Many people find relocation extremely stressful, but it doesn't have to be that way. Below are a few strategies you should use to make your move less stressful.
Plan and Start Early
A common cause of moving stress is the thought of doing many things within a short deadline. Imagine you are moving tomorrow but you haven't sourced your moving supplies, you haven't started packing, and you haven't got anyone to look after the baby as you pack.
The best way to avoid this problem is to start packing as early as possible. Plan your move weeks or even months in advance if you want to move the whole house. In fact, don't just plan; start taking care of some of the tasks as early as possible. Ideally, you should be done a day before moving day so that on moving day the movers just come and pick up the stuff.
Create a Checklist
There are so many things to do when moving that it is easy to forget some of them. For example, you have to get moving quotes, estimate and buy moving supplies, reserve parking or the elevator if necessary, declutter, and pack, among other things. The feeling of forgetting something can also add to your stress.
Don't rely on your memory to remember all these things. Instead, create a moving checklist to help you remember everything you have to get and every task you have to do.
Moving is tasking, both mentally and physically. You need help to move heavy objects around, disconnect your appliances, and disassemble bulky items, and so on. Let your family members, friends, or good neighbors help you with some of the general tasks. Some of them may even surprise you with tips and tricks to make the move less stressful.
For the actual move, you should use a professional moving company if you want to reduce the stress. You can do everything else on your own and let the movers pick up the packed boxes, or you can let them handle everything from packing to unpacking. Your choice depends on your budget, moving experience, and the number of items to move, among other things.
Don't Be a Perfectionist
Lastly, despite your best preparations, one or two things might not go according to plan on moving day. Packing might take longer than necessary, the kids might get cranky, or a little rainfall might slow down everything. Expect a little hiccup here and there because you may be too stressed if you expect everything to be perfect and it doesn't happen that way. Accept the little hiccups as long as you get to move in the end.
Contact a local moving service for more information and tips.