Moving into a new home is one of the most stressful events in life. Even if everything goes perfectly, there’s just something about moving that really makes people anxious. Homes are where your family makes the most special memories. Moving into a new house can be exciting, but leaving the old one behind can be hard. If you’ve got a big move coming up, follow these tips to make this experience stress free.

1. Plan, Plan, and Plan More!

The best way to ensure that this move is stress-free is to plan everything in advance. Honestly, you cannot plan too much. One of the simplest and most classic methods for organizing tasks and making sure they get done is to make a to-do list. Checklists also work really well just to take inventory of everything in the home. The best way is to make a checklist and a to-do list for each room in the house. This is a simple way to categorize your tasks without getting overwhelmed by one giant list.

The next step in your plan is to make a list of immediate to-dos and later to-dos. Immediate to-dos are things like letting your landlord or property owner notice of your move, canceling any mail subscriptions, calling moving or truck-rental companies for prices, and shopping for packing supplies. Later to-dos are things like actually packing (again, room by room is the easiest way to do it). Additionally, if you have family members or kids, you can put them in charge of their own belongings or rooms. This can take a lot of stress out of the move since it checks off items on your own to-do list.

2. Be a Light Traveler

It can be hard for many of us, but traveling light is the most stress-free way to move. Packing up everything except for the essentials just means less to worry about. Who knows, maybe you might like the minimalist lifestyle, even if it’s just for a bit. Decluttering your belongings goes a long way, and can help you declutter your busy brain as well. It’s also smart to consider if you want to pay to move all your large furniture/appliances, or if you simply want to sell them. Facebook’s Marketplace is one of the best ways to get some cash for things you no longer want. Then, you can use that cash to upgrade to something newer if it’s something that must be replaced. If not, you just took a step toward a less cluttered lifestyle and made some money!

3. Pack Your Essentials Bag

The only way to travel light, and also have everything you need when you arrive, is to pack an essentials bag. This is everything you need to live normally while moving and once you arrive at the new home. Here’s a list to make it even easier:

  • Toiletries and medications
  • Important life documents like IDs, passports, SS cards, and birth certificates
  • Chargers for all devices and computers
  • At least two changes of clean clothes
  • Cleaning supplies and paper towels
  • First aid kit
  • Cash
  • A couple of towels

These are the bare essentials. You can also bring along food, water, and any cooking supplies if you want, but you’ll probably want to just pick up some food until you’re all settled in.

BONUS TIP: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Some Help!

Friends and family can seriously reduce stress during the move by helping in any way possible (especially the big and strong ones). Do not be afraid to ask for a little help, even if it’s something small. Anything you can get off your plate is a win.

Obviously moving is a tough job. We know that as well as anyone. Hevi-Haul has been making products that literally move the world for decades now. We even make products that could pick up that house of yours and move it anywhere you want. All you have to do grab that essentials bag because you cannot be inside when that house is on the move. If you have any questions about our moving products, like utility skates or house movers, don’t hesitate to contact us here.