Moving Soon? Here’s How to Make the Process a Little Less Stressful

May 15, 2018

Do you have a big move on the horizon? Is the anxiety starting to mount? Stop and take a breath. Moving can be a stressful experience, yes, when you realize just how long your to-do list actually is. But if you take the time to get all your ducks in a row before the big day, you may find the move goes much smoother than expected. Follows these steps to ease the moving stress.

  1. Prep. Start preparing for your move a few weeks before it actually happens. Stock up on packing materials like tape and cardboard boxes—the latter you can usually get for free at your grocery store if you just ask. Begin the process of forwarding your mail and updating residency information. Start to measure your furniture to determine if you need a truck and, if you do, rent one well in advance.
  2. Purge. Before you start to box up items, decide what deserves to get left behind. Moving presents the perfect opportunity to sift through your belongings and donate or sell any clothing, furniture, appliances, or housewares you never use. Donate the smaller stuff to a local thrift store and post a few of the larger items, particularly anything that you spent a lot of money on, on a website like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. It won't go for retail price, but you might get something for it. If nothing else, it's off your hands before moving day.
  3. Pack. Now that you've pared down your belongings and have all the packing supplies together, you can actually begin to pack. Start by setting aside the everyday items you'll need right up until moving day and first thing when you unpack in the new place (like your toothbrush and other toiletries). Place these in a suitcase or duffel bag. Then begin packing your apartment room by room and labeling each box carefully. This methodical approach will take more time at the outset, but you'll thank yourself when you start to unpack at the new place.

Moving Out: How to Make a Packing Plan [Apartment Guide]
7 Helpful Tips for Moving Everything You Own [Apartment Therapy]
The Start-to-Finish Guide for Moving to a New Place [Lifehacker]

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