Moving is exciting and stressful at the same time. Waiting until the last minute will only add to the stress. Ideally, you should plan a month ahead and expect a few weeks to pack and clean. It’s best to know what to expect and how to handle it. Here are seven tips to help you avoid any last minute hiccups.
1. Expect And Accept Stress
Stress is a normal part of the moving process and overcoming it begins with acceptance. In doing so, you are less likely to let stress set you back during the course of your move. Stress is a natural human response to demanding situations and can be worked through. Acknowledge it when it happens, but don’t let it interfere with the tasks at hand.
2. Give Yourself Enough Time
Your move will be a whole lot easier if you give yourself enough time. If you live in a one bedroom apartment or studio, you’ll need at least two days to pack. Two or three bedroom homes will need five to six days. You need to give yourself enough time to clean, research moving companies if necessary, reserving rental trucks, and setting up utility services in your new place.
3. Start Small
Begin your moving process by tackling the small things first. Most people are so overwhelmed with moving that they don’t know where to start. You should start by packing up a single drawer. If you’ve allowed yourself ample time to pack, focus on getting things done piece by piece.
4. Stay Organized
Organization is the key to keeping your move less stressful. Make it a priority to ensure fewer headaches and a streamlined move. Create a moving inventory list and a moving timeline. Draw a floor plan of your new home so you know what goes where in advance. Have a garage sale to get rid of old items ASAP. Designate specific areas of your existing home for different purposes. One room can be for things that need to be used before moving day, and another for items to be donated or sold.
5. Hire Professionals
If it fits in your budget, professional Edmonton movers will relieve unnecessary stress. Movers can pack and safely wrap up your possessions and transport large items. Whichever moving company you choose, make sure they have a proven reputation for trustworthy service and reliability.
6. Ask For Help
If you’re feeling stressed and need some extra help, it’s ok to ask family members or friends. An extra set of hands will cut your packing and moving time in half. Make sure you ask for help in advance and reward their support with pizza and beer. Be sure to return the favor when your family or friends need help with their move.
7. Get Plenty Of Rest
Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before your move. The less sleep you get, the more likely you will feel overwhelmed the next day. Moving is both physically and mentally challenging. A good night’s rest will help you stay efficient throughout the entire day.