Moving Tips to Make Relocating Less Stressful

Whether you’re just heading to a new home across town or traveling clear across the country, moving can be a stressful experience. From packing to scheduling to organizing and making tons of phone calls, it can be absolutely exhausting. Knowing where to start and how to stay focused with the least amount of stress is vital for a successful move.

Give yourself enough time

Waiting until the last minute may have worked in college on that term paper that was due the next day, but you’ll need to plan ahead for your move. If you want to hire a moving company, many get booked weeks or months in advance, especially during the busier summer months (starting in May). You’ll also need to allow for the timing of going through all of your stuff, donating or trashing it, and then packing it all up. This process can take quite some time, depending on how much you have accumulated over the years. Giving notice is essential for things like work, utilities, and your current home (if you rent).

Make a list

To start, you’ll want to make a list of everything that needs to be done before you move, whether it’s on paper or digitally via moving apps or even Google Sheets. Sites like and have extensive checklists to get inspiration from. Once you’ve got everything you think you’ll need to do, start prioritizing tasks based on timeliness (when it needs to be done and how long it will take). Go through the list again and try to think of anything that you may be missing, like updating your address with the USPS or notifying your bank that you’re relocating. You may think of additional things to add to the list as you get through it, but having somewhere to start will help you keep track of everything that’s being done.

Clean and organize

Rather than moving a bunch of stuff that you no longer want or need, go through all of your belongings and either donate them or throw them away. Most moving companies charge by the weight of your move, so you’ll really want to consider whether you want to pay extra to haul something heavy that never gets used. You’ll want to clean and condense a few times before you start packing, just to be sure you’re not missing anything and so you’re not overwhelmed with trying to do it all at once.

Get some sleep

This tip may seem obvious, but lack of sleep can do serious damage to your mind and body, especially when you’re dealing with the stress of moving. Sleep deprivation makes us moody and irritable, and it also impairs important things like memory and decision-making. Don’t try to overdo it by working until the wee hours of the night to get everything done. If you plan ahead and get to bed at a reasonable time, you’ll be setting yourself up for success.

Life can be stressful sometimes, and moving — no matter the distance — is certainly no exception. By accepting that it will be a tough time and preparing as much as possible, you’ll be doing yourself many favors.

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