How to Minimize Stress When Moving

Moving, for as much as it represents a potentially fun and stimulating period in anyone’s life, can also be surprisingly stressful because of a large variety of potential inconveniences that may arise during the process. Fortunately, you can trivialize the stress imposed by the majority of these factors with proper knowledge and initiative.

 
Book well in advance of your move

When making your arrangements for a moving company to handle and transport your belongings and furniture to your new home, you must book the company at least several weeks in advance of your move to allow yourself ample time to pack and self-organize. At minimum, allow yourself two weeks – but four weeks is strongly recommended. As people intent on moving are most likely to do so during summer, many moving companies will likely be busy enough around this time frame that their services will be unavailable for you. Therefore, the best time to reliably book a company for a move is arguably a time of the year before or after the summer season – and movers tend to be less busy during the earlier half of a given month than the latter half.

 
Organize and pack on your end well ahead of time

To minimize the amount of time the movers will need to spend transporting your items out of your home and into the truck, you should – by all means – have everything already stored and organized in separate boxes when the day of the move arrives. Gather and sort your smaller items from all across your home – including easily-overlooked areas such as the attic, basement, and outdoor sheds – into their own boxes, and label each box with a different room. Small, heavy objects like books should be placed in small boxes, whereas larger boxes should only ever contain larger, lighter items like clothing and bed sheets. Since the receptacles containing your items will be stacked atop each other in the moving truck, do not store any items within plastic bags such as garbage bags.

 
Keep your most immediate essentials in their own box

Lastly, it will help to dedicate a personal box to the supplies that you are most likely to need shortly after you are dropped off at your new home. Items like a toothbrush and toothpaste, flashlights, tools, medication, cleaning supplies, and even snacks should be easily accessed without the need to search untidily through the boxes containing your other items.

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