Moving is one of the more stressful life events we all go through. Even if you are excited and can’t wait to be in your new place, the actual work of getting there can make you tear your hair out. Luckily, Apartment Therapy is looking out for you and wants to put the fun back in moving. (Okay, maybe not fun. Let’s try sanity.)
Write it down! Write down a list of everything that has to be done until you have to move. That way, it won’t be floating around your head at night and keeping you awake so in the morning you can take that list and move part of it into your to-do list each day.
There is nothing that says you have to wait until the last minute to start packing. Go ahead and pack the stuff you won’t need until you get to your new place. Do a little each night and cut down on the helplessness that comes from being overwhelmed by having to do it all at once.
When it’s time to change your phone number and address with your credit cards, utilities, doctors, etc, do it all at once. Just sit down at the phone and schedule an hour to call everyone. That way you get a painful activity over quickly and you’ll be done before you know it.
Set-up boxes designated as “donate”, “trash” and “sell” as you pack. That way you can throw unwanted items in the box as you go. Getting rid of all that extra stuff now will make your move a lot lighter, especially if you are paying movers by the weight of your belongings!
Make sure you choose a color for each of your rooms and put the corresponding color on the boxes that go on in that room. Also, take a little bit of time to write exactly what is in each box so you can find what you need quickly once you get to the new space.
Finally, try to keep your wits about you and stay relaxed. It is so easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work involved in a move, but if you keep telling yourself you have done this before and can do it again, you’ll be settling into your fantastic new apartment enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne before you know it!