7 Ways to Cut Stress from Your Big Move
Moving can be exciting, and it doesn’t always have to be so stressful. Moving for a new opportunity like a better job or a chance to live in your dream home is the exciting part, but packing up your stuff and lugging it to the new place is a lot less glamorous.
I wanted to share seven tips that will help you avoid the stresses of moving.
- Purge. Clutter creates stress, so organize the things you no longer need into three groups: sell, donate, or toss. Put the valuable items in the sell group, enjoy a tax deduction with donations to Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity, and throw out items that have little or no use left.
- Clear your calendar. Block off a chunk of time to focus exclusively on packing, request a day off from work, and find a babysitter to watch your kids. You could also plan a whole weekend. You’ll get more done packing continuously for several hours than you will by packing in short spurts.
- Accumulate boxes. Start collecting boxes and newspapers several weeks before the big move; grocery and retail stores are a good place to start. You can also buy boxes from shipping stores or hardware stores.
- Plan. Don’t start without a strategy! One of the most efficient ways to pack is to methodically move from room to room clearly labeling each box based on where it was in your old home.
- Protect your valuables. Don’t have that nagging concern of not being able to find your wedding ring or passport. Pack one suitcase as if you’re going on vacation with all those items you’ll need to access immediately. Add valuables and important documents so you know exactly where they are.
- Give ample time in deadlines. Nothing is more stressful than when you can’t start moving into your new home until 8 a.m. but you need to be out of your current home by noon the same day. Be sure to negotiate important deadlines up front; your Realtor should be your guide. After you move in, promise yourself that you’ll pack one room per day, or you’ll unpack for two hours per night, for example.
- Delegate. One of the best ways to reduce stress is by outsourcing and delegating. Cash in favors from family and friends, and buy a lot of pizza and beverages!
I hope these tips were helpful to you, no matter when your next move will be. If you have any questions about making the moving process smoother, or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in Dayton, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!