6 Tips for a Stress-Free Move
Birth, death and moving…?! Moving ranks up there as one of those memorable (and stressful!) life events. Whether you are a first-timer or repeat customer, employ the tips below and your moving day can be more like a day at the beach.
1. Get a good night’s sleep. Many people make the mistake of staying up late packing. Your goal should be to get a good night’s sleep for the two nights leading leading up to the move. This will help you stay focused, organized and more relaxed during what is a stressful experience for even the most advanced Zen Master!
2. Don’t forget to breathe. Even though breathing is an automated process, it is important to remind ourselves to do it during a stressful event. If you feel yourself getting anxious during any part of the move, take a deep breath…inhale through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. We’re often only a breath away from bringing ourselves back to center.
3. Be organized. You’ve heard it before, but the best advice is often simple: an organized move is usually a good move! Being organized will help reduce stress on the day of your move. That means hiring a moving company well in advance of your move, buying all the supplies you need, and devising a packing plan. You should have a written list of things you need to accomplish to make the move successful and cross off the items as they are achieved.
4. Hire an experienced moving company. You want to find a moving company that has positive reviews online and has been endorsed by someone you know and trust. I always ask myself, “how would this company treat my mom?” The best movers are the ones who will work with you and be as involved as you want them to be.
5. Print out directions to the destination for both yourself and the movers. Yes, we all have GPS these days, but on your moving day, why leave anything to chance? Preparation is a great antidote to stress. And this way, you will know the route the movers will be taking should you choose to follow them or coordinate your arrival time at the new home.
6. Grab a Friend. Make sure you have a partner with you on the day of the move. It never hurts to have a second set of hands on call for you to tie up all of those loose ends. From doing a final house check to running to the ATM to filling up your car with gas, a move is the perfect time to implement the buddy system.
Moving is often only as stressful as you allow it to be. Take control of your move and do everything within your control to stay calm. here WILL be curveballs, but by following the tips above, you will be prepared to handle them.