While moving to a new place can be exciting, it can also be a time-consuming and tiring process. No matter how long your move takes you or how exhausted you are when it’s done, however, there are things you can do to make it a less stressful experience. All it takes is a little planning.

Follow these steps to avoid moving stress:

Start Planning

Once you’ve found a new place, it’s time to start planning your move. While thinking about all the things you need to do might be a bit overwhelming, the more planning you do, the smoother your move will be. About one to two months before your move-in date, make a list of what you’re taking with you, what you’re getting rid of, and how much help you’re going to need, among other things.

(We’ve created a handy, printable, and free moving checklist to help you keep your move organized and on track to help avoid moving stress.)

Purge Stuff

If you take a look around your current place, you’ll likely find a lot of stuff that you can live without. The quickest and easiest way to make your move less stressful is to get rid of stuff you don’t want or don’t need to take with you.

Depending on how much stuff you need to get rid of, you could consider having a yard sale, selling stuff on Craigslist or eBay, or giving things to friends or family. You can also donate, recycle, or simply throw away your unneeded stuff.

Here is some more information on how and where to get rid of your excess stuff.

Schedule Your Move

Now that you have a little more room to think, it’s time to get everything ready for the big day.

Take a deep breath, and then take an inventory of all the items you need to move. Can you move it all yourself or will you need help? If you can’t move it all yourself, do you have friends or family that can help or will you need to hire someone? (Here are some tips on estimating the true full cost of your move.)

Once you’ve figured out who will be helping on moving day, figure out where everything will go. Sketch out a quick outline of where your furniture items will be arranged in each room, and make a copy to give to everyone who’ll be helping.

Are you putting anything in storage? To help avoid moving stress make sure the appropriate people have the key or key code they’ll need to access the unit. (Here are some tips on selecting a storage unit.)

Are you moving with pets? Here are some tips to help your pets move safely.

While you’re scheduling your move, go ahead and schedule any time off from work that you’ll need, as well as your address change. Also, it goes without saying that not having electricity or water on day one at your new place can be stressful, so take some time to schedule the transfer of your utilities and other household services.

Pack and Stack

From this point until moving day, most of your time will be spent packing your belongings.

Gather all the supplies you’ll need and don’t be afraid to ask people to help. (Consider buying some pizzas and having a packing party.) Take time to neatly and carefully pack your boxes, and then catalog each one—give each box a number and detail the contents of each one, while also setting aside one box to pack all of the essentials you’ll need on your first night in your new place.

To avoid moving stress neatly stack your boxes so they’ll be easy to load on moving day, and clean each room in your home as it becomes empty so don’t have to freak out about cleaning everything at once.

Here is a list of handy packing hacks we’ve put together to make your move a little easier.

Get Moving

The day before your move, confirm your plans, reservations, and bookings. Also be sure to check the weather.

On moving day, start early so you don’t have to rush. If your move is going to take all day, be sure to pause so everyone can eat. Make sure your helpers know where things are supposed to go, and make sure everybody has something to do. Ask for a volunteer to haul away any garbage or empty boxes.

After you’ve double-checked your new place’s safety and security features, unpack only what you have the energy to unpack, and then get some rest.

Celebrate!

Congratulations! You did it!

Take a few days to unpack your stuff and decorate, and then invite some friends and family over to join you in enjoying your new place.


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