It’s that time of the year again: The weather is warming up, pollen is covering everything, and it’s time to decide whether or not to renew your lease. The spring and summer are the busiest months for Americans to move. According to that study, almost 50% of people move between May and August. If you’re thinking about moving, here are five tips to make it a little easier on yourself.
Sure, sometimes you can’t always be in control of your time. Life happens, as they say. But, the earlier you can start planning, the easier a move will be on you. Experts say to allow up to 8 weeks. This allows you to get your ducks in a row in plenty of time. The more you get done earlier, the better equipped you’ll be to handle unexpected events.
Make a List
Part of planning ahead should be making a list so that you can better stay organized. This should include things like looking into a moving service, checking reviews, and checking prices. It should also have basic things like getting boxes and starting packing. It could also include as much detail as you want, such as updating your address for specific companies (credit cards, subscription boxes, etc.).
Sometimes you have to admit that you can’t do it all — and that’s ok! Being able to delegate is a life skill and one that certainly comes in handy for a move. Delegation could be hiring movers. Or, it could be assigning out jobs for your family. Maybe you could even pay friends or neighbors if that’s something you would be comfortable with. Find out what you can delegate and set it up; your life will be much easier.
Remember What’s Important
There’s always a question of what’s better: the journey or the destination. The answer likely lies somewhere in between, but there are some advantages to keeping the destination as a priority. When you’re feeling at the end of your rope, remember how wonderful it will be when you’re in your new home. You’ll be able to share it on social media (like many, many people do) and have the housewarming party of your dreams.
Clear Out the Clutter
A subset of remembering what’s important is to think about the items in your home. Have you used it in the last year? The last five years? Since your last move? If you start answering no to these types of questions, it might be time to think about if you actually need that item or not. One of the benefits of moving is that you are forced to look at all of your stuff and asset whether or not it is coming with you. It’s always a good feeling when you can move into a new space and have less clutter than your previous one.
So, if you’re planning on moving soon, take a deep breath. It will all be ok in the end. Plan ahead and strategize what you can make easy. For the harder stuff, you might just have to get through it. But, use the above tips to help you make it a little less work.