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Many people tend to accept that moving house and stress come hand in hand.
However, while you’ll likely encounter some challenges while moving, the entire process does not need to be fraught with stress and anxiety. Otherwise, you could be putting your health and happiness at risk.
Your happiness matters. And so I decided to share this guide to take the stress out of moving house – so you stay calm while you move homes.
So, let’s get started!
Here are five simple ways to take the stress out of moving house. Make sure you enjoy the adventure you’re about to embark on.
Putting together a moving to-do list is one of the easiest ways to keep stress at bay during this time. This is because it will provide you with some guidance on what to do each time. Plus it will ensure that any time-sensitive tasks are treated as a priority.
For example, your to-do list could ensure that you gather and submit all of the relevant documents in time so you can move in when expected. It also helps you to be prepared before the moving company arrives.
Packing is one of the most stressful aspects of moving. After all, you’ve got to pack your entire life away into some boxes. It also requires a significant investment of your time and energy. Hence, this is why you need to simplify the process as much as possible.
For example, decluttering hacks can come in handy here, as it means you have to pack far less.
When decluttering, think carefully about each item you come across. If you haven’t used it in the last six months and don’t see yourself using it within the next six – it is time to get rid!
Both packing and moving are labor-intensive, and if this is something you think you’ll struggle with or if your car is on the smaller side, you may benefit from working with local movers who can do the hard work on your behalf. This also means you don’t have to worry about your furniture or belongings getting damaged!
The sooner you get started on tasks such as packing, the less stressed you’ll feel as your moving date draws near – due to the simple fact that you’re more prepared for what lies ahead. When packing, start by boxing up the items that you won’t need before moving, such as seasonal clothing or home decor, leaving the things you use daily to last.
It’s also worthwhile to put together a box of essentials (and clearly label it) so that you can find these items right away when you begin unpacking.
Learning some deep breathing or calming exercises is also useful when managing your stress levels, as they can help you calm down or better rationalise your thoughts. This way, any decisions you make are backed by logic rather than panic.
It is also useful to remember the bigger picture. Moving house is a wonderful achievement and an exciting opportunity – and keeping this in mind can make all of the stress, anxiety and seemingly endless paperwork feel worth it! Speaking to others can also come in handy.
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