7 Sure-Fire Ways to Have a More Relaxing Move

It’s no secret—moves are stressful! Finding ways to have a more relaxing move can seem impossible! Between the arrangements and details, the packing, cleaning, sorting, and planning, it’s no easy feat.

This summer marks the seventh time I’ve moved since 2011. It is awful, but at the corner of every move, I know I’m moving onto a bigger and better adventure. I’ve found ways to take the edge off moving. Hopefully these tips will help you keep calm and allow you to enjoy a more relaxing move.

Relaxing Move Tip #1 – Research, Schedule, & Execute!

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We’ve all heard the saying “be prepared”, but, what does it actually mean? Some simple and effective steps to getting prepared for your move include: 1.) Keeping a notebook with all of your contacts, to-do lists, and thoughts or ideas in one place. You can reference this throughout the process and easily access information. 2.) Make detailed to-do lists. Start 8 weeks out and count down, moving through each task on your list with each passing week. Check out our Ultimate Moving Checklist!

Relaxing Move Tip #2 – Infuse De-stressors Into Your Routine

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What do you currently do to de-stress? Whether it’s yoga, meditation, cooking, going for a walk, or time with family, KEEP DOING IT! A lot of times our routine sense of normalcy gets lost in the shuffle during a move and that’s often the only thing that keeps us going. If you’re moving somewhere new and you’re near a beautiful park or neighborhood, make a new routine and go for an evening walk each night. Even just a half hour a day to yourself can make all the difference!

Relaxing Move Tip #3 – Give Back During Your Move

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As you’re sorting through your things and making donation, trash and keep piles, be sure to consider most of your items as a donation. Even if it is more convenient to just put something out by the curb, it forfeits a huge sense of satisfaction in giving to others in need. Whether you donate to your local Goodwill or contact a church and ask for a list of families in need, giving back can be a really special activity that automatically puts you in a better mood!

Relaxing Move Tip #4 – Listen to Music While Packing

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The right tunes can make all the difference! Create your very own packing playlist. Is Beyoncé your jam? How about a little Florida Georgia Line? Whatever it may be, crank up the tunes that make you feel good and in no time you’ll catch yourself singing and dancing along to the beat, making your tasks all the less daunting.

Relaxing Move Tip #5 – Pack an AWESOME Open First Box

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This is so important. Every time my husband and I move, we have a bottle of wine ready to open up in our new place.  This requires the use of a wine opener, which in our first two moves we ended up having to go buy new ones because we weren’t so smart. Here’s are my KEY items in my open first box (yours may be different)

  • Wine Opener
  • Candle
  • Lighter
  • TV remote
  • Cables for TV
  • Wireless Router and Modem

Within that box, I have everything I need to get started jamming out and unpacking my new home.  It makes unpacking almost fun and helps me relax into my new home.

Relaxing Move Tip #6 – Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Moving is hard enough. Do what you can to make it easier. Buy a cart to help load items if you’re doing it yourself. Anything to improve the process. It will pay off.

Invest in your boxes and utilize different specialty boxes to make life easier. Dish box for your dishes, wardrobe box for your wardrobe. It’ll help keep your items secure, move easier, and make unpacking a heck of a lot better

Relaxing Move Tip #7 – Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

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The saying, “It takes an army” is just as applicable to moving as it is to raising your family! Call on family and friends to help you pack, unpack, transport items, decorate your space, watch your children, make you meals or even just spend some quality time with you! All of these things are beneficial for your mental health and help decrease your stress level.

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