3 Ways to Lower Stress During a Big Move


Whether it is for a new job in the city, a relationship, or to a newly purchased house, preparing for a big move can be an extremely stressful process for anyone. The good news, though, is that it does not have to be that way. As with any stressful experience, being adequately prepared will make the process a whole lot easier.

Here are three ways to lower your stress level during a big move.

Plan First

One simple task that can significantly reduce your stress level during a move is to take the time out to make a plan. Take into consideration the amount of time you have left before moving into the new apartment or house. Will it be a few days, a few weeks, or a couple of months? Knowing this will help to create deadlines for yourself.

For example, break down the tasks and make deadlines for packing, starting with items that are not needed for immediate use prior to moving such as excess clothing, appliances, or kitchenware. Save the larger items such as furniture for last. Additionally, plan on the number of boxes you will need, if a professional mover is needed, and the costs associated with them. Once you make a plan, prepare to clean and organize.

Declutter and Organize

During cleaning and packing, it is inevitable that you will be faced with the potential of massive clutter. According to Psychology Today, excess clutter can be a significant source of stress and anxiety. Preparing for a big move is the perfect chance to declutter and toss out, donate, or sell unnecessary items in your possessions. A good rule of thumb is to get rid of excess items that you have not used within the past six months to a year. Although it is understandable to keep sentimental items of value such as picture books, holding onto that bright neon green shirt that you have not worn for the past five years will only add bulk to your moving boxes.

Elicit Help

Moving is stressful but you do not need to do it alone. The American Moving and Storage Association also suggests an option for requesting a professional mover on your big day in addition to providing plenty of resources and useful tips on their website. Furthermore, do not shy away from eliciting help from your family, friends, or close acquaintances. More often than not, they will gladly assist for free which is always a plus!

Ultimately, it is clear that moving can be a daunting task. However, with appropriate planning, organizing, and the right help, you will see that it won’t be so bad after all.