Most people believe that moving is a very stressful experience. And yes, it can be pretty difficult, but there many ways to reduce the stress and give yourself an opportunity to enjoy the moment. The key is to be organized and realistic. Take it easy and focus on the idea that you are starting over and give yourself a room to look forward to that start.
- Use your time wisely
Normally you need around 8-10 weeks for a home move if you want everything to be done without too much stress, maybe even more if you plan to hire movers, packers, etc. However, sometimes you are forced to move and you simply have to act fast. Therefore it is recommended to get organized and not panic. Time is something you cannot always control.
- Get rid of the clutter
Before you start packing, it is necessary you clear out the things you are going to get rid og after your move. Everything will look more organized after you ensure you will be packing stuff you really need.
- Enjoy the moment
It is easy to forget to enjoy your last days with your friends during the move. You should allow yourself to spend more time taking a walk through your neighbourhood, invite your friend and neighbours out for dinner and just allow yourself the time to say goodbye to your old life. This way you will be able to focus on times that will come.
- Take care of your health and your needs
We usually neglect ourselves during a stressful time like a move. We end up without having enough sleep, we skip meals or eat junk food just to have more time for packing and everything else that goes hand in hand with a move. The truth is, we will not have more time to get everything done because we are neglecting the one tool that keeps everything going: ourselves. There is no way that we are more efficient when we are drained and too tired. Take a break. Go out for a dinner. Take a walk.
- Expect the unexpected
Even if you are the best organizer in the world, you can always expect the unexpected. You have to be prepared if and when such unplanned things happen. And they will, whether you like it or not. If you keep this in mind, it will be easier for you to react and save the situation. Always have a backup plan in case the moving company you hired doesn’t show up, for example. Make sure you finish everything a day before the move in case additional tasks occur.
- Give yourself time to settle in
Just the idea of unpacking all the things you packed and putting them into their place can be overwhelming. It will take time for you to finally sit on your couch and say: yes, I did it. There will be times when you will be upset for not finding a certain item, boxes will be on the floor for days… Just remember you are almost there. Take a deep breath and give it just a little more time.