Excitement and stress often go hand-in-hand when it comes to moving. Whether you’re moving into a senior living community or downsizing into a smaller space, the process of moving can easily become overwhelming. It often feels like there’s so much to do in so little time.
Thankfully, there are simple ways to help you avoid a stressful move. Take the burden out of moving and look forward to the next chapter with these five tips:
1. Avoid Procrastination by Planning Ahead
It’s easy to brush off moving tasks from day to day. Then, you’re suddenly left with a mile long list of to-do’s with only a week before the big day. Opt out of this familiar pattern by providing yourself with at least two months to prepare. While this may seem like more time than you’ll need, you’d be surprised by how fast those two months will go by!
2. Complete One Moving Task a Day
A good rule of thumb is to do at least one task every day. Make a list at the start of your move and choose one task from the list to complete each day. From ordering packing supplies to researching moving services, and filling out any necessary moving paperwork, there’s plenty of tasks to keep you busy.
3. Sort Your Household Items
Much like cleaning out your closet, organize your household items by keep, donate, or trash. Sorting your household items into these three groups will help speed up the packing process. For items making the move with you, be sure to clearly label each box and try and group the items together based on room. As well, it’s recommended that kitchen and bathroom items are easily accessible as those are often the first boxes unpacked in a new space.
For those items that didn’t make the cut, host a garage sale or take them to a donation center. Some local donation centers will also come pick up large donations, such as furniture, for you!
This will get any unnecessary clutter out of the way; which, can help diminish the feelings of being overwhelmed.
4. Don’t Forget To….
During the hustle and bustle of moving, it’s common to forget certain tasks such as forwarding your mail. So, don’t forget to add these items to your moving list:
- Fill out USPS change of address
- Schedule utility disconnection
- Notify all entities of change of address (bank, insurance, physicians, etc.)
- Update newspaper or magazine subscription
- Provide loved ones with your new address
5. Ask for Help and Prioritize Rest
The physical labor of moving often contributes to the overall stress. As a senior, it’s important to understand your limitations and not overextend yourself. Lifting boxes or moving heavy items are tasks best left to the professionals. Removing this physical stress from the moving process can help you have a smoother transition.
As well, remember to lean on your community during the move. Asking friends and family for help will not only speed up the process, but also allow you time to rest. Moving is a huge endeavor and putting your health on the back burner will only add to the stress. Taking time to rest is in your best interest.