Chicago Movers Share Tips for Dealing with Moving Anxiety
Anxiety is a common side-effect of residential moving and preparing for an upcoming move. There will be changes occurring that are beyond your control, whether you are moving across town or long distance. The key to addressing your anxiety is to start planning the move as soon as possible and to not put everything off to the last minute.
- While preparing for your move, keep routines as normal as possible. This will help you get a break from packing. In addition, ensure you are eating at regular times and getting plenty of sleep each night.
- Make a “To-Do” checklist. When you have a checklist of chores that need to be completed, it helps keep you on track. Items to help you get started on your checklist include:
- Obtain packing materials and supplies.
- Request professional moving quotes from moving companies.
- Schedule the move with a qualified moving company.
- Notify utility companies of shut off/turn on dates.
- Submit a change of address form at the post office.
- Update bank accounts, insurance policies, driver’s licenses, and other important financial accounts and documents with your new address.
Once you have your “To-Do” checklist completed, start working on chores one at a time and mark them off once completed. Some chores, like packing up your home, will be ongoing right until the movers show up with the moving truck on moving day.
- Prepare your home for packing. Moving is a great time to go through and get rid of unwanted belongings. Make three stacks for items as you are packing up a room:
- Work on packing one room at a time. Start in one room and pack as much as you can before moving on to another room. This will help keep you focused.
- Label all of your boxes and make an inventory list as you pack. Write a summary of the contents on the outside of each box, assign a box number, and write these on your inventory list.
- Delegate tasks to other family members and friends. You do not have to do everything yourself. You can assign specific tasks to others to help you get prepared for your move.
- Take advantage of professional packing/unpacking services. If you truly dread packing and unpacking, talk to your mover about their professional packing and unpacking services. This way, you get out of doing the actual work but get to supervise the process.
- Get settled into your new home as quickly as possible. The sooner you get unpacked the better, as it allows you start enjoying your new home and alleviates any remaining anxiety and stress.
Even though moving can bring stress and anxiety, it does not have to become overwhelming when using the above tips. To inquire about professional packing and unpacking services as part of your full-service move and a free moving quote, contact Midway Moving & Storage at 866-693-4148 today!