Moving is stressful – there’s no debating that. However, there are ways to dampen the stress and make the whole process go smoother + efficiently, and even stay married during the process. ☺ 😉
We’ve moved a lot in the last 12 years. According to my calculations, it’s about once a year. I used to dread it but now I don’t mind. I love and crave change (when change moves me forward 😉 ). Also, moving is great exercise. Jus’ sayin’. Also, it’s a chance to purge some stuff! Here’s a post I wrote about what to purge when you move.
Here are my 7 hot tips on how you can make your move less stressful:
- Cook simpler meals or choose to eat out the week before the big move. This will not only help you keep your fridge cleaned out, except for the basic stuff, but it’ll take one more thing off your overflowing plate.
- Pack decorations, pictures, china cabinet and stored items well ahead of time. Your walls and china cabinet might be bare and you may have some boxes laying around for a few weeks, but trust me on this one – you’ll really be glad you got such a big chunk done and checked off your list.
- Plan your furniture layout before you move in. If the owners or current rental tenants will let you come in for 10 – 15 minutes, measure each room of the new place. Then, measure your furniture, bust out a piece of graph paper and make a plan. This will not only help the movers on moving day but it’ll also be one more thing figured out which = less stress.
- Get all the laundry done (cleaned, dried + folded) a few days before the move and only keep out what you need for the next few days. Everything else, pack in your suitcases, or just put them in your drawers. BONUS HOT TIP: Leave your clothes in the drawers and take the drawers out of the dressers. It’ll make the dressers lighter + it’ll give your kiddo’s something to carry/help with/keep busy.
- Speaking of kiddos: put them to work! Graham is 7 and you can be sure he’ll be helping out when we move at the end of this month. He’ll be carrying light stuff, cleaning cupboards, taking the trash out and vacuuming!My 14 year old step son, Tyler, will be able to help move heavier stuff like boxes and large items. Emmah, who’s 12, can carry semi-heavy stuff, help clean as we go, and keep Graham busy when he gets board of helping. 😉 If your littles are really little, get a sitter – trust me! Having the kids around while moving is a huge distraction. Like, when you’re on the phone, or resting.
- Color Coding – use bright colored duck tape with one color representing each room of your new place. This will help movers – even if that’s you – know where to put each box without asking you every 10 seconds “does this go?”
- Meditate + Pray the morning of the move – I know you’re probably thinking, pfff I won’t have time to sit and meditate or pray that day! I’ll have movers coming first thing in the morning! I hear you! Our movers will be here at 9:00am and my mom will be here at 8:30 or earlier to help.Nothing is worthy of doing if God doesn’t have a hand in it some way. You’ll NEED his help on moving day to keep you from going B-A-N-A-N-A-S and to give you strength. Carving out time specifically to shut your brain off, put the long to-do list aside, and have quiet personal time with Holy Spirit will make your day go so much smoother and you’ll feel less anxious all day.
We’re moving at the end of this month and I wrote out a packing schedule on paper (shown below) but I also made one for you! (and my husband – he likes typed lists).
Happy Moving friend!
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