Moving can be a very stressful time. One survey shows that Americans rate moving as the third most stressful life event, preceded only by death and divorce. That’s not a good thing — especially given that six out of 10 Americans make major moves at least once and 66% of Americans ages 18 to 29 expect to pack up and move within the next five years or so. Luckily, there are some relatively simple steps you can take to pack and move without all of the stress. Here are a few pointers that will keep you cool, calm, and collected.
Have A Moving Timeline
When should you start packing? When is it time to get moving company quotes? When should you have a moving company booked and ready to go? Before anything else, creating a rough moving timeline will help you stay on top of your responsibilities. It is best to do make this moving timeline or checklist before you are in the thick of it and feverishly trying to catch up. (Hint: If you approach your timeline correctly and stick to it, there won’t be any last-minute catching up to do!) For example, Apartment Guide recommends notifying your landlord at least two months before you plan to leave; creating a moving budget and finding necessary supplies (boxes, tape packing materials) should also be done six to eight weeks prior to moving. Hire a local moving company or long distance moving company no later than four or five weeks before your move-in date.
Know Your Limits
In order to stay sane, you need to know your limits. You won’t be able to pack up the entire house in a day. (Don’t try it!) Have a weight limit for boxes. Boxes should be no more than 50 pounds. This will make things easier for you and your movers, and it will reduce the likelihood of tape failing and boxes bottoming out. Know how much you can and cannot fit in your new house or apartment, and plan accordingly. Host a garage sale, donate items, or talk to self storage management companies as necessary.
It is possible to move without the stress. Plan important moving events carefully and purposefully, pack boxes responsibly, and, if necessary, contact self storage management companies.