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Moving is stressful, yet it’s one of life’s unavoidable events.  Our family has moved so many times over the years, and as the big day approaches so does the stress and anxiety!  Here we are again preparing for another moving day, although this big day is a little bit different.  

It’s our daughters who are moving this time, several states away for college, only adding more to my stress and anxiety.  With each major family move I’ve been able to pick up tips here and there that can be a major help toward surviving a move!  So I thought I’d share my 8 helpful tips below.

ELIMINATE ALL CLUTTER

I’ve moved a lot in my years and one of my biggest regrets is moving things that I don’t need or want.  I recommend going through your items and creating groups that no longer serve you.  Consider donating items, having a yard sale, or listing things at online sale sites.  Not only will this help cut down on the amount of expense and work, you might make some extra cash and you’ll be helping others in the process.

MAKE LISTS

When it comes to moving there is a lot that needs to get done!  Never underestimate the power of lists!  When I’m stressed my mind can easily become overwhelmed and race with everything I need to do.  Having a visual to-do list will calm your mind and let you efficiently get things done, plus it’s so satisfying each time to cross off a finished task!  Consider creating several task-oriented lists if your workload is large and you’re feeling overwhelmed.

PACK UP ALL NON ESSENTIALS FIRST

Naturally it’s easy for our eyes to become overwhelmed with the amount of items that need to be packed up and moved.  One helpful way to overcome this is to slowly pack up non-essentials.  If you haven’t used it in the last month then chances are it’s a not an essential item.  This is a great way to get a jump on boxing stuff up early on while still creating a calm atmosphere. 

CLEAN & MOVE YOUR HOME IN PHASES

Packing and cleaning our home in phases has been extremely helpful in our many moves.  I like to start with low areas in our home such as a spare bedroom, office, or dining room and then seal them off.  I do this by organizing, decluttering, boxing items up, and then cleaning.  Once a room is complete I lock the door or seal it off with tape and then I focus on my next space. 

FOCUS ON THE EXCITEMENT

Moving is exhausting, plain and simple.  Instead of focusing on any negative emotions focus on your future!  You may be excited about your new home, a job, or a great new city to explore.  By focusing on your positive future you’ll be happier, more energetic, and ready to get the work done! 

PRACTICE GOOD SELF CARE THE WEEK BEFORE MOVING

I can’t stress enough the importance of good self care before moving, you need to be kind to yourself leading up to your big move.  Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and eat nutritious food.  Exercise or take a yoga class or an extra long bath.  This will help you to stay feeling your best and ready for the big day.   

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Taking care of your body and keeping it healthy is crucial during any move.  Make sure you’re wearing proper attire and good shoes to support your feet.  Use proper lifting techniques and take breaks to rest as needed.  Taking breaks to rest can be hard when you don’t have much furniture left in your home.  It’s a great idea to have a few folding chairs around when you need to relax.

CALL IN PROFESSIONALS WHEN YOU’RE BURNT OUT

It’s only natural to become overwhelmed during a move and moving professionals can take over the heavy part for you.  If you live in the Northern Colorado area, Taylor Moving and Storage, LLC, is a full service moving and storage company that has been serving the Boulder community since 1997.  Their simple all-inclusive hourly rates can provide peace of mind with no hidden fees.  Not only can they provide the moving services you need, they also provide shipping containers and self storage.  This honest and reliable moving company is readily available to help you with all your needs.  I’d say that this professional Boulder, Colorado, moving company takes the stress out of moving!

Moving is stressful, plain and simple, but with these tips it’s quite manageable!  You’re exciting new location awaits!  If you have any helpful moving tips to share please comment below!  Happy moving day friends, you’ve got this!