People consider moving to be one of the most stressful moments of life. From trying to find cheap moving boxes to trying not to get ripped off by a moving company, it really is a harrowing time. However, there are definitely things we can do to walk ourselves through the process with as little hair-pulling as possible. When we are prepared and organized it really diminishes a lot of the feelings of chaos, and that is a really important thing to keep in mind.
Here are the four stages of moving and how to manage them with the least amount of stress:
Stage One: Preparing
This is the part of the “move” where you want to be procrastinating because it doesn’t feel like a move yet. This is also the part of the move that is going to make it or break it for you. Moving is not as simple as packing up your house and unpacking in a new one. One of the first things you should do is start calling your insurance providers, and anyone else that sends you a monthly bill, and notifying them of your change of address and when its taking place. This is also the time to start trying to find a reliable moving company, or the best deal on a moving truck. Keep the lookout for cheap moving boxes (ask department stores, Craigslist, and other freeby sites).
Stage Two: Packing
You should start preparing to pack long before it’s time. This is also going to save you some serious grey hairs. If you start packing early enough, you should be approaching moving day with a much lighter heart. This is when you will become thoroughly grateful that you gave yourself plenty of time to get your hands on cheap moving boxes, because moving boxes are NOT cheap, and you wind up needing WAY more than you think you will. Purge your belongings and hold a garage sale. Pack as you.
Stage Three: Moving Day
Be prepared that things are not going to go as smoothly on moving day as you would like. This doesn’t mean to have a negative attitude; it just means to have a realistic attitude! And then, if things go positively swimmingly, you will be pleasantly surprised and incredibly relieved. If they don’t, you will be no worse for the wear.
Stage Four: Unpacking
In your new home, as you begin to break into all of those boxes, and a giant pile begins to accumulate, you are going to be really glad you saved so much money on them. Because after the move is over it all just feels like a giant waste. There’s no rule that says you need to be unpacked immediately. Take some time to explore your new surroundings!