Lessons from a Stressful Move

Most people don’t like to move. It’s a lot of work and it can mean a lot of stress as well. The packing, the unpacking, the cleanup. We’ve done it a few times and you probably have too. If you’re planning a move in the future, you may have nightmare flashbacks from the last time and are really feeling apprehensive about this time. But take heart, learn from others and you may find yourself a little less stressed.

Lessons from a Stressful Move

Stay Organized.

Throw everything into a box and maybe write the contents on the box. That’s what a lot of us do. But there are better ways to do this. Tips from an interior designer: Color-code each room. Measure the new space if you can and know which boxes go into what rooms. Then color code those boxes with a large, colorful sticker. When others help you unpack, they know exactly which room the box belongs in.

Start Early.

Before you move, take an audit of all your possessions. Donate items you haven’t used in a year, have a garage sale or take a load or two to the dump.  I literally had moving workers close and box up a box of trash and it was delivered to my new house. What a waste!

Breathe and Remember, it’s Okay.

Sometimes just realizing that it’s going to be stressful can take a lot of the stress off the table. If you have unrealistic expectations in that everything is going to flow smoothly, you’ll probably be frustrated more often than not. If you expect the unexpected to happen and then it doesn’t, you can be pleasantly surprised. You may not be able to enjoy every moment of the move but you can at least tolerate a little bit better should someone lose directions, of the skits broken, or things don’t close on time.

Look to the Future.

Big changes can mean a more productive path for your lifestyle. You’re probably moving because of a change in job status, familial status or you’re simply finding a new path for your life. Whatever it is, embrace the change and look ahead to the future in a more positive light. Get a renewed sense of energy that you can start fresh in a new neighborhood and a new home. By reorganizing your priorities and perspectives, it can totally change your outlook on the situation.

Bottom line: plan ahead, organize and breathe throughout the entire process and you’ll have a much less stressful relocation and move.

Are you planning on moving anywhere within DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia? Contact our office today for more tips and information that can help you make the right move.

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