There’s no doubt that the stress of moving is a hurdle. But it doesn’t have to be so bad, as Carolyn Andreason explains.
They say that moving is a challenge, and it’s true. It takes a lot of planning, worrying, and it has the knack of forcing you to think about how much you truly need or want an item in your house. And all of this is often while going through a major life event, whether good or bad.
However, while it’s hard, you don’t have to fall into moving stress and let yourself get swooped up by the burden of reorganizing your entire home.
What you need is to go through all the right steps, make sure you have all the essentials, and change your outlook on the whole experience. It doesn’t have to be a hassle that could ruin the potential excitement of moving somewhere new.
A 2015 study in the UK of 2,000 adults who had moved in the three years prior to the survey reveals that moving is not just one of life’s most stressful moments, but it actually tops the list. Surprisingly, 62% of people claimed that fact, followed by a tie with 43% between getting through a divorce/breakup and starting a new job.
That emphasizes how many people look at moving as a source of constant stress and worry. However, it’s not a burden, but an experience. With a few golden tips to reduce the stress of moving, you could take some of the pressure off.
1. Look at It as A Decluttering Opportunity
The mentality you go in with is vital. If you look at moving as nothing but a necessary hassle, it will likely become one.
However, think of it as an opportunity to remove all the clutter in your home and keep only the essentials. It’s a terrific way to tidy up your future house or apartment by sorting through the old one.
There are plenty of things you can get rid of months before, such as kitchen equipment, clothes, tools, or even broken items on sites such as eBay or Craigslist. There is no point in keeping all that stuff. New home, new experience, new life.
Clutter simply creates stress. Have a garage sale for your old things, give them to your friends, or sell them online. It will enable you to look at it as an opportunity to sort out useless items and earn some extra cash while you’re at it.
Moving doesn’t have to be a source of stress. It can be an opportunity to donate to Goodwill and a gentle nudge of motivation to do what you’ve been putting off for a while.
Just make three simple categories: Sell, Donate, Toss. It will ease your stress away.