Things to Help Keep Your Sanity When Moving

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No matter how old you are, where you live or how many people you have in your family, moving is never easy. All that packing, sorting, labeling, finding a new home, and starting a new life in a new place is more stressful and exhausting than you could ever imagine.

That’s why people generally don’t like moving too often — or at all. But, sometimes you’re forced to do it, so you’d better have a plan and get it over with as soon as possible. If this sounds like your current situation, here are a few tips that might help make your move a little easier and quicker.

What Stays & What Goes

Determining what you will and won’t take with you when moving could easily be the most important step of this entire process — although most people overlook this one. That’s because you probably won’t be able to take all of your possessions with you (nor should you, by the way), which is why going through your belongings before you pack is a must.

While this process might take some time, it will also give you an opportunity to assess all of your material possessions and decide what you do and don’t need in your future. At the same time, it will also force you to declutter, which is always a good idea. In the meantime, as you sort, don’t be afraid to minimize the number of items you have and keep only those that you actually use. This will, ultimately, make your packing and unpacking process easier — a win-win situation.

Create an Inventory


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Even if you’ve gone through all of your possessions and decluttered as much as you can, you’ll still have tons of stuff to pack and move. Therefore, creating an inventory of things you’re taking with you is a simple, yet effective hack that can go a long way. Plus, this tip will help you get organized and stay on track for a productive move.

There are several methods you can follow to create a packing inventory, any of which are just fine as long as you stick to them. Nevertheless, attacking the challenge room by room may be the most sensible way to go. In this option, you just write down everything you’re taking with you and pack these things together.

Always Be There

Because packing and moving are far from easy, many people choose to pay someone to do it for them. And, while hiring professionals is a decent idea, consider whether you are really comfortable allowing someone you’ve never met go through all of your stuff and pack your personal belongings.

If you aren’t, then you need to be involved in every step of the process. This means that you’ll be the one sorting through your possessions, packing them into boxes and unpacking them once you reach your new home. This may sound like a ton of work, but you’d be surprised to learn that you can actually move yourself in just a couple of weeks. All you need to do is stick to your plans and dedicate at least an hour or two every single day to the process.


Pay Attention to Labeling


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Labeling is another issue that people often struggle with. They know they packed their possessions somewhere, but are unsure where. Specifically, they dedicated a significant amount of time to deciding what they don’t need in their future lives and packed only the items they planned to use in their new home. But now, they have absolutely no idea where these items are! However, the cause of this conundrum is quite simple: They didn’t pay attention when they were labeling their boxes.

Fortunately, the solution to this problem is pretty simple, as well — just stay focused when labeling your boxes and do so clearly. For instance, instead of mimicking other people’s ideas, come up with a system of your own that makes sense to you. That way, you’ll have no problem finding what you’re looking for when you get to your new home.

Additionally, many new homeowners prefer to have everything in order before moving into a new home. So, find some high-quality boxes and waterproof markers, use different colors, get some stickers or create a numbering system. Essentially, do whatever you need to do so that you’ll know what’s hiding in each of the boxes you’re taking with you.


Moving to a new location can be stressful, but it’s also an exciting time that marks the beginning of a new chapter of your life. So, get through the moving process quickly and efficiently to start your new life in your new home as soon as possible!




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Comments (3)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Christopher - you're right regardless of the number of times one has moved, it's not something many(if any) would consider "easy".  Proper preparation and realistic expectations can help ease some of those possible moments of insanity but there always seems to be some angst present during any move.  

Oct 13, 2021 01:15 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Christopher Pataki these are very good list of tips to help keep sanity when moving.

Oct 13, 2021 02:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

As someone who has moved countless times, I can tell you that your list is spot on. And carefully how your boxes are labeled!

Oct 14, 2021 09:53 AM