Moving to a new place is consistently ranked among the top 10 most stressful events in a person’s life. And it’s no wonder—the logistics of packing your belongings, finding a new place you feel comfortable with and saying goodbye to loved ones all take a toll. It’s easy to get caught up in the endless to-do list of moving.
So, what can you do to ease the stress of moving?
Relocating can be easy(-ish) if you take the time to plan in advance and do research. With the right schedule, your move can be stress-free and simple. Take a deep breath and relax. There are ways to make the moving experience less time-consuming. Utilize these four helpful tips that will save you hours or even days during your next move.
Plan out your moving schedule
Every efficient move starts with a solid plan and schedule. Organizing your moving plan in advance is a huge time-saver. If you know what needs to be done in advance, it’ll save you some time and surprises later. List the things that need to get done before and during the move. Make sure to prioritize your schedule so that tasks with fast-approaching deadlines are listed first. For example, notify utility companies and the post office of your address change a few weeks prior to your relocation. This way, you’ll get these tasks out of the way and have time to plan for the rest of your move.
Prepare an organized packing plan
Buy and arrange your packing supplies well before your relocation. Separate your boxes by room or object types. For instance, you may have a few boxes for kitchen utensils and a few boxes for living room décor. Label each box accordingly for easy recognition of what each box holds. Once you’ve moved into your new house or apartment, sorting the boxes into each room will be easy for you and your movers.
Create your floor plan in advance
Decide exactly where you want to put your furniture, décor and other household items, then map out a floor plan of your new home. Be as detailed as possible, from deciding which kitchen cupboards to use for certain utensils to what dresser drawers will be home to specific clothing items. Once you’re all moved into your new house or apartment, you won’t have to move any furniture around because everything will already be in its designated place. With this out of the way, you’re ready to get settled in. Plus, if you’re hiring movers, they’ll know exactly where to put everything, saving you time and money.
Hire a professional moving company
Packing, loading and unloading your furniture and boxes takes a lot of time and energy that you could be saving for something else. Hire an efficient and affordable moving company to finish the moving process for you. Hiring expert movers to do the packing and shipping will save you from the heavy lifting and allow you more time to tie up any loose ends. Plus, they have the expertise in moving that you most likely don’t have. The movers have techniques and routines to move your belongings quickly and efficiently, so it’s time and money well spent. Be sure to get estimates in advance so you know what you’re paying for and how much time the move will take.
Take a deep breath. Moving is stressful, no question about it. But with these tips, rest easy knowing your move will go much smoother now!