Moving is one of the most stressful things one can experience. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done. I’ve moved more times in the past few years than some people will move in their lifetime, so I know a thing or two about the stress it brings.
There are a long list of things I’d rather do than move again, but Mercury is in retrograde so I’m being extra careful of what I wish for. If there’s one thing I learned during my last move, it’s that having a plan makes your moving process a lot less stressful. If you’ll be relocating soon, here are 7 tips to use to get your household on the track to a less stressful move.
7 Things You Need To Do Before Moving
- Gather your friends and family to help you move. Get the water, beer and snacks on deck to bribe your loved ones to help. I hate moving enough to avoid asking for help so I don’t have to return the favor. I’m petty, but honest. However, the more help you have, the easier it is for everyone.
- Schedule days for designated tasks. You will burn out trying to do everything in one day. Try to set aside certain days for certain tasks. Regardless of the amount of stuff you think you have, 24 hours is not enough time to pack, clean, load and unload.
- Research your new area. Where’s the closest bar? Is there a corner store? How many annoying, loud dogs live in your neighborhood? Ya know, stuff like that.
- Change your address. It sounds like a no-brainier, but my PayPal card is currently on it’s way to the wrong address. Address changes includes forwarding your mail, changing your address on your online accounts and actually telling people you moved.
- Make copies of your new keys. I’ve been locked out of the house more times than necessary from leaving my keys in the hands of my nephews. Make enough keys for everyone old enough to be responsible for it, and a few extra for trusted family members and friends. Donni had a key to my house in college, and I currently have a copy of hers. Yes, we live in 2 different states.
- Use this opportunity to get rid of unnecessary belongings and get organized. There’s a rainbow after the storm. Moving is a way to get rid of things you probably never needed in the first place. Think of it as a fresh start.
- Prepare to be a neighbor. Remember the days when neighbors actually knocked on your door to say ‘hi’ or to borrow sugar? Me either. Haha, kidding. Introduce yourself before officially moving into your new place. Even if they don’t feel like they’re the type to help you unload, or water the plants while you’re on holiday vacation, at least you have the chance to pick up on their vibes.
What tips for moving do you have?