Tips to Reduce Stress Before the Big Move

Relocation_TipsOne of the first and earliest challenges for plenty of new couples is Moving Day. As much as we love the idea of following our hearts to wherever they take us, no one enjoys the stress of the actual move.

Here’s some relocation help and advice we’ve picked up over the years that can help you make your next move a calm and smooth experience.

Take It Slowly

Most of the time, when you’re relocating, you know weeks or months in advance. That gives you plenty of time to start planning and packing non-essential items early on.

A few tips:

  • Most of your media collection can likely be boxed up early on.
  • Fragile hanging decorations like paintings should come down early, to ensure proper packing.
  • Clear out the kitchen of everything but the cooking basics.
  • Try simply cleaning out a room in a day. Strip it of everything but what you need to survive, and then its mostly done. It’ll be a snap to finish on moving day.

Get Rid Of What You Can

The less you take with you, the better. Consider the possibility of selling or giving away your current furniture, and buying new pieces at the other end. If you don’t have too many expensive pieces, you may end up paying more in shipping than it would cost to replace, plus the time and effort of moving.

Also, now’s the perfect time to clear out your closet and send what you can to thrift stores. And why not get creative with your cooking? Anything you don’t eat is going to go to waste, so make yourself some nice meals as a reward for hard work!

Save Money And Effort By Shipping Your Media Separately

Here’s one a lot of people won’t think to mention when they’re giving you relocation help and advice: The US Postal Service has a little-known service called “Media Mail” which will ship large boxes of books, CDs, video games, magazines, and any other printed or electronic media for 4th Class rates. If you have a large collection, this is by far the cheapest way to ship them.

The down side is, it takes about a month for them to arrive at their destination, and they’ll trickle in over the course of a week or two. However, that’s more stuff you don’t have to deal with on moving day, and it’s also easier to deal with just a few boxes at a time.

If All Else Fails, Get Help!

Services exist that can get you all the relocation help you need to get your move done on time, and without pulling your hair out! From helping you do the initial legwork on choosing a location, to organizing the move, to even setting up temporary housing at the other end – a good relocation service can virtually eliminate the stresses associated with moving.

No matter where you’re going, follow your heart and we’ll pave the way.

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