If you move very often, you eventually learn how to make your relocation less stressful. As constant involvement in the relocation process is not how one wants to gain experience on an easy and stress-free move, we have used our own vast experience and knowledge to come up with the 10 crucial tips on how to make your relocation less stressful. All you need to do is start reading carefully.
#1 Organization is the key to make your relocation less stressful
Be aware that relocation comes in phases. The first phase is the decision about the move itself and preparations. Sometimes decision about the move itself is outside your hands. Receiving a dream job offer that is across the state, or something along those lines. The second phase is packing. Start as soon as you can. You can, for example, pack winter things right away if you are moving in spring or summer. The third phase is the moving day – the most tiring part of the move. The last phase is, of course, unpacking. After that, you feel nice because the hardest part is done. Bear in mind that procrastination is your biggest enemy.
#2 Be aware of the budget
Money is one of the biggest stress catalysts, especially when we are losing it for any reason. You need to have a budget and you need to stick to it. Plan unplanned things and create contingency. If nothing unplanned happens, you will be pleased. Also, you will be even more pleased when something happens but you were prepared.
Find some online moving cost calculators and calculate how many financial resources you need for your relocation. As relocation is often expensive, you will have to concentrate on how to reduce costs. Reduced costs equal less stress about your relocation already.
#3 Preparations and planning
Have a relocation to-do list and a checking list for your things. The To-do list should contain calling utility companies on both locations.
Measure everything. Firstly, you have to know what your new home dimensions are. After that, measure all the furniture that you are planning to move because results may force you to change your plans.
Plan out your packing supplies carefully, as you don’t want to be short on boxes a couple of hours before your moving day on a Sunday.
#4 Taking care of food
Food and nutrition are important. Prepare food and water for the moving day, something that will replenish your energy fast. Full belly means less stress during relocation.
You should eat up all your food before the moving day. Organize cook-offs with your family and/or friends in order to spend as much as you can. Also, consider donating remaining unopened/unexpired food.
As the kitchen is where we make our food and we need it on a daily basis, you should start your unpacking with the kitchen. It is the most complicated and thus most difficult room to set up. Finishing it first will allow you to feel less stressed. As a result, you will feel invigorated to deal with the rest of the easier things to unpack.
#5 Don’t empty out your drawers
Consider not taking clothes out of drawers and then wrapping the drawers in plastic wraps. Then, you don’t have to take the clothes out, pack them neatly into boxes. When you arrive, unpack them and yet again neatly pack them back into the drawers.
The same principle can be used for clothes that are on the hangers. There will be no unnecessary folding, packing, and unpacking. You just need a wardrobe box or something similar.
#6 Save packing space
Consider wrapping your breakable stuff with your towels, linen, and other similar materials that you might have. Use your pots as packing boxes for smaller things. Pack your suitcases with heavy things like books or some heavy serving dishes. Wheels on suitcases, that is all.
#7 Color code boxes
Or number them and take a picture of their contact, so, later on, you have an idea where is what. Assign colors or numbers to rooms so you can easily know which box goes where. And upon arrival, you can ask moving people to put the boxes right away in their respective rooms.
#8 Be packed up the day before moving day
Last-minute packing can be messy and you can easily forget something. The goal is to be fully packed when movers arrive. Being prepared on time will make your relocation less stressful, instead of packing things last minute. Hence you will be able to avoid breakage of your belongings as you took time to pack them properly.
#9 Find a moving company on time
It is essential to find a moving company you can rely on as this is one way to reduce stress during a move. You will have to do your homework. You can start by asking friends, colleagues, and relatives for recommendations. Then try to find some by yourself. The goal is to have 3-4 quotes, so you can evaluate where you are going to get the most for your money.
Good and reliable moving companies are booked weeks in advance. Therefore, be sure to start looking for one on time, around 6 weeks upfront. Having put this behind your mind will be at ease and you can focus on some more important things. As a result, you will have more time to say proper goodbyes to friends and family. Or just simply spend more time with them.
#10 Downsize while you are packing
With no surprise to everyone, clutter creates stress. So, as part of the plan to make your relocation less stressful, you can unclutter. Purging yourself from time to time is a good thing, some will say that buying new stuff afterward is even more rewarding. Go through your things and decide which ones you are going to throw away, donate or sell. Selling can be profitable, donating can be gratifying, and throwing away can mean that you are prepared for new things.
As you probably noticed moving is a stressful and daunting process, yet sometimes we have to go through it. Follow our advice on how to make your relocation less stressful, so you can use your energy on renovation or furniture shopping. And in the end, the more you are prepared, the smoother everything will go. Happy moving.