Moving This Summer? Here Are 19 Tips To Moving Without Stress

As summer approaches, moving season is also underway. Moving to a new home is often an exciting milestone but can also be a source of significant stress. The process involves numerous tasks, from packing and organizing to logistics and potential unforeseen issues. However, moving can be a manageable experience with the right approach and preparation. By following a set of strategic tips, you can streamline your move and transition to your new home with ease and peace of mind. Whether you’re downsizing, relocating for a job, or simply seeking a change of scenery, these stress-free moving tips help you navigate the process with confidence and minimal hassle.

Here are some tips to turning a potentially chaotic moving day into a smooth and efficient operation.

Start Early and Plan Ahead

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Begin your moving process weeks, if not months, in advance. Create a detailed timeline with all your tasks before the move. This includes sorting your belongings, packing, hiring movers, and setting up utilities at your new place. Starting early reduces the last-minute rush and gives you ample time to handle unexpected challenges.

Declutter Before Packing

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If time permits, take the time to sort through your items and decide what to keep, sell, donate, or throw away. Decluttering can significantly reduce the volume of things you need to pack and move, saving on moving costs and simplifying your setup in the new home. It’s also emotionally freeing to let go of items you no longer need or use.

Create an Inventory and Label Boxes

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Keeping an inventory helps track your items during the move and ensures nothing gets lost. This is especially useful if you are moving across different states. Label each box with its contents and the room in which it belongs. This makes unpacking more organized and less overwhelming because you can prioritize which boxes to open first based on necessity.

Pack an Essentials Box

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Pack a box with items you’ll need immediately upon arrival at your new home, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, essential tools, medications, important documents, phone chargers, and snacks. Having these essentials easily accessible will keep you comfortable during the first few hours or days when everything else is still packed.

Hire Reputable Movers

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Research and hire reputable movers with good reviews and fair rates if you use a moving company. A reliable moving company can alleviate much of the physical stress of moving and give you peace of mind that your belongings are in good hands.

Use Quality Packing Materials

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Invest in sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper to protect your belongings. Proper materials can prevent damage to your items and reduce the stress of dealing with broken possessions when you arrive at your new home.

Take Breaks and Stay Hydrated

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Moving is physically and emotionally taxing. Remember to take regular breaks, stay hydrated, and eat nutritious meals. This will help maintain your energy levels and reduce the physical strain of moving day.

Enlist Help from Friends and Family

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Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Friends and family can offer valuable support, whether it’s packing, heavy lifting, or watching your children or pets on a moving day. It’s also an excellent opportunity for bonding and making the experience more enjoyable. Show your appreciation with a thank you note or a meal, and be ready to return the favor when they need assistance.

Keep Important Documents and Valuables With You

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Personal documents, jewelry, and other valuables should be kept with you during the move. Pack these items separately and transport them in your vehicle. This reduces the risk of losing or damaging these irreplaceable items during the move.

Plan for Pets and Children

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Moving can be incredibly disorienting for pets and young children. Arrange for a pet sitter or childcare on the moving day to keep them safe and reduce your stress. Shortly after the move you should also familiarize them with the new home and pack a bag with their favorite toys, blankets, and other comfort items to help them settle in.

Schedule Utilities for Your New Home

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Before you move, arrange for the transfer or initiation of essential utilities such as electricity, water, gas, internet, and cable services at your new residence. Having these services up and running when you arrive will allow you to settle in more comfortably and avoid the inconvenience of living without them.

Take Photos of Electronic Setups

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Photograph the cable setup before disconnecting your TV, computer, or other electronic devices. This will be a handy reference when you’re reconnecting everything in your new home, saving you the frustration of remembering which cable goes where.

Pack Room by Room

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Tackle one room at a time to stay organized and avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box. This method makes it easier to unpack and arrange your new home room by room rather than dealing with a random assortment of items from your old house.

Measure Furniture and Doorways

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Before moving day, measure large pieces of furniture and the doorways, staircases, and elevators they’ll need to pass through. This ensures that everything will fit, preventing the stress of last-minute scrambles to make room or find alternative solutions.

Change Your Address

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Update your address with the post office, banks, employers, and subscription services ahead of time to ensure a seamless transition. This prevents important mail and packages from being sent to your old address and keeps your personal information up to date.

Prepare Your New Home

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Clean your new home before you move in. It’s easier to wipe down shelves, clean carpets, and paint walls when the space is empty. This step lets you unpack and settle into a fresh, clean environment immediately.

If you are selling and purchasing a new home, many realtors will gift you a ‘cleaning service’ for the new home before you move in, so be sure to ask your realtor about this.

Stay Flexible

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No matter how well you plan, unexpected issues can arise. Stay flexible and keep a positive attitude. Being adaptable will help you manage surprises and reduce stress during moving.

Celebrate the Milestone

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Moving is hard work, so once you’re in your new home, take the time to celebrate. Whether it’s a small housewarming party with close friends and family or a quiet evening with a special meal, acknowledging your accomplishment can provide a sense of closure to the moving process and a warm welcome to your new space.

Rest and Recover

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After the move, give yourself time to rest and recover. Moving is not only physically demanding, but it can also be emotionally draining. Allow yourself a few days to unwind and acclimate to your new surroundings. Take the time to recharge your batteries to tackle unpacking and setting up your home with renewed energy.

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