10 Ways To Make Sure You Don’t Go Insane When You’re Moving

Going through the escrow process can be stressful when you’re buying a home. Once you do, you get the privilege of living in the home you’ve worked so hard for. But first, you have to move.


Not only is moving a pain, it’s also, not coincidentally, a huge stressor that can cause anxiety, depression, and even divorce!

“Almost two in three (61 percent) placed the ordeal at the top of their stress list in a poll of 2,000 adults who have moved homes in the past three years,” said Express. They found that misplaced possessions and waiting too long to pack were among the “most stressful moving day moments.”

So how do you move without losing your mind? These 10 tips will help.

1. Breathe

When thing start to go wrong—you don’t have room in your last remaining box for the rest of the guest room knickknacks, your mover just dropped the box with your champagne glasses in it, or your labeling pen just ran out—there’s one thing that can help: just breathe. And count to 10 while you’re at it. It won’t fix the situation, but it will help you to keep your cool and stay focused on the task at hand.

2. Relax

Powering through the packing, moving, and unpacking may sound like a great idea, but it might not be a pleasant experience if it means you’re skipping the activities that help keep you happy. Whether making time for morning yoga, lighting candles and playing calm music, or taking a bubble bath with a good book is your method for relaxing, let yourself have it. It might feel counterintuitive if you have a ton of work to do, but you may actually be more productive once you’ve taken the edge off.

SWF Traveler3. Drink

Specifically, water to keep yourself hydrated. Packing may not seem like hard physical work, but all that lifting, stretching, twisting, and kneeling is actually quite a workout.

4. Get some sleep

When we’re overtired, we’re more likely to be grouchy, which can make what is already an unpleasant experience even more so.

5. Label everything (we mean everything)

What seems like a hassle at the time will pay off later when you are able to easily locate the one remote control you need to make all of your electronics work because you listed all the contents on each box. Whether you label them per room (bedrooms are a given) or by type (bed linens in one, towels in another, all boxable electronics together) or a hybrid of both, you’ll be happy you made the effort.

ADOBO6. Make a plan

You may not be the type of person to plan every minute of your day on a regular basis, but, when you’re moving, it helps to stick to a schedule. Anxiety and stress will start to wrestle with each other when moving day has arrived and you’re nowhere near done with your packing.

Work backwards from your moving day, boxing up items that are not used and identifying throwaways and donations first. Check out New Home Source for some more ideas.

7. Ask for help

Friends and family can take the pain out of packing and moving. Make it a party with pizza and beverages, and they may just come back to help the next time you move, too.

8. Turn on your utilities before you move into your new home

Post-move, you’ll be exhausted. You know what will make it better? Being able to turn on the gas stove and boil some water for tea then kick up your feet and watch Jimmy Fallon. If that’s not possible because you don’t have access to the home before moving day, at least make sure you have a mobile hotspot or some other way to access Internet on a laptop so you can watch Hulu or Netflix. The memory of the whole family gathered around a 13″ screen on your first night in your new house will be with you forever.

9. Move the most important stuff yourself

There are bound to be a few things that are too important to trust to a truck. Set aside your important papers, jewelry, and your Great-Grandmother’s china to move on your own.

OZ Moving10. Do your research on movers

You don’t want to end up on Dateline because the shady mover you hired took your stuff hostage. The key to finding a good mover is research, research, research. Ask for referrals and then check them out thoroughly to look for complaints. Protect Your Move will tell you if they are licensed or have ever had a formal complaint, and Moving Scam is a great place to look because they have a message board loaded with detailed info as well as a black list of moving companies to stay away from.

About thenoelteam

As a Broker with RE/MAX Alliance, I work energetically for my clients whether they are a buyer or seller. I help you achieve your goal of owning a home or getting the best price for your home in the shortest time possible. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in communications and finance, I was licensed in 1977 and since then I have sold over 3600 properties amounting to over $1 billion in sales. I currently rank in the top 10 in home sales for Colorado. I offer the same quality of service and superior communication to all clients, ranging from starter homes to multi-million dollar estates, commercial and income properties, relocations and foreclosures My goal is to provide you with the best representation possible whether you are buying or selling. Over the years, one of the things that I've discovered is that there is a difference in the way individual Realtors do business. For me, I have always felt that honesty and personal integrity are the foundations upon which a successful business and career are built and sustained. I have an extensive background and knowledge base in real estate, including financing, which has enabled me to provide outstanding, quality advice and service not found with many agents today. My commitment to communication creates a positive relationship between my client and myself that results in a successful property sale or purchase. My passion for real estate, commitment to my clients and personal integrity has helped me to achieve success placing me in the top 1% of all brokers in nationwide. In my career, I have earned a number of awards and received considerable recognition for my success but the most significant recognition comes from the fact that over 75% of my business comes from past clients. My success is a true measure of my client satisfaction.
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