Finding Calm in the Chaos – Tackling Moving Day
Read any moving blog online, and you will find hundreds of tips on how to keep yourself calm by doing things as making a checklist, tackling certain areas of the house, and de-cluttering. While these tips do work, the stress still remains at the back of your mind and you end up forgetting to pack the important items.
You will be plagued by emotions such as denial, sadness and the hardest hit of all — anxiety. A great way to make this process easier on you and your family is to admit that some things are simply out of your control. So, are you ready to get started?
Following are some calming techniques and advice that you should try to stay focused during the moving process:
Banish the Thought That “Time Is Running Out”
It’s “Day 1” and you are already starting to panic.
There’s so much to do.
I think I won’t be able to finish packing on time.
How can I stay calm when I haven’t even started packing my clothes let alone the kids!
These are probably some of the surface thoughts that are going around in your head. The best way to get rid of them is to start packing early and in small ways. See something that you will definitely be taking with you? Pack it then and there. Whenever you are running some errand, take out 15 minutes to arrange some of the things in order that will be packed.
Calculate Your Moving Expenses
You have made a moving list and planned how certain furniture and other items will be packed. What you are forgetting here is that when the time comes to actually start the packing, you will need dozens of supplies. The average moving cost is around $4,300 and this increases according to miles. If you are moving big items such as a piano, Jacuzzi, snooker table and 12-seater dining tables, then you will need a crate for long distances. Think on this first and then proceed.
Here are a few tips that will help you set a budget:
- Find an affordable and reliable moving company (Browse online and interview at least 3 services before making your decision. Do check their credentials to make sure that they are certified movers and not scammers)
- Create a budget
- Get rid of unnecessary items at the start so that they don’t take up the moving cost
- If you have time, hold a garage sale to make some extra cash on the side
Let the Professionals Take Care Of the Heavy Items
Your job is to hire a moving company and then sit back and relax while they do the job. A few moving companies offer special services where they pack delicate items themselves and carry them to the moving truck. Trying to pack that heavy armoire in blankets and then moving it with the help of your neighbor is a recipe for disaster. This will not only hurt you but might also damage the armoire. Moving companies come bearing tools and lifters that help easily carry heavy items, so don’t worry.
In the meantime, why don’t you sit outside in the garden and listen to some music while keeping an eye on the movers! The more relaxed you will be, the more the excitement will build of moving into your new home.