Moving is considered one of life’s most stressful experiences. This is completely understandable. Packing up your whole life into boxes can be quite the task. Tending to any issues with your new house is never fun. The experience can trigger a range of emotions, from anxiety to sadness.
But, even if we can’t totally be Buddha-like in handling the experience, we can sure do a lot to make things easier on ourselves, and minimize stress as much as possible. Here are just a few helpful hints to keep in mind as you prepare for your own move.
Accept It Will Be Stressful
Accepting a situation may be unpleasant in certain respects from the outset can do wonders for our mindset when we actually get into the thick of things. Moving is stressful, no two ways about it. Even the most meticulous planner or laid-back person will probably have his moments of overwhelm or experiencing a strong urge to throw all his belongings out the window and just set them on fire rather than pack one more box!
Don’t resist the stress as much, or view it as something that shouldn’t be there. It may not go away ,but it won’t affect you as much.
Use This Opportunity to Purge
Many of us let stuff pile up over the years—we tell ourselves one day we will go through all our things and get rid of what we no longer want or use. But, that day never comes. Now that you are moving, you have no choice but to comb through your house, and you are given a golden opportunity to purge, and keep the mess from migrating to your new home.
To gain some momentum, start with the stuff you know is going into the trash. You can move through this stage quickly, and this will motivate you to keep going. When it comes to the rest of the stuff, decide if you want to sell or donate it. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, just put your mental focus on one space at a time—don’t think about it all as one big job spanning each nook and cranny of your home.
Schedule Packing Time
While you can certainly act on urges to pack a bit here and there when they strike, the least stressful way to go about this is working set times to pack into your schedule, and getting bigger chunks of it done at a time. Never underestimate the power of setting a schedule. It creates order, and you will be more likely to stay on track than if you just tell yourself in your head when you plan on getting it done. Take a look at your calendar over the next month or two or however long you are giving yourself, and make a solid plan for when you are going to tackle your packing.
Choose Your Moving Company Carefully
Nothing can stress you out more during a move than dealing with a bad moving company. If you have access to long-established companies that operate regionally or nationally, you probably don’t have to worry too much about gathering background information. But, if your options are primarily smaller, local operations, you need to do your homework.
Regardless of the type of company, always get several estimates that are based on an actual inspection of your home.
Check on proper licensing and insurance. For companies that do interstate moves, it should have a DOT number. Check with consumer affairs agencies in your state for intrastate move requirements, and whether a particular company meets them.
Whether you are looking for a moving company in SC, NY or CA, never proceed without checking with the BBB and other similar agencies to see if any complaints have been lodged against the company and how it was resolved.
Avoid companies that do not have a physical address or want to give an estimate without coming to your home.
If you can follow these simple tips, you are setting the stage for a less stressful transition to your new home.