The official start of the moving season is well underway. It is surely a stressful and overwhelming time if you are one of the millions of Americans packing up to move on to your next place. The entire process is a headache. The search. The number crunching. The cleaning. The packing. And of course, the physical move itself, followed by the not-so-fun process of unpacking and organizing everything. Although it’s probably impossible to have a completely stress-free move, there are things you can do to make the transition a bit less painful before, during and after it’s all said and done.
Bring a friend
Having a reliable friend by your side before, during or after moving day can help remove some of the overwhelm that you will certainly be feeling. Choose your friend wisely, though. Will this person be willing to jump in and help out? If so, give them tasks that you know they will be able to complete without hesitation. They might pack up the kitchen while you are working on the master bedroom. You might even trust this friend enough to run to the ATM so that you have enough cash to tip the professional movers. Having an extra set of hands and eyes during this time will really pay off in the end if this person can help you to remember small things or catch things that you may not notice because your brain is swirling with a million things already.
Take a breather
Don't forget to stop every now and then on moving day. You are not Superman or Superwoman. Relax. Have a cold drink–preferably water–and something to eat. Although you are understandably anxious to finally set foot in your new place, moving day is not to be treated like a race. Take your time to make sure things are done safely and correctly. Rushing to get everything done too quickly could end up making your to-do list even longer.
Get some rest
If you are taking the time to move into a new apartment, chances are that you probably also took some time off of work. Lucky you! Now do yourself a favor and take advantage of the time off you have been granted. Catch up on your sleep. Eat well. Regain the energy you lost during your stressful move. Your mind and your body need a chance to recuperate after the strenuous move you just experienced. If you can afford it, it may be worth setting up an appointment at a spa to get a well needed back massage. It may be tempting to want to unpack and organize everything as quickly as possible, but just remember that those boxes are not going anywhere. Use your down time wisely before you need to get back to work.
Order some chow
After moving and unpacking, the last thing you want to do is whip up a meal in your new kitchen. It’s smart to reserve some of your moving budget to ordering takeout for a few nights after your move is complete. It’ll give you some time to focus on your new place without the burden of wondering what the heck you’re going to eat each day.
Get to know your new neighborhood
Take a break from unpacking and go for a stroll. You don’t need to walk anywhere specific, just walk and take in the sights. What do you see? Any cool restaurants? Perhaps a library or museum? A hair salon or dry cleaners? Learn where everything is in your immediate area so that you won’t have to do too much searching later on.
How did you relax after a grueling move?