While moving can be a point of great stress, one of the best methods by which you can reduce that stress is preparation and planning. Moving all of one’s possessions really involves three steps: planning, moving, and unpacking. If the first two stages are done properly, the final stage will be a breeze. Let’s look at each of these phases in-depth, and see how you can reduce your stress while moving.
In order to move an entire household’s possessions, you must develop a strategic plan that allows you to spread your tasks out over a manageable period of time. The first part of this strategic plan is packing, and closely related to packing is purging. To reduce stress effectively, begin packing weeks, even months before the official move date. Gather a large store of boxes, both purchased and procured from local stores and moving van rental agencies, and fill them with items that either are of a similar nature, or belong in the same area of the home.
With boxes packed, it is now time to begin recruiting help for your move. Even if you only have a small amount of furniture and few heavy boxes, helping hands are always a good stress relief. Just make sure that the people that provide you help are careful not to damage your fragile items and are trustworthy with your valuable possessions. As a final measure of preparation, you should attempt to transfer all of your mail and utility services to your future home prior to moving. Every delay in transferring your mail and services is another potential for stress, so earlier is always better.
Once all the necessary help has been acquired, services have been transferred to the new place of residence, and items have been packed in their respective boxes, it is time to move all of your goods to a new home. There are two excellent ways to go about this phase of the process: 1. by gathering all your possessions in a central, large room of the house where they can be easily carried to waiting vehicles outside, or 2. removing every item, article of clothing, and piece of furniture from a single room before going to the next room. Either method will quickly transfer your goods to a moving van, trailer, or truck where it can be delivered to your next dwelling.
Upon arrival, the process of unloading should be done similarly to loading. The main difference between loading and unloading is that you will likely want to arrange your home differently than the last home. Therefore, you should have any and all moving help place your furniture items in their respective rooms and the boxes as close as possible to where the items will go after unpacking. The greatest stress point regarding moving itself is often about theft or damage, so you should always ensure that your possessions are securely packed in sealed boxes and stored in a locked trailer or box van during their transport.
If your possessions were properly packed originally, unpacking them should not be difficult at all. This is the reason for the great importance of the first and second phases of moving. If both are done right, the unpacking stage will be the most relaxing for you, and it will be an enjoyable time too as you organize your new home. So what are you waiting for? Summer is the time to move, so starting planning now, so that you can relax later.
About the Author
Grace Shelton is currently blogging for a Lackland Self Storage. She enjoys providing readers with moving advice and tips. After moving with her family three times, she considers herself a pro-mover.