How to reduce stress when moving house

You’ve probably heard many times that moving is one of the most stressful events in one’s life. And while that statement is true in itself, moving house – the imminent change in a person’s life that often comes sooner than expected and desired – doesn’t have to be characterized by anxious and nervous moments.

There are proved methods for coping with stress when moving, and one of the main tricks for escaping unscathed from the enormous pressure of the moving preparations, the post-move acclimatization and especially the notorious Moving day is to filter and channel that building tenseness into constructive and organizational energy. It’s easier said than done, right?

Read the moving tips below to learn how to reduce the stress of moving house.

Remain calm

When the moving news hits you, do your best to keep your cool and resist the urge to hit the panic button. Decisions made under the influence of sudden uncontrollable anxiety and fear have been proven to be highly unsuccessful. No matter how hard the move may seem in the beginning, you need to believe in your own abilities to take control of the situation and overcome any moving obstacles along the way to your new home and your exciting future.

Remember that moving house stress can only be defeated by good and timely organization. So, get down to work.

Moving calendar

To-do lists are simple and yet extremely powerful organization tools. Create a moving calendar and fill it with the important moving tasks which you need to take care of one by one. You also need to prioritize these tasks (do the hard jobs first and work your way towards the no-brainers) and distribute them in a sensible and doable way up until moving day. Your personalized to-do list will give you a much needed sense of control and will enable you to keep the restless stress at bay.

Remove junk to reduce stress

One of the most frequent reasons for building stress when moving house is the overwhelming number of household items that you’ll need to sort out, pack and move to your new residence. The mere thought of how much money you’re going to spend on their relocation and how much time you’re going to have to devote to packing is probably giving you a splitting headache.

The solution? Do what moving experts keep saying over and over again – purge your home of all no longer needed or wanted stuff to reduce their number (less packing time and less transportation money) and to even pocket some additional cash should you decide to sell some of your possessions at a moving sale, for example. Do a complete household inventory and decide the future of each and every item in it.

Timely packing

Leaving any packing jobs for the last days before the move is not a good idea. The earlier you start the packing process, the less stress you’re like to experience as the moving date approaches. Begin your household packing experience the day you learn of your imminent move and initiate the most arduous moving task from the premises you use the least in order to avoid cluttering the rooms you need on a daily basis. Make it a priority to pack a few boxes every single day and label them correctly so that you save a considerable amount of time when unpacking them in your new home. Also, don’t commit the rookie mistake of thinking that packing the storage rooms (garage, basement, attic) is not that big of a deal. Practice has shown that packing storage areas for moving can be a nightmarish experience.

So, each packed and labeled moving container will keep the unwelcoming guest Mr. Stress away from your doorstep.

Hire help

This technique to reducing moving stress is the most obvious one. Organizing and executing a move usually proves to be too much for one person, or even one family. Don’t hesitate to ask for help either from your pals for executing a self-move or from reliable professional movers if you choose to do the smart thing and go with the pros.

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