Dreading Your Next Big Move? Here Are 5 Ways to Streamline the Moving Process

by Alex ThatcherJanuary 9, 2017

Take Some of the Stress Out of the Big Day

There’s no getting around it. Moving is stressful. In fact, it’s so stressful, between the disruption of your daily routine, the coordinating of packing, the move itself, and the settling-in period, that many, like this Health Status article, rank it among the most stressful things you will ever go through. Even stressful enough to make you vulnerable to illness.

The next time you have to move from one home or apartment to another, take some of the stress out of the big day by following these five tips as closely as you can.

moving into a new home without stress

1 – Prepare With a Packing Kit

Packing is challenging, and packing well is a matter of being prepared. As the folks over at Pro America Insurance recommend, “Get together a packing kit.” Boxes are great, but what about all the other packing materials you need to make sure your treasures arrive in one piece? What about the markers, lists, tape and other items you will need to stay organized on both ends of the move?

2 – Remove Distractions

Unless your children are near grown or your dog speaks English and can follow directions, they are probably going to get in your way while you are preparing to move and while you’re unpacking. Do whatever is in your means to remove them from the process. It’ll be better for everyone.

moving into a new home without stress

3 – De-Clutter Mercilessly – AKA Pack and Purge

Anything you donate, sell, or throw away is something you don’t have to pack, move, and unpack. Now is not the time for half-hearted sentiment. You know which of your possessions really matter and which do not. Be merciless in preparing to pack, and take advantage of the time to de-clutter.

4 – Stay Organized – Label Everything

While packing, label everything with some detail. Not only will this help the right boxes end up in the right rooms in your new place, but it will also help you establish an efficient order for unpacking. (Chances are you won’t need your punchbowl set the first few days (weeks) you’re in your new home.)

moving into a new home without stress

5 – Hire Some Help

There is no shame in hiring people to help you move. Whether it’s just some local muscle to help load and unload the truck, a professional packing company to help with the process leading up to the big day, or a full service moving company, every little bit can help.

Whatever you can afford to hire out for is something less for you to deal with. Check out this article on Making the Most of Hiring a Moving Company on the Hotel Latape website.

You Needn’t Make Yourself Sick

The last tip we could leave you with is to try to take care of yourself. Even if you can’t afford to hire help, or daycare for the kids and pets, and if you don’t have time to do a proper culling, be mindful of your daily limits and remember that moving is a process; it needn’t happen at all at once to be successful.


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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.

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