Whether you’ve moved across the country like you’re in the military or you’re about to leave a place you’ve lived in your whole life for the first time, you’re probably aware (to some degree) of the stress that can come with planning and executing a move.
Moving is widely regarded as one of the most stressful things a person can do, with the psychology of moving and the positive and negative impacts associated with such a monumental change constantly being studied by psychologists.
Even if you know you’re moving to something or somewhere better than where you currently are, the idea of abandoning a familiar setting to go into the unknown can leave even the most seasoned movers feeling frozen with doubt and anxiety.
Putting aside the monumental costs associated with each stage of executing this massive life event, the sheer weight of all the clutter you’ve accumulated in your home starts to set in when you start planning a move, and you might find yourself wondering how (and with how much time and effort) you’re going to pull this off.
As a seasoned mover, there’s very little that anyone can do to decrease the psychological torment and anxiety associated with a move, save making sure all your ducks are in a row before you’ve packed your first box. Whether you’re moving for the first time or you’ve moved once a year since you were a child, having a concrete plan is of the utmost importance for making sure that every stage of your move runs as smoothly as possible.
While the particulars of your plan might vary depending on where you’re going and how much stuff you have to haul, this article seeks to give you a basis from which to plan your next move more effectively, an outline of sorts that can be tailored to your specific move without too much effort. Moving should be as easy as humanly possible, and while no guide can account for all of the particulars involved in everyone’s move, this outline should help you ease the burden of planning your next move, giving you practical tips and assets that can reduce the stress involved in moving.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Take Inventory of Your Junk
While calling your stuff “junk” might seem a tad derogatory, you’ll be cursing every impulsive purchasing decision you’ve ever made (more than likely) once you get into the business of taking stock of what you have to ship to your new home. Clutter tends to accumulate in every corner of your home, especially if you’ve been living there for a long time, so you likely have more stuff to ship than you might think at first; that’s not a bad thing, just a reality most movers discover when packing.
As such, you’ll want to do a sweep of your home, plotting out mentally (or on paper, if you find that helpful) how you want to pack each room. Allow yourself around one to two weeks to make sure everything is packed, and spend an hour or two each day focusing on packing: spreading out your packing schedule can make packing go by much quicker and help make the whole process a little less stressful.
This is also the time to junk anything that doesn’t “spark joy,” so if you find yourself coming across a lot of stuff you can’t envision a home for in your new house, feel free to send it on a one-way trip to your dumpster. You’ll have enough to pack and organize without worrying about dead weight.
Prep Your New Home For Easy Transfer
In the weeks leading up to your move-in date, you should endeavor to get on the phone with utility companies, setting up services so your first night in your new home will be an easy transition for you. A movers’ worst nightmare is to get to their brand new home and move everything in, only to not have heat for a week because they scheduled their utility services too late, or not be able to complete remote work because they have no internet.
Also, take this time to get any work done on the home that you might need to. Your landlord or real estate agent should have advised you of potential problems with the property, and depending on the kind of problems you’re dealing with, you’ll likely need to get in contact with different specialists.
Also Read: Best Tips to Stay Organized During a Move
Make the Act of Moving as Easy as Possible
When it comes to the actual move, you should have already picked out the appropriately-sized U-Haul, making sure you have room to have all of your stuff packed and ready to go on the vehicle. You may want to consider hiring movers to help you load and unload, as the actual act of moving can be difficult to complete alone. You can lift heavy boxes on your own, sure, but when it comes to bulky or heavy furniture, or when things like stairs and tight corners are involved, it’s best to hire a professional to help ease your load.
Moving Doesn’t Have to Be an Ordeal
While there’s really no way to eliminate the anxiety that accompanies moving altogether, one of the best ways to set yourself up for success is to plan as much as you can ahead of time. Having a solid plan for your move can help the whole thing move much smoother, and get you settled into your new dwelling as painlessly as possible.