So, you’re moving house. Congratulations! It’s always exciting to get into a new home in a new setting with the possibility of new opportunities. However, you’ve got a big job ahead of you. Packing all your belongings and transporting them safely to a new home is hard work. Think about it, what other event in your life can compel friends and family to all pitch in and lend a hand as if it was some kind of emergency intervention? Not many.
That’s because moving is hectic and stressful. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the drama and the uncertainty. Here are five great ways to help take the pain out of moving day.
1. Cull the Junk
Clutter is a major stressor. It makes it difficult to organize. To organize, you need space to rearrange. You’ve got to separate categories of things to pack and move them efficiently. Also, if you don’t get rid of things you don’t need, you’re going to have the same mess in your new home that you have at your old one. Have a yard sale. Rent a dumpster. Cull the junk.
2. Clear Your Schedule
If you have other things to do while moving, you’re going to lose your mind. Cancel everything cancelable, and don’t let any new engagements creep into your moving days. Be firm and just say no to new commitments.
3. Collect Boxes
Once you have all the little things in boxes, you’ll find the job will begin to look a lot less intimidating. You won’t be able to get to this point, though, if you don’t have enough boxes. You can’t have too many because they’re easy to dispose of, so get as many as you can before the big hustle.
If you can afford a moving team, you may strongly want to consider it. Bossing your friends and family around can be a drain on your relationships. But it’s your stuff, so you should be able to say how its moved. Consider compensating your friends with a free meal and some beer. Hire a moving crew for the heavy things- and tell them how you want it done.
5. Plan Breaks
A sure fire way to ruin your moving experience is to burn out early on. Realizing how daunting this massive undertaking will be means that you need to set aside time for short breaks—particularly food and water. Often times, family members get so caught up in the move that they forget to eat and stay hydrated, causing an inevitable biological meltdown. Dehydration and lowered blood sugar could cause stress, anxiety, and what’s called the “hangry syndrome,” a (made-up) medical condition where your hunger causes you to become irrational, frustrated, and inefficient.
Stay focused, stay positive, and best of luck with your move!0