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5 Secrets to a Stress-Free Move


While moving can be an exciting time, it can also be stressful. Packing everything up and changing your life is a big undertaking. You might be moving so that you can downsize, meaning that you’ll have to sell, donate or throw away a few items. Whether you are moving across town, across the country, or across the world, there are steps you can take to reduce the stress that comes with relocating. Here are 5 secrets to consider so that you can have a stress-free move.

Make a list of subscriptions to cancel or move

You want to avoid paying for services or products that you aren’t using. When moving, it’s important to consider the subscriptions that you are enjoying in your current home. Making a list of any home care services, internet providers, utility providers, or mail subscriptions that you would need to cancel allows you to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. You might also want to make a list of people to send your new address to so that your friends can easily visit you in your new home. 

Label your boxes

One of the most important things to organize in your move is the boxes with your belongings. While you are packing, it’s a good idea to label which room the box goes in, the contents of each box and if it’s fragile. There are even apps with QR codes that you can stick to your boxes to see photos of what you packed. This step will make moving in and organizing much easier, as well as helping you avoid broken or lost items in your plethora of boxes.

Start packing early

While it might be tempting to push off packing until the last minute, especially when you’re stressed about the move, starting to pack early will reduce your stress. Packing one room a day is a good system that many people stick to. Others prefer to pack according to category. For example, some people pack all of their cleaning products and then all of their books. No matter what system you prefer to use, allowing plenty of time to pack effectively will make unpacking later much easier.

Moving day box

It’s possible to overpack and end up not having everything that you need during moving day. A good way to make sure that you are taken care of while moving is to pack one box or suitcase with everything you need. This can include toothbrushes, a change of clothes, phone chargers, or snacks. Keeping the essentials close and accessible makes moving day that much easier until you can get around to unpacking.

Get help with transporting boxes

Moving day means that your home will be full of boxes and heavy furniture. It can take many trips, and become quite the hassle to load the boxes into a truck. A good way to make light work of your moving job is to secure some help. Either hiring professional movers or recruiting friends and family to help do some of the heavy lifting can also make the move much more enjoyable and quicker. Remember to stay safe and avoid lifting anything that is too heavy on your own.

Make the best decisions for your move

While moving day may look similar for everyone, there will be decisions that you can make early on to avoid stress. Planning ahead and considering these aspects will help you achieve the most stress-free move possible. For an even easier move, consider moving into a fully furnished apartment, such as the ones available at 444 Social.  

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