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6 Tips to Manage Moving Stress

December 7, 2021

It’s no secret that moving can be stressful. Feeling overwhelmed during your big move is normal. After all, you probably have a lot on your mind. From packing, to getting the right moving supplies, to calling utility companies—your moving to-do list may seem endless.

Luckily, there are ways to minimize moving stress so that you can focus on building your exciting new life, rather than sweating over how you’ll get everything done.

Here are six tips to manage moving stress.

Remember that it’s temporary 

When you’re in the thick of a big move, it can feel like you’ll be stressed out and tired forever. Even though things may be extremely hectic right now, remember that this too shall pass. Before you know it you’ll be settled into your new place and the discomfort of moving will be a distant memory. It also helps to remember that stress can be good for you. Researchers have found that a moderate amount of stress increases alertness and performance. As long as the stress is temporary and manageable it can actually help you to be more productive.

Give yourself enough time 

During a big move—and, really, throughout your life—managing your time is essential. As Leo Tolstoy put it, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” Do yourself a favour and give yourself enough time for your move. Here are some general estimates for how long it will take to pack up your home:

  • One bedroom apartment: two days.
  • Two bedroom home: three to four days.
  • Three bedroom home: four to five days.
  • Four bedroom home: five to six days.

Remember to also allot enough time for deep cleaning and performing any needed repairs.

Start with small tasks 

The easiest way to beat overwhelm and stress is to start with small, achievable tasks. Checking easy tasks off your to-do list will give you a sense of accomplishment and build momentum. You can start by making all the necessary arrangements for your move: call utility companies, book travel, get moving quotes. Other easy tasks you can do early on include decluttering, packing closets and performing small repairs.

Stay organized 

If you feel like it’s hard to stay organized during a move you’re not alone. It’s natural to feel scatterbrained during a time of transition. Luckily, with the right tools and game plan it’s easy to stay organized. The first step is to create a moving binder to keep track of receipts, contracts and other important documents. Next, download an organization app such as Sortly to keep track of things. Described as the ultimate organizer app, Sortly allows you to create a visual inventory of your stuff using photos, tags and notes.

Hire professional movers 

If it’s within your budget, the easiest way to minimize moving stress is to hire professional movers. Pros will literally do the heavy lifting for you. They can also pack and unpack your belongings including fragile items such as pianos and art. When looking for a reliable mover be sure to choose an experienced company with plenty of testimonials and reviews.

Accept help 

Though it may seem heroic to try to do everything on your own, this is a recipe for burnout. Ask friends and family for support during your move. Even if you’re hiring professional movers you can still ask a friend to help you declutter or watch your kids while you run errands. Accepting help from others makes moving more manageable.

Need help with your move? 

With over 70 years in the business, Boyd is one of Canada’s most trusted moving companies. Our experienced team and well-established process will help make your move as stress-free as possible. Request a moving quote.