Moving, like any major life transition, can be a source of incredible stress for your family.
While the end result–life in your new home–will certainly be worth all the effort, it’s still best to minimize stress whenever possible. By following these five simple steps, you’ll reduce stress and get yourself and your family into your new home as pleasantly as possible.
Pack an overnight bag
The first step to a stress-free move is to pack with an eye toward moving day. While it might seem best to pack by room, instead consider packing by utility. Specifically, set aside the essentials you’ll need in the first few days in your new home, and pack them in a well-marked box to open first. That way if things don’t go as planned on moving day, and you don’t have as much time to unpack as you anticipated, you can still rest assured that your essentials will be easy to find.
Be prepared to unpack
In addition to packing the things you need on a daily basis, consider what tools you’ll need to unpack your boxes. Trash bags, box cutters, and cleaning supplies should be easily accessible after your move.
Certainly you will label the contents of your boxes, but to reduce stress, also label your rooms. Pack your items according to where they’ll go in your new home. Color-code the box labels (colorful tape works well for this) and clearly mark the doors of each room so the movers (whether they be professionals or friends) can get your belongings as close as possible to where they will go once they’re unpacked.
Clear the day
Moving day should be that, and nothing else. Do not plan to go to work on Moving Day, but also do not plan to take care of your young children and pets while the actual move is taking place. This is the time to tell your boss you’re unavailable, send your kids to their friends’ houses, and hire a pet sitter to watch your four-legged friends. As much as we might wish we could be in four places at once, your move is going to require 100% of your focus and attention, regardless of whether you’re the one doing the heavy lifting.
Outsource whenever possible
While there are some things you alone can do, there’s plenty that others can do to help. Hire movers. Pay someone to clean your new home before you move in. Pay someone to clean your old home after you move out. Ask a friend to help you keep track of your to-do list.
By following these five simple steps, you’ll reduce your stress levels and ultimately start enjoying your new home that much sooner.