products, bedding, and anything you will need and will not want to dig for in any boxes before you start the unpacking process.