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7 Ways on How to Prevent Stress During a Move

Whether it’s a new home on the next block or a new job offer from another city, moving in is always a big step because even if packing belongings and boxes seem exciting, it’s also frustrating and stressful.

The idea of moving out already creates stress as well. What about the other things to do and consider during the move? Worry no more as this article lists down 7 ways on how to prevent stress during a move.

A19 31.    Purge. Filled closets are stressful. A sign of relief for this situation can only be achieved by minimizing the stuff that fills the closets. Clear up closet space by organizing the things no longer needed into 3 categories: for donation, for selling, and for throwing away. Pick out valuable items and sell them online via Craigslist, eBay or Facebook. Bored with what to do at home? Then try some garage-selling.

Want to help other people? Then, do good deeds by donating old clothes and stuff to non-profit organizations and other charitable institutions. However, if there are things that are not worth it at all, it’s time to throw them away. But wait, throwing them away doesn’t necessarily mean just disposing of them. It can also mean bringing them to salvage yards in exchange for money.

2.    Clear schedules on the calendar. Blocking off a particular date for packing belongings and other stuff is the best way to be free from stress. If packing requires a day or two to be finished, then schedule it. If kids are inside the house and focus is needed to complete everything, find, someone to watch over them – a friend or a relative will do. If there’s enough money to hire a babysitter, go ahead and try it out.

Through making schedules, packing becomes easier and things might get finished earlier than expected. Ask neighbors and friends to help out in completing the task. In return, offer to make some food or drinks for them.

3.    Accumulate newspapers and stack of boxes. Weeks before the actual date of move in, it’s essential to gather boxes and newspapers that can be used for packing. The news is now accessible online, but it’s found in printed forms as well. Collect used community newspapers within the neighborhood and get free copies at grocery stores. When it comes to boxes, ask friends including retail outlets if they have spare ones to be given away.

4.    Plan ahead. Do not start packing things if strategic planning hasn’t even started. Packing without planning often results to stress that’s why it’s important to have a key method of packing up things from one to the other. When packing things, make sure that each person is limited to one suitcase only. This is for easier storage of items that need immediate access such as underwear, toothbrush, wallets, etc. Then, the rest of the things shall be placed inside the boxes.

Don’t forget to label each box clearly. The purpose of this is to unload all boxes easily in certain areas of the new home.

5.    Protect valuables. Nothing is more stressful than losing valuable things during a move. From passports to wedding rings and relevant documents, it’s important to secure them in one dedicated storage.

Moving in is, indeed, stressful. With a lot of things to pack, people get stressed especially when the actual date of moving in is already close. Follow the ways on how to prevent stress during a move and say goodbye to distress.

Moving with Pets

Moving to a new place can be taxing for anyone; more so if you are moving with pets. In America, more than 60% consider their pets to be members of their family, hence when they move to a new home, they do everything to guarantee the comfort and safety of all their non-human family members during the mayhem of moving.

To ensure the well-being and protection of your pets when relocating, always make sure that you hang on to your pet’s documentation and keep it safe with you. Moving with pets can be an upheaval. You don’t want to lose them in the commotion hence ensure that your pets are wearing collars or tags for proper identification or better still, micro-chipped them. It is also good advice to consult your vet before moving with pets to ensure that your darlings are in good health for traveling.

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It would also be to your advantage if you keep your pet’s certificate of good health with you while traveling (especially if you are moving to another state) since most states will require one. In the mayhem of moving out and packing of things, your pet might stray into one of the boxes by mistake or might get hurt if you will leave them unsecured. Hence, you should ensure that they are secured while everyone is busy packing things, lest they might accidentally be packed into one of the boxes.

To avoid undue stress when moving with pets, it is well-recommended to plan your relocation well beforehand and prepare your pets for the move. The usual pets that most American families have are cats and dogs, unless of course if you are someone who prefers to raise bunnies, birds, monkeys or fishes as one of your non-human family members. Anyway, depending on the kind of pet you have, you need to prep them up for the move.

You should know that dogs are more tolerant of change in environment hence relocating your dogs won’t yield much of a problem. However, felines are more sensitive to their environment. This must be partly because we tend to interact with our dogs more, walk them in the parks and take them to other places. We don’t usually do this with our felines. Cats are actually more fixated on their environment. They don’t acclimatize to change as eagerly as canines and may display stress-induced changes in behavior.

To help your pets prepare for the move, you should help them adapt gradually to the relocation by acclimatizing them to it. Hence, if your cat is not used to being put in a carrier, gradually train her to go inside it, instead of scuttling under the table to doze. You can probably induce her to go inside the carrier by putting a favorite toy, blanket or something else that would definitely lure them inside. If you will just put her inside the carrier on the day of moving, you will definitely be confronted with defiant meows and antics. Better train and prepare them before the big day to avert any untoward scene with your feline.

While canines are easier to bring along on a short car trip, they might be a little vexed with very long rides. Hence, you might want to acclimatize him gradually over the weeks leaving to your relocation. Canines should be restrained or put in a carrier during the move especially if you are traveling with him in a vehicle. Unrestrained, dogs unexpected movements can compromise your safety while driving. There is also a great likelihood that your dog might escape from the vehicle and that would be a problem. Moving with pets need not be stressful if you make sure that everything and everyone is ready for it.