Moving day is stressful, whether you’re relocating across town or across the country. Preserving your sanity and busting your stress to make moving day a breeze is a matter of staying organized, focused, and calm, and these tips will help you do just that.
The Day Before the Movers Arrive
Go to the store and stock up on everything you’ll need for moving day so that you won’t have to stop what you’re doing to make quick store runs. Buy some bottled water and snacks for your helpers and the movers, and make sure you have all the last-minute cleaning and packing supplies you need.
Make a detailed list, and check it twice. Having a list builds a foundation for the process, and makes dealing with any unforeseen issues pass much smoother.
The night before the movers come, go through the house and pack up any last-minute items, toss any leftover trash, and make a point to organize your packing supplies, cleaning supplies, and other important items that you’ll need on moving day.
Charge your cell phone and other devices fully so that they’re ready for the day.
You’ll need to be alert and energetic tomorrow, so eat a healthy dinner, program the coffee maker so there’s a fresh pot of coffee waiting for you when you get up, and head to bed early for a good night’s sleep.
Real estate professionals at Coldwell Banker Gosslee recommend taking advantage of the relocation services your realtor offers, which may include various recommendations, tips, and checklists, to help make moving day run more smoothly.
Wake up at least an hour before the movers arrive. Spend ten minutes sitting quietly with a cup of coffee or tea to gather your thoughts and start making lists. If you can get up even earlier and get in a 30-minute brisk walk or yoga workout, your stress levels will be much lower all day, and your energy levels will be higher.
When you’re ready to get cracking, first pack up the bedding and toiletries that are left, and put the boxes in a separate place from the ones that are going on the moving truck.
According to a national moving company, one of the worst feelings is realizing that something very important has been accidentally packed in a box that’s already stored at the back of the truck. To prevent this nightmare, it’s essential to set aside a designated space like a kitchen counter for important paperwork, old and new keys, your purse or wallet, device chargers, and other essential items that you don’t want to misplace or forget.
When the movers arrive, spend some time talking about details, and then take them through your house, pointing out fragile pieces and items that need special care or moving equipment. Show the movers where the bathroom is located, point out where they can find water and snacks, and let them know where they can find you if they have any questions.
While the movers work, finish up the last minute cleaning and packing chores, and begin loading the boxes and other items you’ll be taking with you into your vehicle.
When the movers are finished, walk through the house to make sure they haven’t left anything. Carefully read the paperwork you’re provided with, and be sure to ask questions if you’re not sure about something. Keep a copy of the paperwork with your important items so that you don’t have to search for it when you get to the new place.
When you arrive at the new house, set up and make the beds first thing. You still have a lot of work to do, and at the end of the day, you’ll want to be able to fall into bed without having to dig out sheets and find the pillows.
Most of all, try to stay calm. If the stress feels out of control, take deep, slow breaths to lower stress hormones and quiet your mind.