Dealing with Moving Stress

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There are a few basic facts in life that we can all agree with. You’re always going to have to pay taxes, there are going to be rough days, and moving is stressful. While there’s only so much you can do to deal with that situation, it’s important to take what steps you can to handle the stress not only to make the move go more smoothly, but for your mental and emotional health, as well.

The first step is simply to accept that a move is going to be stressful. Embracing this up front will go a long way towards helping you to cope with all the potential issues that are going to emerge and put you in a better mindset do deal with the inevitable issues that come up. Once you embrace that base fact, you will be able to tackle these various tips to smooth out the moving process as much as possible.

One of the first things to do is to plan ahead of time as much as possible. The more time you have to pack and prepare, the less stressful things will be. This allows you to pack up boxes, crates, and have plenty of time to label them and get them moved over to storage or to your new house/apartment.

Second, never underestimate the power of labels, masking tape, and markers. Whether you’re organizing to move your possessions out, or unpacking after moving in, having everything clearly labeled allows you to move all your boxes or crates to the right rooms and unpack from there. Labeling everything helps ease the stress as you can organize better from the get-go.

Third, make sure to get as much help as you can. It’s amazing what one or two extra pair of hands can do to help you through a move. You will want to make sure to take care of some planning so you have things to pack or move whenever you do have all hands on deck to help you out.

Finally, make sure you take the occasional break to recharge. A move can take a lot of energy and really drain you. You’ll be able to pack and move a lot more effectively if you occasionally give yourself some time away to recharge and just enjoy yourself. As part of a larger strategy this is a great way to make sure that you’re getting the most out of all your efforts and keeping yourself from being drained.

Shane

Shane

Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.
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Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.