Moving is one of the top five stressors in life, along with losing a loved one, divorce, major illness or injury, and job loss. If you’re facing a move, you may be feeling anxious or stressed—but there are many ways to take the edge off, so you can move more peacefully and productively!

Declutter

The first step when you know you’re going to move is to declutter. It doesn’t make sense to move things you don’t want or need, so take some time and go through your belongings. Let go of what you no longer need, and both packing and unpacking will go much faster.

Plan your space

Get measurements for your new home as soon as you can to ensure that the furniture you want to take will fit in your new space. You’ll also want to consider how you will use the rooms in your new home, especially if there is a different configuration and you have more or fewer rooms in the new space. Also consider the amount of storage space in your new home. Is it more or less than you have now? You may need to make some decluttering decisions based on the new space.

2-3 months prior to your move

  • Arrange for your utilities to be transferred or discontinued.
  • Begin packing infrequently used items, like holiday decorations and memorabilia.

1 month prior to your move

  • Purchase moving materials, like boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and packing paper.
  • Hire professional movers for large furniture, and to pack if you prefer.
  • Reserve the elevator in your building if necessary.
  • Request mail forwarding.
  • Notify insurance companies of your new address.
  • Change your address with banks, magazines, subscriptions services, etc.
  • Pack items that are sometimes used, like seasonal clothes.
  • Start to use extra supplies of food in your pantry.

1-2 weeks prior to your move

  • Make sure your new home is clean, so items can be unpacked promptly.
  • Notify your internet and cable companies of your move.
  • Get the internet set up in your new home.
  • Transfer your prescriptions to your new pharmacy.
  • Cancel any local gym, club, or co-op memberships.
  • Use up the food in your fridge.
  • Continue packing everything, except what you need for the last few days.
  • Plan where the items you’re taking will go in your new home.
  • Buy shelving or other large items you need for storage or organization in your new home.

If you start early, and take the time to prepare, your move will go much more smoothly!