How to Reduce Stress During a Move
Have you moved places more than once before? If you have, you’ve probably noticed a certain trend. The first days are usually filled with excitement. This is typically when you are gathering packing supplies and moving boxes.
The initial excitement, however, fades quickly once the hard work kicks in. What you had thought would take a few minutes, takes thirty, and what you thought would take an hour ends up taking six. Sooner or later, the day of moving arrives — a long, sweaty day that is occasioned with heavy lifting and the far-too-often last-minute hiccups.
When everything is said and done, you finally get a sigh of relief. Hooray! After a long day’s work, you have finally moved into your new home. But, before you can take a second gasp of air, you realize you have only done half the work.
Your boxes need unpacking. At the same time, your life — your kids, your pets, your job — still need your attention. It’s no wonder many people find moving stressful. According to research, moving house is more stressful than a relationship breakdown, divorce, or even a new job.
Here are six tips from Tacoma PMC on how to reduce stress during a move.
Tip #1: Take Stress for What it is, and Acknowledge the Feeling
Accept that stress will be part of the moving process. Doing this from the get-go will help you feel less stressed about the process. Think about other times and situations you have done this — like school and work.
Stress is a natural part of life, but it sure isn’t the end of the world. Accepting this will probably help you work through any demanding circumstance, like moving homes. Stress shouldn’t be as bad as it seems.
Tip #2: Allot Enough Time
Time is one of the biggest sources of stress when it comes to moving. To be specific, its lack thereof. While a stress-free move may not be something to expect, giving yourself enough time may make things a whole lot easier.
Figure out how much time you’ll need. If you are moving to a one-bedroom or a studio apartment, about two days may do. If you are moving to a three-bedroom home, five to six days may suffice.
You also want to give yourself sufficient time to do other things as well. Such things include researching and choosing a rental truck or moving company, cleaning the home you are departing, and setting up utilities in your new home. The more time you allot for yourself, the less frantic you will inevitably feel.
Tip #3: Tackle the Little Things First
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Chinese proverb (Laozi)
Start small, and you will notice that the small things quickly add up to bigger things. When planning to move, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. You may not even know where to start, or you may feel paralyzed by stress
Whether it’s getting your books into a box, or just packing up a single kitchen drawer, just get something done. Big or small, making progress is crucial for managing your stress levels.
Tip #4: Keep Everything Organized
Good organization skills are necessary for making your move less stressful. From labeling boxes to sorting, strive to keep everything organized. This will make the unpacking process much easier.
Having a moving checklist may help you in this regard. You will know that you are making progress each time you check a task as complete.
Tip #5: Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
Asking for help is another way of reducing stress. While this is not always easy, sometimes you may be left with no other option. Asking for help from your family and friends is beneficial in two ways: it’s a great distraction from an otherwise overwhelming task, and it’ll help save on costs that you would have otherwise incurred should you have hired someone else.
When all is said and done, don’t forget to show gratitude. You should also be ready to return the favor should your friends or family members require an extra set of hands.
Tip #6: Hire Professional Movers
Do you have the budget for it? If you do, then consider hiring a professional moving company. This may mean a lot less work for you, and a lot less stress as a result.
In addition to helping with the heavy lifting, professional movers can also help you do other things. For example, they can also help you transport hard-to-pack items like art and lamps.
Moving is almost always characterized by stress, but it doesn’t have to be! Instead of being swamped by cardboard boxes, use these six top tips to make your moving day a little less stressful, and consider hiring professional movers.
Tacoma PMC, Guest Blogger
Tacoma PMC is a full service property management in Pierce County, Washington. Our team is equipped with the local knowledge, skills and systems required to effectively manage your investment. The #1 goal of our property management company is to help you maximize your return on investment. For more info check our website tacomapmc.com.