It’s a majorly stressful time for everyone in the world, and to top it all off with moving, a task that is already quite stressful in itself can become a big headache. That said, it doesn’t have to be the inevitable case, and you can still have a relatively smooth go about things if you plan it out and make sure you don’t get overwhelmed. To lessen the overall hassle and worry that may hang around the entire thing, make sure you try going about it with these tips in mind.
Make sure you’ve set up transport beforehand.
From the haulers that will bring the bulk of your furniture to the open transport service that will take care of your vehicle, you will want to make sure that you lay down the schedule and plan with these moving teams so that you can avoid sudden hiccups on the day. It is already wise, in general, to confirm what routes they will take so you can map this out accordingly and get everything where you need it and when you need it.
Since times are a little stickier due to the pandemic, make sure that you hire companies with strict protocols and follow the necessary precautions when handling items, wearing masks, and entering locations. That will not only keep things safe for you and the workers, but it will also comply with any regulations that may be in place wherever your new home is.
Keep everything more stringently hygienic.
That is the time to make sure you properly clean everything before hauling them out and making sure to disinfect them again before putting them into the new place. On top of that, you should make sure that everyone has access to alcohol and can wash their hands with soap and water accordingly. What helps to keep you safe during this time is staying hygienic and maintaining the sanitation of your environment. So actively apply that during your move.
Make sure you disinfect everything that needs to be cleaned and avoid touching your face after contact with any items that haven’t been cleaned up and before washing your hands thoroughly. Even when interacting with any movers, possible new neighbors, or landlords, make sure you are adequately masked up and try to maintain some distance as much as you can.
Make sure you have gotten rid of your excesses.
Since you want to make the transition as smooth as possible and you want to worry about fewer things during this move, declutter and make sure you’ve given away or gotten rid of all that you can make do without. It’s less stuff to have to lug around, and you’ll find that it leaves more room in your new home and makes the transport side of things much more manageable.
Set up boxes for donation, which you can still do during the pandemic as long as you clean everything and follow any regulations when you drop the goods off where you’ll be giving them away. Any trash piles should still be manageable as you would typically get rid of your garbage. If you believe you don’t have too much stuff, think again. The average American home has a whopping 300,000 things. If it’s something you had forgotten all about before the move, then you probably don’t need to take it along with you in your new space.
Go through everything again on the week of the move.
To make sure that things go as smoothly as possible, do a quick run-through and confirm every vital factor before the actual day of the move. Especially since various areas continuously implement new restrictions and lockdown procedures over time, it’s best to make sure that you don’t run into any sudden problems. That is an even more crucial step if you have a far move in a different state altogether.
You also free up some stress and identify any problems that could arise earlier on. It‘s already a stressful time, and there are a ton of adjustments to be made because of the pandemic, so doing this step allows you some breathing room, an added element of preparation, and, most importantly, the chance to map out your time. If you get that, it can significantly lower the stress you have over this move.
Studies have shown that people find moving to be one of the most stressful life events a person can have. So don’t beat yourself up if you feel anxious about it. These steps can at least alleviate some of that tension and move things along.