Moving with Less Stress

Posted by Steph Kaye on Sunday, December 28th, 2014 at 12:18pm.

Tips on How to Move with A Little Less Stress

Whether you are going across town or across the country, moving an entire household can create meltdowns, even for the best of us. But by beginning the planning process as soon as possible, you can minimize stress and increase the likelihood that everything will go smoothly on moving day. Here are 10 sanity-saving ways to get ready for the big move.

Picture how you want your new home to look and feel. The best thing you can do to prepare for any move is to let go of any excess belongings. Get motivated to clear out clutter by viewing this as an opportunity to streamline your belongings and let go of stuff you have been wanting to get rid of. Now is your chance!

When you are considering whether you want to keep an item, imagine packing it, carrying it from your old house to the new one and unpacking it. Is it worth the effort? How would it make you feel to have this item in your new home if the answer is "weighted down," let that be your cue to let it go.

Start by planning a virtual move. If you are not in the habit of backing up the data on your computer, now is the time to invest in an external hard drive or sign up for an online data storage service. Knowing that your computer files and digital photos are safely backed up and easily accessed can take a huge weight off your shoulders.

Organize your power cords now for easier setup later. Label each power cord with the name of the device it goes to and you won't have to worry about searching for the cord you need. For devices that have more than one cord, use colored dot stickers to label each cord and the hole it plugs into on the back of the device. Then when you go to reconnect it after the move, you can save yourself the frustration of figuring out what cord goes where.

Gather all important papers in a fireproof lock box. Just like backing up computer files, saving important documents in a lock box is something that we all should be doing. Gather birth certificates, passports and other important records and sensitive financial documents in your box. When moving day arrives, this box should be with you in your car (or put the contents of it in your carry-on bag if flying).

Streamline DVD and CD collections. If you have a large movie or music collection, you can save yourself a few boxes by moving the discs into binder sleeves and discarding the cases. If you already have your music collection on your computer, consider selling the original CDs.

If you haven't used it, don't move it. Many items in your garage, attic and basement sit untouched and forgotten about for years on end which raises the question, why are we holding onto this stuff? If you can't even remember the last time you used something, get rid of it. Once you've pared things down, items in the storage areas of your home can easily be packed and labeled for the move.

Use a labeling system. Try color-coding your box labels depending on which room the box will go in, and then number each box. Keep a record with a list of the contents of each numbered box. When you are unpacking, you can simply check your master list to see which box you need.

Clear the outside. It can be exhausting to tackle all of that outdoor stuff at the end of the packing process, yet for some reason this is often the last area to be packed up. Make things easier by giving the outdoor areas of your home a walk-through now, pulling aside anything that's broken or will not be needed at the new place.

Keep organized with a moving binder. Information from your moving or truck rental company, to-do lists, your master packing list and a zip-top bag with memory sticks or other computer data backup can all be stashed inside. As your move date approaches, tuck in a folder with current bills, stamps and your checkbook. Be sure to keep this binder with you at all times during the move.

Stash of essentials. There is nothing worse than arriving at your new house and having to scramble to find the basics like toilet paper, pajamas and coffee. Begin collecting all of those little items you will want access to right away when you move (a cleaned-out cupboard works nicely) so you can organize your essentials even as you are still using them.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

o One set of dishes or a set of disposables

oA teakettle or coffee maker

o Basic tools (screwdrivers, a hammer etc.)

o Garbage bagso Box cutterso Lightbulbs, toilet paper and paper towels

o Shower curtain

o Towels

o Sheets for each bed

o Curtains for the bedrooms

o Snacks

o A movie to watch on your laptop the first night 

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