I have yet to meet anyone who has moved and said they didn’t have at least one meltdown. Moving and stress tend to go hand in hand. I know in the MANY times that I’ve moved I’ve had just a couple stress explosions.
I’ve also learned a couple of simple tricks that make packing and moving just a tad less stressful.
- Tackle one small area at a time. It can be overwhelming to look at your whole house or apartment and think, “How am I going to get all this done? There’s so much stuff here!” Just like it feels oh so good to physically strike a line through an item on a paper to do list, breaking up your packing into smaller areas helps you see progress. Pack one closet at a time, or even one drawer, and you’ll feel less overwhelmed about the big picture.
- Related to that big picture, you probably do have too much stuff. That shirt you swore you had to keep because there will be some occasion for it…. Yeah, you still haven’t worn it, have you? Donate things! This is a two-fold feel good action: you will have less items to pack AND by donating you will be helping others obtain things they might not be able to regularly afford.
- Keep your boxes/packed items in one location! Pick a wall, a corner, a larger closet, or something and put all packed boxes there. No where else. You won’t be tripping over everything, and you can actually use the rest of your home to live in. No more war zone of boxes throughout!
- Related to that moving war zone that tends to happen- clean up after yourself. Once you’ve packed that smaller area, tidy up that space. Pick up the tape wad, pick up the papers, maybe even use some cleaner or a vacuum. Mess sure stresses me out, and this way you can see a completely empty and tidy section cleared from your smaller packing sections!
- Keep the bedroom as normal and clean for as long as possible. No boxes, make your bed, keep it tidy. You will sleep better if you do this. Your bedroom should be your stress free sanctuary during moving.
There you have it, my tips to make the packing part of moving a little less stressful. I’ll be putting up some of my type A personality packing/organization tips as I get deeper into my packing.