How to Deal with the Stress of Residential Moving

Moving can create a wide range of emotional responses, from joy and excitement to worry and anxiousness. Since our emotions can be in flux from one moment to another, this can often lead to added stress on top of the stress of moving. There are many different ways to reduce and eliminate the unwanted stress so you can turn your residential moving experience into something fun and enjoyable.

Couple Screaming Behind The Cardboard Boxes

Tip #1: Start planning sooner rather than later.

Don’t put off planning your move to the very last minute. Depending on the size of your household, it can take several months to pack and get ready. As soon as the decision is made to move, start making plans, which should include requesting quotes from professional moving companies.

Tip #2: Hire a professional mover.

One of the biggest stressors of moving is attempting to do a DIY-move. Not only do you have to do all the packing and unpacking of your belongings, but also all of the heavy lifting to load and unload the moving truck.  Hiring a professional to move your belongings not only gives you a much-needed break, but it also makes the move less stressful.

Tip #3: Don’t refuse offers for help.

Your friends may offer to help you pack or watch your kids so you can get some packing done. Take advantage of these offers because it means you can get packing accomplished sooner.

Tip #4: Don’t make moving your primary focus.

You still have to work, take care of the kids, pay bills, run errands, and do other things while preparing for a move. Remember to schedule some “me time” to unwind and relax, like an afternoon at the spa, a day at a baseball game, or whatever it is you like to do to relieve stress.

Young couple moving in new home in Chicago

Tip #5: Maintain a “safety zone” in the home.

With all the moving boxes starting to pile up, you need a “safety zone” to retreat to for a breather. Pick one area of the home that you will not pack up to the very end, like your living room or bedroom. Keeping this one area “normal” helps alleviate some stress and gives you somewhere to relax without the sights of boxes and other moving materials.

Tip #6: Be prepared for the unexpected.

Even with careful planning and preparation, there can still be something that could go wrong. For instance, you get a call a week before the move from your realtor, letting you know the closing date had to be moved. To avoid the stress of the unexpected, have backup plans in place, like talking to your mover about contingency options, such as temporary storage or professional packing and unpacking services.

We hope that by using these tips your move will be less stressful and more exciting. To request a moving quote, including different moving and storage options, please feel free to contact Midway Moving & Storage, the proud movers of the Chicago Cubs, at (800) 300-0002 today!