Did you know that in a recent study, the majority of participants said that long distance moving was their most stressful life experience? In fact, 10% of people who are moving lose their hair; 14% experience short term memory loss; and an astounding 19% experience anxiety symptoms.
Long distance moving doesn’t have to be such a horrifying experience, though. With the right planning, it can be as easy as anything else in life. Here are a few long distance moving tips and tricks to help make your experience less nerve wracking.
Purge Your Belongings.
As much as you might like to, it’s not a good idea to bring everything with you, especially when you’re long distance moving. Packing every single one of your possessions eats away at your valuable time, and winds up costing you more money than it’s worth. Instead, divide your things up into four categories: keep, sell, donate, and toss. Keep everything essential, toss what you have to, and hold a sale for the rest of your things. Whatever doesn’t sell can go to charity. It can be hard to figure out what’s worth keeping and what’s not, but remember the one year rule–if you haven’t worn or used something in over a year, you don’t need to bring it with you.
Don’t Do It All Yourself.
Doing things on your own can save money, but enlisting the help of long distance movers is well worth your investment. The most obvious benefit of hiring professionals is a reduction in the amount of physical labor you’ll have to do, but that’s not all. Long distance moving professionals know how to pack and transport your belongings with a minimum of breakage, ensuring that everything gets to your new place in one piece. Should you really put a price tag piece of mind?
Create a Schedule and Stick to It.
Even though you can’t put your life on a hold when long distance moving, you can’t let time get away. Make sure you have all of your deadlines in a calendar so that you and your family can get everything done with enough time to spare. Doing things last minute can be excruciatingly stressful, and is something that should be avoided at all costs.
If you plan well ahead of time, long distance moving won’t be such a trial. If you have any questions about these tips for moving long distances, feel free to ask in the comments.