According to a survey, 47% percent of respondents felt increased stress due to their impending move, and 31% experienced sleep deprivation.
Stress is an inevitable part of the moving process. Procuring supplies, packing, and unpacking often seem like an enormous burden.
Also, the thoughts of starting a new life in a new place make knots in your mind. It is especially true if you move from a city like Dallas, considered one of the safest, to another much less like it. You are concerned not only about packing and unpacking but also about safety. So, a lot can clutter your mind.
One way or the other, you get through your stressful thoughts, and finally, the moving day arrives. Now it is time to face last minutes hiccups; the moving truck you asked your friend to lend broke down, or the labor hired to carry boxes bailed out on you. These events can be traumatizing, considering that you are already fatigued from the hard work of the last few days.
Some tips can save you from the uncalled-for stress of moving. Here are the moving suggestions you must consider.
- Hire a moving company
Depending on where you are moving, hire a moving company as soon as you decide to move. Contacting them at the last minute often results in no one accepting to oblige your request.
Getting a slot becomes even more difficult if you relocate over the weekend in cities like Dallas, which is usually crowded due to inbound tourists and city residents. Roads bustle with activity, and traffic can delay your plans.
Try weekdays when the crowd is moderate and everyone is busy at their workplaces. In Dallas, consider visiting Dallas long distance movers services at least a month before the move, considering they might have other orders lined up. Select the company that ensures the safety and security of your goods, on-time delivery, and reasonable rates.
- Opt for the premium moving plan
Besides taking your stuff from one place to another, mover companies also offer packing services. If you don’t have anyone in the house to help you pack, consider buying the premium of the mover company package, which includes packing and unpacking too. It will cost you extra money, but since professionals will handle your stuff, you can rest assured of its safety. Besides, you can find time to handle other things while the moving company staff packs your stuff.
- Make a list of “things to do.”
When moving often, there is a lot to be done, but the pressure of doing everything right and on time makes you forgetful. To save yourself from the horrors of forgetting important stuff and remembering them at the last minute, make a list of “things to do” and a timeline for their completion.
When you finish a task, let’s say “procure packing supplies,” “packing art pieces,” “contacting the utility company at the current and new place,” etc., put a tick alongside. This exercise has two benefits: First, this list will help you track what has already been done and what needs to be done. Secondly, seeing your performance and that too within the allocated time gradually reduces the pressure on your mind.
- De-clutter your house
Every house has a lot in the attic, storage, and other places away from the eyes. These things mostly have no use for you but crowd the space nevertheless. Such stuff does not need to go to your new house. Therefore, before, you pack, you must purge your house and remove everything that needs to be discarded or given away.
Taking out unwanted things will not only save packing and unpacking time but also help you make some money. For instance, you can make a pile of everything that can be sold in a yard sale.
Removing stuff also helps you save; less stuff means you need a smaller van and a few hours of service. All this can help you save on moving company expenditures. After all, why pay to transport stuff which will be discarded once you reach your new house?
- Start packing early
Packing can be time-consuming. In most cases, it takes longer than the time you allocate. Therefore, it is always better to start packing as early as possible so you don’t have to rush it at the last minute and pack inefficiently.
Packing your stuff sloppily enhances the chances of mishandling and breakage during transit. So, start packing immediately after you have purged and de-cluttered your house. This will give you ample time to properly wrap delicate stuff in packing material, bubble wrap, and so on.
- Make a packing plan
The packing stage should be planned appropriately. Meaning you should not be jumping from one room to another. Here is one such plan you can follow.
- Start packing from the room you don’t frequently use, such as the library or kid’s playroom. Packing from these rooms will cause the least disruption in your life. Together, it will allow you to tick off more tasks on your moving to-do list. Similarly, the kitchen should be the last place to pack as you need it till the last minute.
- When packing, label the boxes with the contents they contain. For instance, you can label them with “books,” “kids’ clothes (name of the kid),” “Kitchen spatulas and cutlery,” and so on.
- Mention the room where you want to place the box, for instance, “kids’ room,” “Master bedroom,” and so on. This way, the boxes will be placed at their proper place when unloading, and you won’t be carrying them yourself.
- Pack a moving day kit
It might be tempting to pack everything once and forget about the stuff you will need once you reach your new house. But it is impossible to start unpacking as soon as you get to your new home; you need a few hours of rest before you begin the next phase of your moving. Therefore, have a moving day kit that includes essentials such as toiletries, a phone charger, water bottles, a change of clothes, snacks, etc. Your moving toolkit should have everything that helps you get through a few hours in your new house before you unpack.
Moving to a new place does not have to be a doom and gloom picture. Proper planning and consideration of all aspects can make this process easier. Some aspects that can make moving easier and less stressful are mentioned above. They are not tricky to follow; you must be cognizant of them when moving.
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