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If you are planning to move this year, you are probably feeling a mix of emotions. Excitement, frustration, fear and enthusiasm are pumping through your veins, along with a steady stream of stress and anxiety. Moving has consistently been listed as one of the top life events that trigger negativity, and it’s no wonder why. A home is meant to be a sanctuary. Uproot it and life becomes, wellchaotic!

While finding ways to remain organized during a move can be a challenge, it’s not impossible. These 4 simple tips can keep things in order, helping to keep your stress level at a minimum.

Do not try to do everything by yourself!

One of the biggest mistakes people make when getting ready to move is deciding to pack up their homes and move everything on their own to save money. The job almost always turns out to be larger than anticipated, causing people to feel overwhelmed and defeated before they’re even half way through.

Asking family members or friends to help you pack, sort and repair items within your current home can make the process run smoother, while alleviating pressure from you. You can even make a day of it: order some pizza, blast some music there’s nothing like quality time with those you love.

Clearly mark, coordinate and store boxes off site to alleviate clutter.

Instead of keeping boxes that have already been packed within your home, rent a self storage unit to keep them off-site. Your home will be less cluttered, making it more appealing to potential buyers walking through, and less chaotic for you!

Number and color coordinate each box you pack, keeping a running list on hand to track items within each box. This way, when your movers pick up your boxes from storage to bring to your new home, you will know which boxes need to be unpacked immediately, and which ones can wait in storage until you’re ready.

Do your due diligence and research movers thoroughly beforehand..

Moving companies are notorious for offering a low price initially, then jacking the price up right before unloading your items. This is why it is essential to obtain numerous, written quotes from movers beforehand, comparing their services, reviews and prices thoroughly. Note that you can also check a mover’s complaint history by visiting the Protect Your Move website, set up by the US Department of Transportation.

Remember: the quality of the service you receive is far more important than the price tag. A savings of a few dollars will not be worth the headache you will have when items return damaged or simply don’t return at all.

Take care of bills, paperwork and mail in advance.

List out all of your financial institutions, utility companies, doctors, schools, employers, etc… speaking with them several weeks beforehand to coordinate your move. You should also visit the USPS website to update your mailing address to ensure all mail is forwarded to you.

Moving can and will be difficult, but by asking friends and family to pitch in, utilizing a local storage facility to keep the clutter to a minimum, and remaining proactive through research and preparation, you can alleviate unnecessary stress and make your move a smooth one.

“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.” —Amelia Earhart

Happy moving!