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 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.