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If you are preparing to sell your home, you are likely feeling all of the feels – anxious, nervous, excited, enthusiastic, sad, overwhelmed, frustrated… the list goes on and on. Guess what? You are not alone. Moving is listed as one of the top 5 stress-inducing life events, coming in alongside divorce and death of a loved one! Shocking, but true! Here’s some good news: it is possible to minimize stress through the “chaos”, with some simple tips and tricks to keep your move organized and on track.

1.) Take time to address your mental health.

This first tip isn’t so much to help keep you organized physically, but to ensure you are able to handle your move from the best possible place emotionally. Regardless of your reason for moving, moving in and of itself is challenging, and therefore stress-filled. And while you already know that, feeling the throws of it through the process is an entirely different story. As such, it is important to take the time to tend to your own needs so that you can move forward with your move from a position of strength, conquering each day.

Think about what you need to provide you with some normalcy. It could be an area of your home that remains untouched until moving day to offer you some comfort, deciding to order in instead of cooking and cleaning, or merely having a time where you tune out and wind down by focusing on your family (or that delicious half gallon of cookie dough ice cream in the freezer that’s calling your name).

2.) Use this time of packing as a time to purge and get organized.

Study after study has shown that clutter leads to stress and anxiety. Combine that with a move – and you’re setting yourself up for disaster! Instead of becoming overwhelmed by packing, consider this: never again will you have the opportunity to go through each and every item within your home… in other words – this is your chance to purge!

As you pack, ask yourself, “Have I used this item within the past three months, or do I have a genuine plan or purpose for it within the next three?” If so, pack it! If you don’t but someone else could, donate it. And if you don’t want it and no one else would – throw it away and don’t look back! Just think… the more you get rid of, the less there is to pack, making your new home clutter free from the start! A win-win!

3.) Store boxes off site, then unpack at your leisure.

Instead of keeping boxes that have already been packed within your home, rent a self storage unit to help alleviate clutter. This will make your home more appealing to potential buyers walking through, while making the space 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 self storage until you’re ready.

In the words of YG, “Stress come with life, period, bro.” Ain’t that the truth?!

But by tending to your needs, purging clutter, and packing and unpacking strategically using storage units, you can help alleviate the stress and anxiety that is associated with moving, making your move a success!

Wishing you much happiness in your new home!