If your mind starts racing and you feel stressed the second you officially know you are moving, you are not alone. Most people view moving as an overwhelming ordeal that will create chaos and cause sleepless nights. It does not have to be this way though. Did you ever stop to think that maybe the process is so stressful because you expect it to be? There are a few things you can do to plan ahead, which will help you relax and actually enjoy the experience.
Sort and Purge
Do not fall into the trap of simply packing everything just to get it done with. Why move stuff you have not used or needed in years to a new place so it can just continue to be unused? One of the smartest and most beneficial things you can do is go through everything and get rid of all items you do not need or want. Some stuff that truly is garbage will just go in the trash, but there are a lot of things you can donate or sell. If you have time to have a garage sale, this is ideal, but sporting and camping equipment and other more expensive items can always be listed on Craigslist. Everything that you are not selling, but are not considered trash can be donated. You do not even need to drive your donations anywhere. Many charities will pick them up from your door.
Start Packing Early
You will not appreciate this tip until you get to the week of the move and you don’t have much left to do. Packing even one or two boxes a day will make a huge difference. It is a lot easier to spend 10 to 15 minutes a day packing than devote two exhausting days to it. Time-consuming projects like disassembling the jungle gym and trampoline or taking apart the hot tub should be spread out, too. Starting early on the garage is a good idea, as well, because you may have hazardous waste that will take a little extra effort to dispose of or recycle.
Research New Schools
If you are moving during the school year, do not wait until the last minute to start looking at schools. This will weigh heavily on your mind until you have made your decision and your child is on the schedule to begin there. Plus, children appreciate knowing where they are going, so they can mentally prepare. Older kids may want to get online and get familiar with the school’s activities, code of conduct, groups, dress code, etc.
Get a Floor Plan
One of the worst feelings is realizing during a move that an item you have will not fit in your new home. If you are moving into an apartment, it might not fit in the stairway or service elevator. Taking detailed measurements is a must because then you can get rid of anything you know won’t fit. Plus, if you have a floor plan you can have an idea of where you want to put your furniture, which you will share with the movers. This will eliminate standing in a room for 10 minutes, trying to figure out which wall that 10-foot floor marble fountain should go up against.
Request Work Off
If you do not work on the weekends, you may be tempted to schedule your move then. However, you can usually get a better deal during the week. Whether you need to take a vacation day, or if you simply need to fill out a request form with your boss you should do this as soon as you have decided on a day.