Moving is stressful, whether it involves moving items just down the road, to a different state or halfway around the world.
Sure, there are plenty of moving tips available online. They share pearls of wisdom you can apply to organize your move. They can certainly make the moving process simpler but not necessarily easier nor pain-free.
Given how stressful the move can get, keeping the mind and body healthy often takes a back seat. But there’s no need to wait for the move to finish before you can get back to your usual self. Here are a few tips to help you stay happy, healthy and sane before, during and after the move:
1. Plan ahead
It’s not just about packing and unpacking items. There are a lot of factors to consider when moving to a new place. For instance, you may need to sell/donate items you no longer use, cancel subscriptions or prepare your new home so it is ready for occupancy before the move.
Don’t wait until the last minute to pack. At least a few months in advance, make a list of what you need to do and when you plan to accomplish those tasks. By keeping yourself organized, you will feel less stressed once the actual day arrives.
Take the time to stretch. Whether you are undertaking the move on your own, with the help of friends or your hired pros, lifting and moving items require a lot of muscle strength and effort.
The body will be subjected to a lot of strenuous physical activity just before, during and immediately after the move. Unless you are a bodybuilder or are accustomed to lifting heavy weights on a regular basis, the body can get shocked with the physical stresses involved in the move. Stretching for a few minutes can save you money on pain medication, trips to the massage parlor or a doctor, so better limber up.
3. Pencil in some “me time”
A move can take several days, especially if it involves moving items from a home, office or shop, or a combination of these. When managing large physical transfers, it is important to find ways to de-stress some time before or after the move itself.
There are several ways to unplug and rejuvenate. It can be going for an energizing quick run, taking a walk around the park or spending an hour inside the gym. Taking a long, warm bath or reading a book are a few cheaper alternatives.
See relatives, have lunch with friends, go out for a movie — there are plenty of ways to take your mind off the move. Try out a few of these ideas to see what works for you.
4. Stay smart about food
With a lot going on during the move, people are often tempted to eat out or have food delivered most times. This is not a practical option, especially if the move is expected to last for days. Instead, try to plan ahead and focus on what is available.
Take stock of what is in the pantry and fridge. See what unopened, non-perishables you have available and work around those. Perhaps you can prepare some baked pasta ahead of time or work with canned soups and vegetables.
Don’t forget to save some essential cookware and dinnerware. This way, you can still prepare or reheat simple meals for the family during the move and while settling into your new home. When it’s time to move, these items can be packed inside a small box or container that you can carry with you.
5. Call in the experts
Packing and moving the items yourself may save you money, but it’s nothing compared to the physical, mental and emotional costs involved. Work with a reputable removals expert to help you with the moving process. You can find removalists who can assist you with everything — from methodically packing your belongings in your old home to unpacking in your new place.
There are also experts who can help you move items from specific rooms such as the kitchen. Or perhaps you don’t need packing services but need help in cleaning the space. Whatever your requirements, find a removalist that can provide the services you need.
With these tips, you can stay healthy and sane, and be on your way to having a smoother and less stressful move.
Written by: Craig Jones
Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA).