How to Make a Big Move Less Stressful

Moving to a new home can be an exciting time, but it can also be incredibly stressful. Whether you’re  moving across the country or just down the street, there are a lot of things to consider and plan for.  However, with a little preparation and some helpful tips, you can make your big move less stressful and  more enjoyable. Here are some tips to help you get started:

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  1. Start planning early

One of the most important things you can do to reduce the stress of moving is to start planning early.  Give yourself plenty of time to prepare for the move by creating a checklist of everything that needs to  be done. This includes tasks such as canceling utilities, transferring services, and notifying your friends  and family of your new address. Make a timeline of when each task needs to be completed so you can  stay on track.

  1. Declutter your belongings

Moving is the perfect opportunity to declutter your home. Go through your belongings and decide what  you want to keep, what you want to donate, and what you want to throw away. Getting rid of items you  no longer need or use will not only make packing easier, but it will also make your new home feel less  cluttered. Moving is the perfect opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need. Go through your  belongings and decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away. Not only will this make  packing easier, but it will also help you start fresh in your new home.

  1. Hire a reputable moving company

Hiring a reputable moving company can help alleviate some of the stress of moving. Do your research  and find a moving company with a good reputation. Read reviews and ask for referrals from friends and  family. A good moving company can help with packing, loading, and unloading, and they can also  provide you with the peace of mind that your belongings are in good hands.

Hiring professional movers can be a great way to reduce stress during a big move. They can take care of  everything from packing to loading and unloading, leaving you free to focus on other aspects of the  move. Look for a reputable moving company with good reviews and get a quote ahead of time so you  know what to expect.

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  1. Label your boxes

Labeling your boxes can save you time and stress when you arrive at your new home. Be specific when  labeling your boxes. Instead of just labeling a box “kitchen,” list the items inside, such as “dishes” or  “utensils.” This will make it easier to find what you need when you arrive at your new home. Labeling  your boxes and containers is essential when moving. This will help you keep track of what’s inside each  box and make unpacking much easier. Be sure to label each box with its contents and the room it  belongs in. This will save you time and energy when it’s time to unpack.

  1. Use high-quality packing materials

Investing in high-quality packing materials can make a big difference when it comes to protecting your  belongings. Use sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape to ensure that your items arrive at your  new home intact.

  1. Pack a “first night” box

Packing a “first night” box can make the transition to your new home much smoother. This box should  contain all the essentials you’ll need for your first night in your new home, such as toiletries, a change of  clothes, and bedding. This will save you from having to dig through boxes to find what you need on your  first night.

  1. Take breaks and relax

Moving can be physically and mentally exhausting. It’s important to take breaks and give yourself time  to rest. Use natural remedies to help you relax and destress during your move, such as aromatherapy  with Citrus Essential Oil Kit, which includes Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Tangerine, Sweet Orange essential oils These essential oils can be diffused in your home or applied topically with a carrier oil to  help you feel calm and centered.

  1. Ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Moving can be a big task, and you don’t have to do it alone. Ask friends  or family members to help you pack or to watch your kids or pets while you’re packing. Having someone  to help can make the process go much smoother and reduce your stress levels.

  1. Stay organized

Staying organized throughout the moving process can help reduce stress. Keep a checklist of everything  you need to do before the move, and check off each item as you complete it. Keep your important  documents, such as your lease or mortgage paperwork, in a safe and easily accessible place.

Staying organized is key when it comes to reducing stress during a big move. Keep track of important  documents, such as rental agreements or mortgage papers, in a designated folder. Create a schedule for  packing and make sure to stick to it. Keep a checklist of everything you need to do and refer to it often.  This will help you stay on top of things and prevent important tasks from falling through the cracks.

Moving can be a stressful time, but with a little planning and organization, you can make the process  much smoother. Follow these tips and treat yourself to some self care along the way.

This box of 50 Luxury Bath Bombs by Nurture Me Organics is a great self-care item to keep on hand  during the whole moving process. Destress and unwind at the end of a busy day of packing with a well  earned bath treat! Your mind and body will thank you!

  1. Keep a Moving Diary

The small logistics of moving are what can make it overwhelming. You must forward your mail, transfer  your kids to a new school, set up cable; the list is endless. Create a running checklist of everything you  need to do for the move. It’ll keep you organized and you can delegate some tasks to the rest of the  family.

  1. Make Truck Reservations Early

Truck rental companies use a pricing strategy similar to the hotel and airline industries. Rental rates  change based on truck availability. You’ll pay a higher price if you wait to make a reservation at the last  minute when fewer trucks are available to rent. If you choose to go with a full-service moving company,  schedule movers one to two months in advance. It puts you in a better position to negotiate on price.  Plus, you’ll have more flexibility to shop around for the best deal.

  1. Consider Renting a Storage Pod

Renting portable storage containers or pods is another option for moving and particularly convenient for  long-distance moves. A company drops off shipping containers in front of your house. You have a few  days to fill the containers. Then the company picks up the containers and delivers them to your new  home. No need to worry about driving a rental truck and you have a few days to unpack the containers.  If you’re looking for a way to move that’s less expensive than a full-service moving company but easier  than renting and driving your own truck, storage pods are the answer.

  1. Lighten the Load

Moving companies charge by weight. Rental truck and storage pod companies charge by the size of the  truck or pod. Getting rid of excess will lower the cost of moving. Downsizing also means less stuff to  pack. Who doesn’t want that?

  1. Pack Slowly

You can’t pack with rhyme or reason when you do it last minute. And it’s a nightmare to unpack  disorganized boxes. Start filling boxes weeks in advance with items you don’t use often and then pack  your kitchen last. Label each box with where it needs to go in the new house and its contents. If you  have tons of boxes you can also try a number system. Number each box and then keep a spreadsheet of  what’s inside each one.

Don’t be surprised to find dust accumulated on the less commonly used items around your house whilst  packing. Indoor dust originates from pet dander, hair, cooking, bedding, clothing and in-home work  projects. Keep a set of Purelis Handmade Soap Bars handy – with 6 bars in the pack, keep 1 soap bar at  each sink – in the old and new house – for a natural and gentle way to clean and care for you’re skin  during the move.

  1. Get Free Boxes –For The Less Heavy Items

It’s easy to underestimate the cost of packing materials. Boxes sell for about $1 to $2 each. A one bedroom apartment can require 10 to 20 boxes alone. Now, think about how many boxes you’ll need to  pack your entire house. It’s not cheap. Retail and grocery stores are constantly getting store inventory in  boxes. Head to a few stores and you can get boxes to move for free. Although moving can be a pain, the  end result is settling into your dream home which makes it all worthwhile.

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