Let’s face it.
Moving is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do.
Oh sure, it’s better than root canal. And it’s less stressful than a tax audit.
But nobody likes moving. It’s one of those things that’s a necessity from time to time, and it helps you achieve a greater goal.
Whether you’re moving across town in Ottawa – or across the country – the process of moving can be a big headache.
In this edition of the Junk Ninja blog, we’ll talk about ways to make your move less stressful, in the form of both tips for the logistics of the move itself as well as how to keep calm and contented throughout the moving process.
Why Is Moving So Stressful?
In the upper echelon of life’s stressful events are a select group of headache-causing, potentially panic-inducing events such as:
- Job loss
- Death of a loved one
- Major illness or injury
Notice the elite company that “moving” is in?
Could moving really be as bad as losing your job, losing a loved one or ending up in hospital?
What is it about moving that’s so stressful, that makes people shudder and panic at the mere thought or suggestion of it?
There’s something about packing up and hauling the entirety of our life’s possessions that triggers an emotional reaction.
Then there are the inevitable worries, doubts and questions that we’ll have about the move itself – all very logical.
- Will something get broken?
- Will something get lost?
- Will everything fit?
- What’s all this going to cost me?
- How do I organize all this? Where do I start?
- What might go wrong that I haven’t even planned for?!
- How long will it take to feel comfortable again?
These and other legitimate concerns spring to mind when facing the daunting task of an upcoming move.
Believe us, we’ve been there too. And while there’s virtually anything we’d rather be doing than personally planning for and conducting a household move, we’ve learned from experience of the years that it doesn’t have to be as bad as some people fear.
That’s why we’ve assembled this mini moving guide for you – courtesy of your junk removal partners at Junk Ninja – the leaders in Ottawa junk removal as well as junk removal in Kingston, Brockville and nearby communities.
How to Make Moving Less Stressful
What’s the very first thing we recommend doing when setting out on your moving adventure?
Take a deep breath, breathe out, then repeat that for a little while. Find your centre, your calm spot, your happy place. You’ve been here before, and you know logically that this too shall pass.
You’ve got this.
The next step is to start making lists.
The Value of Checklists in Moving
If you’re a list person, you know the value of lists already. If you’re not yet, we’d like you to know that lists are your friend.
Lists help you organize an otherwise unwieldy process, breaking it down into smaller tasks and helping to ensure that you stay in control and out ahead of the bigger picture.
The following lists should give you a start in the right direction:
- ‘What’s Going’ List (sorting room by room)
- What-to-get-Rid-Of List (again room by room)
- Final Packing List – Inventory
- Number every box you pack
- List the contents of that box, so you know what’s where
- What Needs to Be Done by Phone / Online (with some examples below)
- Hire movers (or a truck)
- Close out / Start up utilities
- Forward your mail
- Change addresses & update billing, etc.
- Hire junk removal company
- Change or update homeowner’s/renter’s insurance policy
- Hire cleaner for new place and/or old place
- To-Buy List
- Packing supplies
- Bubble Wrap
- Tape & Tape Gun
- Straps / ties etc.
- Furniture / accessories needed at new home
- Packing supplies
You can use an old-fashioned pen and paper for these lists – or you can use a helpful tech tool like Google Docs, Evernote, etc. Whatever’s best for you to keep tabs and see the timeline.,
Draw Out Your Moving Timeline
Part of the moving organization process is being in control (to the fullest extent possible) of the timeline of your move.
This timeline can be created and updated in tandem with your checklists.
There are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to a move, after all, and some are dependent on others.
Once you can visually see the timeline ahead, you’ll have better results in breaking down the tasks and feeling better about how each step is being taken care of.
Hire the Pros When Possible to Make the Move Less Stressful
One way to take away much of the stress of moving is to outsource the tasks that aren’t in your wheelhouse.
Professional movers – the best ones anyway – do a great job of (literally) taking a load off your back. With a little homework and research (check out reviews and get a few quotes), you can take a chunk of the moving stress away by hiring a reputable moving company.
The same goes for other services such as house cleaning and junk removal.
How Junk Removal Helps Your Move Go More Smoothly
If you’ve got a fair amount of stuff that isn’t making the move with you, count on Junk Ninja to haul it away!
We’ve got another article about this, how junk removal helps moving go more smoothly, which you can read right here.
When you hire Junk Ninja to haul away those unwanted items, you’re reducing the stress of your move – and you’re moving into your new home with less clutter and fewer headaches.
Contact us today for a free quote on Ottawa junk removal, Kingston junk removal or Brockville junk removal – and take away some of the stress of that upcoming move.