Couple moving house, loading or unloading couch in moving van

As exciting as it is to close on your new home, the anticipation of packing everything up and moving does not seem as exciting. As a matter of fact, mental health experts rank it right up there alongside divorce, death of a loved one, job loss and major illness as one of the most stress-inducing life changes people encounter. So it is no surprise here that if you can develop a plan before  you begin it will eliminate a lot of the stress that comes along with it. If you are trying to make your next move as stress-free as possible listen up, we have five ways to help make the move to your new home painless, and easy!

#1 Make it a Kid-Free, Pet-Free Day

As much as you love your children and your adorable new puppy, you will love them even more if they are not right underneath of you on moving day. Small children, and small pets tend to get anxious when there is a lot of chaos (i.e. moving) and it is best if they are not there during the moving process. Find a friend or family member who can watch your little ones so that you can focus on the move. If you cannot find anywhere to take your pets temporarily, simply put them in a quiet room where they will not be in the way. You do not want them to get outside and run away because they are scared.

#2 Save Space For The Truck

Nothing is more frustrating than living on a busy street and not having room to get the moving truck in or around your home. If you live in an area where there is street parking, consider getting a temporary permit to block off a portion of the street. If that is not possible, talk to your neighbors days before the move and see if they could move their cars temporarily to help you out.

#3 Create a Box Full of Crucial Items

Save a box for the very end that holds towels, bedding, toiletries, a change of clothes for each family member, medications, pet bowls and food, and your kids favorite toys. If you are one that needs that cup of coffee before anything else, pack the coffee pot and mug in that box too! You want this box to be the very last thing you pack up and the very first thing you unpack because nothing is more stressful than trying to find the necessities that you need and having to sort through tons of boxes.

#4 Be Available for Your Movers

As convenient as it is to simply hire a moving company to handle the actually moving of the furniture and boxes, it is important that you still remain at the home during the move. If a question arises and they are looking for an answer it will be much easier if you or your spouse is there to answer it. It will only delay the process if they have to call you on the phone or if you actually have to come back to the house for something.

#5 Clean, Clean, Clean!

It is courteous to clean after everything is moved out of the house/apartment. It is also likely that you will want to do a deep cleaning when moving into your new house, especially if it has been previously owned. A few days before the move, head over to the new house and do a deep clean yourself or simply hire a professional to come in and do it for you. It will be nice being able to move your boxes into your new home with clean floors, walls, and other areas of the home.

We know moving is never completely stress-free but if you can eliminate as much of that stress as possible it will make for an easier move!