By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
It's no secret that moving comes with a certain amount of stress. After all, we're creatures of habit, and nothing can throw a person out of routine quite like a relocation. Still, there are several ways to reduce your level of stress during the moving process.
Here are 7 tips that may prove helpful:
Not knowing where certain possessions are, when certain friends are coming to help, or how you're going to transport certain items - these and countless other uncertainties can add to your stress. To prevent these stress triggers from adding up, develop a plan at the outset of the moving process, and stick to it. Create a schedule of tasks that need to be completed before, during, and after the move. Set deadlines for yourself and abide by them. In addition, label your boxes as you pack; this will make it easier to locate items when it comes time to unpack. Consult your professional moving company if you need help establishing a timeline.
Allow Enough Time for Yourself to Get Things Done
It's common for us to think that a certain task will only take so long. Then, once it comes time for us to finish the task, we run up against a ton of unexpected snags. Since that can happen with just about any moving task, be sure to give yourself a cushion of time between each major activity. That way you won't be rushing around desperately a day before the move trying to get multiple things done at once. If you are running short on time, call your professional mover to discuss how they can help with packing your belongings.
Take Care of Yourself
Some moving stress is unavoidable. With that in mind, don't burn yourself out during the moving process. If you get frustrated over something, take a break. Do something to temporarily take your mind off the move. A little R&R time may help you to be more productive the next day.
It's a fact of life that not everything goes our way 100% of the time. Having a realistic, flexible attitude can prove to be a great help in reducing stress. Moreover, having a flexible schedule can provide you with a built-in "backup plan" in case something goes wrong. For example, if you can't discontinue your current home's Internet service on one day for whatever reason, can you do it the next day?
Be Willing to Downsize
Many people who move discover that they have many more possessions than they realized - and not all of them are particularly useful or valuable. Downsizing by selling or giving away certain possessions is often a stress relief in and of itself. A good rule of thumb to live by is: if you haven't used it in a year, then you don't need to keep it. After all, it would just be another box to lug around.
Enjoy the Journey
Even though moving comes with a certain inevitable level of stress, try to focus on the good aspects of the relocation process. If something goes wrong, can you find the humor in the situation? Focus on the benefits that your move will bring you and your family instead of any present inconveniences that are only temporary obstacles to happiness.
Enlist Professional Moving Help
Sometimes, we just need a hand from someone else. You can always ask your friends and family members for help on moving day; however, many have found that the best way to reduce stress is to enlist the help of a professional moving company. Experienced professional movers will treat your possessions with care and can help you streamline the loading and unloading process.
If you would like to learn more about how a professional moving company can help make your next move a relatively stress-free experience, reach out to us today.
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