Ways To Make Your Move Less Stressful

Alivia Whitaker | March 13, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Studies say Americans site moving as one of the most stressful events in life - even beating out divorce. But there is a way you can make it easier and we tell you how!

Americans Think Moving Is Stressful

Fox News outlined in an article how Americans find moving to be highly stressful.  They said,

"The survey asked 1,000 Americans who have moved within the last three years about their experiences and the growing pains that come with moving on.

Next in line for life’s most stressful events was going through a breakup or divorce at 44%.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of North American Van Lines, the survey found 64% of respondents said their most recent move was one of the most stressful things they’ve ever experienced.

Packing is among the stressors for moving.  (SWNS)

In fact, of those surveyed who did their last move on their own, 43% said they would never do it again.

The top stress points of an independent move included moving their furniture through doors, closely followed by pivoting furniture up and down the stairs."

So how can you make your move less stressful?   Keylock Storage, the experts in moving and storage give you the tips:

Plan Ahead And Save Your Money

One thing is universally true:  moving is not only stressful, it is very expensive to move.  Between down payments on houses or first and last months rent, utility deposits, buying boxes, potentially paying for movers and/or cleaners, moving expenses can mount fast.

Thats why it's important to plan early and save your money.  Make sure you accurately calculate what your move is going to cost and how much you need to save over what period of time.

One way you can offset this cost and prepare for your move all in one go is to de-clutter and sell your items. It's important to de-clutter and reduce the amount of things you're going to move.  In the meantime, you can sell these items at a garage sale or at these garage sale alternatives Keylock Storage outlined HERE.

Pack Ahead Of Time, According To Need

Most of the conventional packing wisdom tells us to pack up and box belongings by room.  While this is a great general guide, you want to keep in mind to also pack items by how often you need or use them.

Packing can be overwhelming and a great way to cut down that overwhelm is to pack in stages.  Particularly, if you are selling and/or showing your home while living there, you can make life easier by packing in phases.

Do a first phase of packing where you pack almost everything you will not need immediately.  Basically anything that is not day to day can be packed up and put in self storage for a reasonable cost.  Almost all self storage is rented on a month to month basis, therefore, you can stay as little or as long as you need to during your moving process.

That will leave your current home looking less cluttered and much easier to pack and clean in "phase 2" of your move.  

Make sure as you pack in "phase 1" and "phase 2" that you divide and pack items in boxes according to their need and use.   For instance, when packing the kitchen pack smaller kitchen appliances and tools that you use less often in one box and leave out your basic pans and kitchen implements in another. That way, when you move to the new location things you need immediately will be in forefront in the "everyday use" boxes.

Save Instructions, Manuals and Parts

If you plan on moving furinture, many times you have to take it apart to get it in and out of buildings.  An easy hack to make this process easier is to save manuals and instructions eitheir in a master binder or in a ziplock taped to the piece of furinture.  This way, you can also use the ziplock to save random screws and other small parts that you may end up needing but can be difficult to find when lost.

In addition, you can visit Keylock Storage Blog for more interesting articles about organization and lifestyle: keylockstorage.com/blogs