Ways You Can Make Moving a Little More Bearable
It’s no secret that moving is stressful but did you know that research shows that it’s even more stressful than divorce? According to studies, moving is stressful because there are so many small details involved when it comes to moving into a new home. While there is no way to completely eliminate stress during the moving process, here are some things you can do to make the process less overwhelming.
Forward your mail earlier – Obviously you’re moving to a new address so it’s crucial that you change your address so you’re not chasing your mail all over the city. It’s not just the post office you have to remember either; update your address on your credit cards, bank accounts, student loans you might have, magazine subscriptions, car insurance, and don’t forget to give your friends and family a heads up.
Turning the utilities on – The last thing anyone wants to deal with after moving is living for a few days without electricity or even worse, without WiFi. Remember to contact any utility companies before your big move and ask them to transfer utilities; make sure to allow enough time as it may take a few days to get the new accounts set up and good to go.
Hire help – While it may look appealing to cut costs where you can after buying a home, this is NOT the place to do it if you can avoid it. Take it from us, it’s absolutely worth the expense. With the internet, it’s pretty easy to find reputable movers and there’s also many apps that help you find and hire movers. We also have some movers we personally recommend if you would rather go that route.
Donate, donate, donate – There’s no better time to clean out and donate any unused items than when you’re moving into a new home. This is a win-win, you’re helping those in need and it means there’s less stuff for you to have to move to your new place.
Organize your boxes – This should be done according to necessity. Which items will you need ASAP when you move in? Think toothbrush, wine opener, pajamas, hair dryer, etc. Let’s be honest, after a long day of moving, the last thing you’ll want to do is go hunting for your toothbrush.
Photos are necessary – While this step may seem a bit over-the-top, it is actually extremely helpful and you’ll be so glad you did it. Take photos or videos of how electronics and complicated furniture pieces are assembled. You may think you’ll remember how to re-assemble your favorite electronics or that shelf in your office but why take that chance when you can snap a few pictures or take a short video?
We get it, moving is not fun. There’s going to be some bumps in the road and annoyances but you can certainly make it easier on yourself by preparing beforehand.
Moving is worth it in the end but the stress and anxiety that comes with it can be daunting. Consider following some of the tips in this article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/living-the-questions/201703/ten-simple-tips-manage-the-stress-moving
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