How To Organize Your Move Without Getting Stressed
You’re more than excited!!! You’ve just got that new job you wanted so badly. You’re moving out of the city from your apartment to your brand-new home. Could it get any more exciting than this!! Now reality sets in; while you’re excited about taking that next step, you’re facing a huge frustration. You need to pack and Organize all your belongings into boxes and move them to your new home.
Moving is crazy and stressful. But there are ways to survive the process without prematurely growing (more) grey hairs.
First and foremost, manage your stress by making a plan. Identify everything you will need to do from packing up your belongings to unpacking your belongings when you move into your new home.
Decide what you will take with you, toss, sell or donate. It’s hard to imagine how you collected so much stuff without even realizing it. To help relieve the stress you are probably experiencing about now, take one room at a time and separate every item into 4 piles: Keep, Toss, Donate, Sell. With your toss pile, bag it and toss immediately. Assign a space where your donate and sell boxes will be held until you can get rid of them.
When packing, clearly label each box based on the room from which it was packed. This way, when you unload the boxes at your new home, you will know which room you should deposit each box – bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, etc.
Eat through the contents of your refrigerator and pantry. Spend the weeks prior to your leaving by creating “hit or miss” meals based on whatever happens to be left in your refrigerator or cabinets.
The most stress-free way to tackle the rest of your packing is by blocking off a chunk of time in which you can focus exclusively on that single task. If you have children who cannot entertain themselves, find a babysitter who can watch your children, preferably, away from your house. You do not want any interruptions.
Keep one suitcase per person in which you store the items that you’ll need to immediately access, such as clean underwear, socks and a toothbrush.
The last thing that you need is to move into your new home and “can’t find that thing you must have right now!” Store your valuables in a well-guarded location, such as your purse or in a bank safe-deposit box. For other items you may need such as documents, insurance cards or records, etc. put those items in one box and label it as “Important”.
Moving can be stressful and a lot of work, but with a plan your move will be less stressful and you can look forward to your move with excitement.