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If you are in the process of moving, you are likely feeling overwhelmed. Trust us when we say you are not alone. Believe it or not, moving is listed as one of the most stressful life events, coming in just before divorce and after the death of a loved one. So, if you are feeling a bit on the brink, know it is with good reason.

Moving is so stressful because it upsets our safe space. Home is where we feel we can wind down, relax, and simply be. However, feelings of warmth and comfort at home are no longer the case when you are moving. When you disrupt “the nest,” many feel on edge and anxious. Here are five simple tips to help:

1.) Accept the stress – it is what it is!

While this may sound counterintuitive, it isn’t. You know that home isn’t going to be your refuge, for the time being, so change your expectations. Doing so will help you find moments that are or can be relaxing and help you reshape how you view your home, to begin with. Plus, it will make you feel that much more excited to be within your new home when you finally get there.

2.) Clean up and clear out.

You’re not just packing – you’re decluttering. Since you are going through every nook and cranny of your home anyway, what better time is there to do so? Determine what items you should keep, what you should discard, and what you should donate, which will allow you to enter your new home without any junk.

3.) Find ways to maximize space.

To keep your living space free from boxes and maximize space for potential buyers walking through, rent a self-storage unit nearby. The price couldn’t be better with sizes designed to meet any need and special offers for new renters. Best of all, you can keep boxes in storage when you move into your new home until you are ready to unpack them, so your new place will be clutter-free as well!

4.) Search for a reputable moving company.

More often than not, the lowest price isn’t always the best deal. Search for a moving company that provides you with the best value for your money, including good reviews, referrals, and a formalized contract in place. Movers are notorious for charging more the day of while holding your belongings hostage, which is why finding the right one is vital.

5.) Get your paperwork in order before your move.

Make a list of companies you need to notify of your move (such as your bank, child’s school, employer, non-profits you support, auto insurance company, etc.) so that you are ready to do so. It is also essential to have your mail forwarded easily through the USPS website. They will deliver your mail for up to one year.

With a change in attitude, the use of self-storage, some extra planning, and the need for clean – your move will be an empowering, exciting time that will bring you and your family much joy! In the words of Victor Kiam, “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” We wish you a successful, stress-free move!