There’s no doubt about it, moving house can e quite stressful. There is usually a lot more to do than you realize and packing can take longer than you imagine. However, you can make life so much easier on yourself, you just have to know how. The good news is this article will show you how you too can reduce stress during a move.

Keep taking care of yourself

One of the best things you can do is to keep taking care of yourself. This means you should get plenty of rest while ensuring you eat a balanced diet.  Studies have shown that foods that contain serotonin (Bananas, berries, carbs, and a small amount of chocolate) can make you feel less stressed.

Make sure you get as much rest as you need. You might have a lot to do but you’ll feel better doing it after an 8-hour sleep as opposed to a 5-hour sleep.

Organize moving day as quickly as possible

Ideally, you should come up with a moving date as soon as you can. This will ensure you have something to work towards. Having a date will also ensure that you know when you need the moving company to turn up, and when your friends can help you clean the old house. The more organized you are now, the more prepared you’ll be when moving day comes around.

Protect your valuables

When you’re moving home you need to take extra care to protect your valuables. Ensure you have all of your important items in a bag or box that you’ll take with you to your new home.

Be warned, thieves can become interested in your belongings, especially if you leave your front door open and the back of the moving truck unsupervised. Protect all of your valuables and have them close by at all times.

Start packing with a strategic plan in your head

Packing can take a lot longer than you imagined. This is why it’s important that you have a strategic plan. Pack all of your non-essential items first. For example, if you’re moving during the summer months you can pack your winter sweaters now. Once all of the non-essential items are packed work out what to pack next.

Pack ornaments and any items that you don’t need to use every day. Keep packing this way and you’ll soon find you’re almost done. Just make sure you pack at least a few boxes every day. The sooner you start the sooner you’ll be done.

Read More: Five Best Packing Tips for Your House Move

Declutter your home

One mistake that a lot of people make is to take everything from their old home to their new home. When it comes to unpacking their boxes they usually come across items they no longer want or need. Decluttering your home now will mean you’ll have to pack and unpack less. Donate your unwanted items or ask your friends if they want them. The less you have to pack, the less stressed you will be.

Find a moving company you can really trust

You need to find a moving company you can really trust. You should ideally find movers with best reviews as they’re more likely to do a great job. Search online and see what you find. Read all the reviews so you get a real sense of how they work and how good they’ll be.

Ask your family and friends to help you

Getting a little help never hurts. Studies have shown that having support from family and friends during significant events such as moving home can make you feel less stressed. When you have some support with your move you’re less likely to feel stressed about it, plus having a few helping hands never hurts.

Get organized with the help of a moving checklist

Compile a moving checklist so you know what’s been done and what still needs to be done. This will ensure you’re much more likely to stay on top of things.

Know how much your move will cost

Ask for an estimate so you have a rough idea as to how much your move will cost. When you know how much it’s going to be you can start to put money aside. The sooner you save, the less you’ll have to worry about.

Give yourself as much time as you need

Moving home can take a lot of time. Try to give yourself as much time as possible. If you can move over 2-3 days so you have less to do on each day. Take the week off work if you have to, take 2 weeks off work if you can. The more time you have the more you’ll accomplish. Giving yourself a lot of time will also help to reduce stress levels as there won’t be a need to get everything done in a day or 2. Moving house can be a stressful experience, however, the above tips can make life so much easier. Start planning your move now and you’ll feel less stressed when moving day comes around.

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