5 Tips To Make Your Move Less Stressful

Let’s face it: Moving’s stressful.

You’re between homes. You have to pack. Clean. Figure out transportation. Unpack. Clean some more. Your to-do list grows by the minute—and the clock keeps ticking.

Fortunately for you, there are some easy ways you can manage the move and make it a whole lot less of a hassle.

Today, we’re going to share with you our 5 top tips to make your move less stressful. These are real, practical tips that will benefit just about anyone in the midst of a move. Best of all? Following these tips won’t cost you anything.

Let’s get started. Read to the end for a bonus tip!

1. Make a Game Plan

The best way to ease stress is to stay organized. And the best way to stay organized is to make a game plan before you get started.

Creating a game plan will help you stay on track so you finish your move on time without having to rush. Plan ahead so you don’t run into any last-minute obstacles, and make sure you stick to your plan throughout the whole moving process.

Use a moving checklist to track your progress and get a birds-eye overview of all the tasks you need to complete. Organize your checklist chronologically, such that the tasks you need to get done first are at the top. From there, it’s as simple as going down the list item by item.

As you start planning and performing your move, you may discover a few tasks you need to do that you didn’t anticipate. Keep a to-do list of impromptu tasks, and give each of them a due date to stay on top of all of them.

2. Start Packing 2 Weeks in Advance

If there’s one thing you can do to alleviate stress, it’s to prepare your move ahead of time.

Start packing well ahead of when you’ll be moving. Generally, it’s best to start two weeks in advance. Buy your packing materials—boxes, packing paper, packing tape—beforehand, and work through your items to start boxing up the things you don’t need. Start by packing up things you won’t miss or need to use for two weeks, such as odd kitchen gadgets, knick-knacks, and seasonal items like Christmas decorations.

Do a bit of packing each day. Gradually, you’ll lighten the load so that when moving day comes, you won’t get overwhelmed.

Top Tip: At the end of the packing process, be sure to pack a day-bag with all your essentials. In it, store your toothbrush and other necessary toiletries, as well as a change of clothes, chargers, keys, and other things you’ll need to have on hand. Keep your day bag with you throughout the day of the move so that you don’t risk losing any essential items.

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3. Label Your Boxes and Belongings

When packing up your belongings, don’t forget to label and organize your boxes.

Sort your belongings by room and type so you can label them accordingly. To make unpacking a lot less chaotic, label your boxes both by room and by contents. For example, if you have a box full of kitchen gadgets--such as a juicer, pasta maker, and rice cooker—you could label it “KITCHEN: Small appliances and gadgets.”

Another tip? Consider using see-through plastic storage containers so you can see exactly what’s inside without having to open the box. You may not want to use them for everything you need to pack, but they can be helpful for things like clothes, toiletries, and other odds and ends.

4. Pack One Room at a Time

When packing your belongings, focus on one room at a time. Doing so will help you stay organized and productive throughout the process.

Start by packing the rooms you don’t use as often, such as guestrooms, secondary bathrooms, and dining rooms. From there, work your way through the more frequently used spaces by packing up belongings you don’t use as often (see tip #2).

5. Declutter Before You Pack

Everyone knows that clutter can be stress-inducing. So why have it around in the first place?

Before you get started packing or moving, remove as much clutter from your home as possible. Sift through all your belongings and get rid of the ones that have outlived their purpose. Consider using Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method™ of tidying up, going item by item, and keeping only the ones that “spark joy” in your life.

Once you’ve sorted through your belongings and kept only the things you still want, separate your clutter into three categories:

  1. Things you can sell
  2. Things you can donate
  3. Things you can throw away

Then, organize a yard sale or advertise your for-sale items online. Take a day to bring all your to-give items to a local charity or to drop them off at a donation box. You can also plan a day to go to the dump if necessary.

When disposing of clutter, double-check with local trash and waste regulations to ensure you’re following proper procedure.

Bonus: Ask for Help!

We all could use a little help from to time, and moving is no exception. Don’t be shy to ask friends, parents, or other family members for a little help, whether it’s to borrow their truck or to help move heavy furniture. Sometimes we forget just how much our closest loved ones want to help us, so if you could use a few extra hands, be sure to ask. Teamwork makes the dream work. Plus, a little camaraderie never hurt anyone.

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