Stress Reducing Tips for Moving

First of all, do not let anyone convince you into thinking that moving house is easy. It requires time, energy and most importantly a plan. Stress is part and parcel of the event, but the process can be made a little easier on you, if you take the time to implement these tips from a moving and storage company in Chapel Hill:

Plan ahead – This might seem obvious, but it is essential that you set up a schedule one or two months in advance. Your schedule should contain anything and everything pertaining to the move. Which moving and storage companies you are planning to use, school transcripts that need to be transferred, service cancellations and transfers for utilities, address change notifications to be submitted to the post office, banks, etc… There are quite a number of administrative tasks walking hand-in-hand with the actual move, and they tend to creep up on you while you are busy packing. Write the tasks down, and then learn to stick to the plan. Your plan should also make packing easier, if you lay it out well. Packing luxury items and non-essentials can come first. Try to pack clothes and kitchen essentials closer to the actual moving day.


Plan meals – The day before you move, most everything should be packed away. This means that only the very barest of kitchen necessities will be at your disposal. Plan your meals for that day around this. On moving day, you do not want to be washing dishes and still packing away cutlery, so rather opt for take-out or store bought food and paper plates etc. Your first day in your new home will be equally chaotic, so again plan your meals accordingly. In total, your meal times will most likely be impacted for about three days. If you plan around this in advance, it should be easier on you and your family. You can even pack a small bag or box with basics such as cups, plates, and snacks to keep aside in your car. This is much easier than suddenly rummaging around trying to find a spoon.


Plan for pets and children – Hectic movement of strange people streaming in and out of your house can cause anxiety for your animals and make it difficult to keep track of small children. Try to confine pets before the hustle begins on moving day, keeping them somewhere where they are not likely to be disturbed, like the bathroom or backyard. Make sure they are calm, and that they have plenty of food and water. It is best to occupy kids with fun activities, and try to confine them as well. Better yet, leave your kids and pets with family for the day, so you will be able to navigate the move and sort out everything before introducing them all into their new home. This keeps the stress low for you and them.

Be prepared to experience a fair level of stress on the days surrounding your move. This is completely normal. But try to make things easier on yourself by putting together a moving plan. Whether it’s your first move, or your fifth, the tips stand true and helpful.

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I'm so glad you included pets in the preparation tips. They are important members of the family. I've moved all over the US with mine and have had quite a few adventures sneaking them into hotels that did not officially permit them.

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

FlourishAnyway - We feel the same about our pets, they are important members of our family! We had family keep all of them for the day when we moved a few years back. Managing four dogs while trying to load and unload moving trucks would have been too much for us and stressful for them.

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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great tips and advice. Moving is a real hassle and I have done it many times. ^+

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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I am moving this month. I am experienced in moving since my husband was military. However, you did have a few tips worth repeating. The best gift a friend gave me when I was moving once, was when she showed up and took my kids for the day. I was trying to pack and they would unload boxes as fast as I was packing them. She also took them on the day we were loading the moving van. She was a god send.

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Jackie!

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Becky! Agreed - it's so helpful when family or friends are able to look after kids and pets. All the best with your upcoming move!

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teaches12345 2 years ago

That little dog is adorable! We have moved several times in our lifetime and each time it is an adventure. Great tips for making it less stressful.

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks teaches12345! Adventure - great word for describing moving :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago

Great tips for minimizing stress when moving through proper planning and organization.

I've made a few moves - and one major one from Boston, MA to the UK - and so I do know what it can be like.

Thanks for sharing! :)

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks stuff4kids! You definitely had a big move moving across the ocean!

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My Bell 2 years ago

Great tips! I have no moving plans at the moment but I'm a military bratt so I grew up moving - 18 times!

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks My Bell! 18 moves = 18 new adventures :) and a lot of packing and unpacking!

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