Moving is up there as one of the worst life tasks. Like going to the dentist or dieting, moving can fill you with a sense of doom and dread. If moving is too stressful for you to think about, it could be because you’re doing it wrong. Believe it or not, there’s are ways to make moving much simpler to keep it stress-free. Avoid these three common moving mistakes and make your next move a breeze.
Avoiding Common Moving Mistakes
Common Moving Mistake 1: Not Clearing Out First
You’ll be surprised at how many people simply pack up everything and leave, only to have to deal with all the mess on the other side. When you move into a new home, you’re giving yourself a fresh new start. You should aim to get rid of the things you no longer need. This way there’s less to pack, and there’s less to unpack when you get to your new place. having less to pack and unpack is a huge stress reliever.
Enjoy decluttering to help make sure that the stuff that you’re taking with you is what you really want. That way, you can keep your new home stylish and organized from the minute you move in. Remember to recycle unwanted goods. Many charities will gladly take unwanted furniture and household items to prevent waste. Besides, you can sell those unwanted things and make money too.
Common Moving Mistake 2: Not Having A Plan
Moving is simply a case of packing boxes and moving things from one place to another, right? Wrong. There’s a lot more to moving than it might seem. If you’ve built up a lot of stuff over the years, you’re going to need a good plan of how you’re going to get it all to your new home. You should also make sure you label each box with the room it should go to. This will make it easier when you are ready to sort your things in your new home.
Make a countdown checklist for moving. This will remind you of all the tasks that need doing and help you get them done in a timely manner, instead of leaving it all to the last minute. Having a list you can refer to means nothing will be forgotten. You’ll feel much more in control as a result. Knowing what is done and what still needs to be done can make the move much easier. Remember, like homesteading, planning is very important!
Common Moving Mistake 3: Doing it all yourself
Thinking you can do everything yourself is one of the biggest mistakes you can make while moving. You could do it. But it will take you much longer than if you were to get some help from others. Get friends and family involved to help you pack up, or look for the cheapest mover company to sort it all on your behalf. With other people pitching in, you can focus on things like paperwork and getting your new home in order while your old home gets packed up around you.
With help from others, you will not feel so overwhelmed and stressed. The burden will be shared. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Help may be needed for packing, cleaning, the move itself, or unpacking. Maybe you need some help cleaning your new home before you move in. Either way, help is essential, so ask for it.
Moving is usually the sign of good things to come, so don’t put a dampener on it by making your move a stressful one. Being prepared from the outset will help you to feel relaxed about moving. It will make the process stress-free. While it’s not something you’ll want to repeat in a hurry, at least you won’t be completely put off with the idea the next time the thought of moving crosses your mind. By following these tips, maybe you won’t make some common moving mistakes.