Moving an entire house full of 15 years of possessions can be extremely stressful. Actually, even if you’re just moving out of your parents’ basement into your own home, moving takes planning to keep the stress levels down.  Making a list of everything that needs to be done will go along way in making you feel more comfortable with the move. Think about the things that are necessary to pack up your belongings. There are boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, foam inserts and more. As you check each item off of the list, you’re sense of accomplishment will rise.

Hopefully these other tips will help you with your next move.

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Get Rested

Generally, big moves don’t just sneak upon us. You’ll likely know a few month ahead of time that a move is coming. Taking care of your health in the meantime will help prepare you for the strenuous tasks ahead. If you don’t already, start getting enough sleep. Get used to a set time to shut everything down and head to bed. Don’t spend the last minutes you’re awake playing games on your phone. It’s suggested you shut off electronic games 30 minutes before you go to sleep to ensure restful sleep. Your amazing brain takes a while to shut down into relaxation and electronic games will cause more time spent shutting down. It’s better to pick up a book and read a bit. You’ll have better sleep.

You’re in for a lot of physical activity during your move. Packing boxes, emptying cabinets, and physically picking up heavy furniture can take a toll physically. You’ll be on your feet all day likely and depending on the season, heat exhaustion can be a factor. If you’re going to be in the heat of the season, take all the necessary precautions to stay hydrated. In other words, eat well, sleep well, stay well.

Hire Help if You Can

Ideally, hiring a moving company is the most convenient way to go. The services moving companies provide go from just loading your possessions onto the truck, to actually packing your things then loading. Using moving companies like North American Van Lines and many others can save you a lot of headache in the long run. Professionals know all of the steps necessary to make your move a success.

If you can’t afford to hire a company, see if trusted friends and family can help. Be careful though. Don’t just let anyone have access to your things. Be mindful if a friend brings a friend you don’t know. It’s better for something so personal as a move, that you actually know the people handling your things. Unless you’re using bonded and insured professionals, be wary.

You May Need to Secure a Storage Facility  

If you’re moving to a home that’s not totally move-in ready, you may need to store many of your items. Depending on the situation, you may not have access to your entire new home. We were doing major renovations to our current home when we moved in. We essentially operated from two rooms. Needless to say, storage was a must. Find a very secure self-storage facility if you need to store items before being able to get them into your new home. Don’t just pick the place closest to your new home; read reviews. Be sure the facility doesn’t have a problem with theft or weather damage. You want your things to still look great when you are finally able to get them into your new house. 

Stay Positive

Even if you happen to be moving somewhat against your wishes; it can still be a positive experience. Your mindset can control so much. If you have no choice but to move, start really concentrating on the good things that can come from the experience. It may be hard to get that “pro” column as long as the “con” but it starts with your heart. You may need to think of the good things that can happen. It’s possible that a new best friend is waiting to meet you. If you’re single; your soul mate may just waiting in your new neighborhood. That job of a lifetime that you didn’t even know you wanted could be around the corner.

Even if you have to talk yourself into it; stay positive. If it’s a move you’re looking forward to; all the more reason to stay positive. It will help you get past the stress of the move itself. Good things are waiting for you; you just have to be on the lookout for them.

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