A brown, cardboard box alone shouldn’t cause anxiety. But when it’s associated with moving, that’s an entirely different story.
Whether you are moving to the other side of town or opposite side of the world, the process of uprooting your life or business can be a stressful one if you’re unprepared.
Fortunately, there are various things you can do ahead of time and during the move to keep that anxiety at bay:
Take Time to Make a Timeline
Depending on your situation, you may have months to plan a move or you could be expected to start work on the other side of the country next week. It’s vital that you take that time, however limited, to schedule out your moving timeline.
If you are moving with your family or a spouse, making a timeline may help you realize that it’s more cost effective to stagger who moves when.
The same applies for businesses.
It may be advantageous to relocate certain members of your team sooner while other can wait.
Additionally, you should be mindful of the fact that you may arrive at your destination long before your car, bed, or any other important items you’ve chosen to ship.
Being prepared with things like a quality air mattress or rental car setup can help alleviate these timeline stresses.
Give in to the Purge
As the article, “How to Minimize the Stress of Relocation” suggests, moving is a great opportunity to sort through your current belongings and sell what you no longer need.
This not only saves you money on shipping costs, but if you choose to have a garage sale or post your items online, that’s extra money in your pocket.
If you happen to be relocating your business or office, this is the perfect time to purge your space of outdated office technology that’s taking up valuable real estate.
If the thought of organizing or purging your items brings you more stress, there’s always the option of renting a storage unit.
So long as you’re comfortable footing the monthly bill, you can keep your items there and decide whether to ship or donate down the road.
Be Patient with Permanent Housing
Accept the things you cannot change.
If you’re moving far away, you can’t teleport to your future destination and view apartments or offices in real life.
While the internet and smartphones have come a long way, nothing beats an in-person inspection during the housing hunt.
To prevent buyer’s remorse and jumping into a lease you’ll regret, consider booking temporary housing in the meantime. This will help you reduce stress and give you ample time to find a place you’ll love.
Don’t Forget to Celebrate
A big move usually means big opportunity.
Reduce the stress of that relocation by being consciously grateful and taking time to celebrate new possibilities.
Throw a going-away party at a local bar or restaurant if your own home is in packing shambles. This will not only boost your morale, but it’s a great chance to get last-minute moving help from friends or co-workers.
By scheduling out a timeline, selling your unwanted belongings, and making patient decisions with housing, moving doesn’t have to be a major stress.
The right combination of planning and a positive attitude can make the process easier for any individual or business.
About the Author: Kristin Livingstone writes on a variety of topics including small business, travel, and moving.