How to Reduce the Stress of Moving

by Guest Contributor

There is no real way around it. Moving is stressful. From start to finish. Finding your new home that works best for you. Getting everything packed up. The physical and sweaty work of getting everything moved in and finally settling in to your new place.

There is stress in every step and you’ll never fully get rid of it. However, there are things you can do that make it easier and somewhat less stressful to ensure you stay sane during the process. Here are some of the best things you can do to keep your cool and make your move as easy as possible.

Hire Movers

This one sounds simple and most people think they can’t afford it. However, with a few simple preparations, you can really cut the costs of movers and have someone do all the heavy lifting and settling in for you. Some of these tips include staying organized. Label absolutely everything and have a plan. Movers charge by the hour so reducing confusion and trips will save you money. If you have the time, shop around. Movers will come and give you estimates and in some states have to stand by these estimates to avoid a company coming in and lowballing you and then charging an exorbitant amount. While it isn’t cheap, it reduces so much stress and backbreaking lifting that it is worth it.

Have A Plan

Whether or not you are hiring movers, having a plan keeps everything simple. Know where everything is going in your house and label everything appropriately. Arguing where things are going and having to carry things back and forth is insanely stressful so keeping it simple will save a lot of sanity.

Be Merciless when it comes to clutter

We all accumulate clutter. We buy things we think we’ll use and then they end up in a drawer or closet and never see the late of day. Don’t blindly pack items like these. If you haven’t used an item for a long time, chances are you don’t really need it. Donate these items instead of packing them up. It gives you a cleaner slate in your new place, gives someone who may really want or need your items a chance to get them from your charity and counts as a tax deduction, something that all of us can use. This applies to just about everything in your house, including clothes.

Take the Simple Things Off Your Plate

Reduce your workload as much as possible. There are little tasks which need to be done but just take up time and add a little bit more stress. One of these little tasks can become the straw that broke the camel’s back. Just one example of these little tasks is changing your address for bills and such. Utilize helpful services on the Internet that let you handle a change of address online. Yes, it’s a little job but making it a little easier can make your life a lot easier.

When moving, it is okay to find helpful little shortcuts wherever possible to keep you and your family stay sane.

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