Statistically, some of the most stressful events that can happen to a person are getting divorced, starting a new job, and moving to a new house. Even though moving can be an exciting new start in your life, it’s no doubt incredibly overwhelming. There are so many things to do, and it can be incredibly physically and mentally laborious. Rather than allowing your move to totally crush your sanity, it’s in your best interest to find the best ways to make it easier.
Sound impossible? Believe it or not, there are some moving hacks out there that can make your moving process not only easier but potentially even stress-free. Let’s dive in.
Get Started Early
The early bird gets the early worm— and moving is no exception to this rule. The earlier that you get started on the entire moving process, the less work it will feel like. Chipping slowly away at something rather than trying to do something in a short an unrealistic amount of time will only invite stress.
Several weeks before your move, you should start creating a list of everything that you’ll need to get done. Check off the list as you go and get as much done ahead of time as you can. Some things you won’t be able to do until it gets closer to the moving date—like the actual move itself. However, doing things like changing your address with your utility companies or finding free cardboard boxes can be done well in advance.
Have a Garage Sale
Chances are you have some old things that you wouldn’t mind getting rid of. They’re probably taking up space and may even be worth some money. Moving is a great opportunity to purge old junk that you don’t need. Why not have a garage sale? A garage sale is a great way to get rid of stuff you’ve been wanting to purge and potentially make money off of it at the same time.
Get Various Quotes From Movers
All too often, people assume that the first moving company they talk to is the best price they can get. Not the case. Make sure that you do some shopping around and get quotes from at least three different moving companies. You’ll find that doing a little bit of research will help you save a significant amount of money in the big picture.
Color Code Your Boxes
A lot of people consider themselves organized movers because they label each box that they pack. While it is helpful to have boxes that say things like “kitchen” or “bathroom,” it’s even easier for your eye to identify what’s in a box by color-coding it. For example, everything that’s orange goes in the garage, everything that’s green is clothing. It simplifies the entire unpacking process and makes things easier to find!