Although many people look forward to having a fresh start in a new place, feeling stressed about the transition and the moving process itself is very common. Here are a few tips to help make it easier.
1. Lighten up. Whether you’re hiring movers or renting a truck and getting help with the heavy lifting, it pays to lighten the load of stuff you plan to move. Now is the time to go through your belongings and be intentional about your goal– if it’s broken, underused or you don’t see yourself needing it in the future, it’s time to donate it. If you don’t use it now, chances are you won’t use it at all in your new home.
Sell or donate unused items that are still in good condition. Sites like Kijiji allow you to sell your items easily. Start the process at least a month before your moving date. Similarly, look into local charities that accept donations and be sure to get a receipt if you plan to write it off on your taxes.
Recycle items that are broken or worn out. Call a junk removal service to responsibly dispose of items that should not end up in our landfills.
2. Take breaks. One of the reasons people find moving so stressful is they’re overwhelmed by all the tasks that need to get done. While trying to stay on top of everything, it’s easy to forget to take breaks and eat. Taking a break will give you the energy you need to recharge before you tackle the next room or task.
Pack a bag of snacks to munch on during the day, and don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
Set an alarm halfway through the day to take a meal break. Order pizza or sandwiches, especially if you have others helping out.
If you find yourself getting anxious, take a few minutes to breathe. Repeat a mantra that helps you focus and calms your spirit.
3. Pack smart. Be mindful of what you are packing and when you pack it to ensure your valuables are not lost or broken.
Start early. The earlier you start packing, the better you’ll be able to organize and prioritize your items. If you know you’re not going to use it until after you move, pack it away.
Pack by room and number your boxes. In a notebook or app, write what’s in each box (e.g., Box 5 Kitchen: utensils, blender, crock pot). Take it a step further and pick up coloured stickers from an office store to colour-code each box by room.
Pack valuable items yourself. After all, only you can give them the extra care they need to survive the move in one piece. Use bubble wrap or wrap the items in soft linens or clothing, such as pillow cases and bedding, towels and t-shirts.
Will you need certain items right away, such as toiletries, work clothes or home office items? Pack them in clear plastic bins. This saves you from having to open all of your boxes to find what you need.