Whether you’re moving in a few weeks or months, knowing that you’ll need to pack and move every last belonging that you own can be daunting, to say the least. In this post, we’ll provide you with a few easy ways to reduce the most common stressors associated with moving.

As you’ll learn in more detail below, one of the most effective ways to reduce stress is to plan early and let a professional moving company help you manage your transition. PNW Moving and Delivery offers free moving quotes and is dedicated to helping you facilitate a hassle-free move. Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help, and read on to learn more about how to reduce the moving-related stress you might be experiencing!

Six Tips for a Less Stressful Move

Plan as Early as Possible

Stress tends to be future-oriented when we feel uncertain about what will happen. Although you can’t look into a crystal ball and see exactly what your move will entail, you can take steps toward planning ahead to make sure that you’ve done your due diligence. Reading posts like this, following the actionable steps below, and contacting professional movers well in advance of your move are three of the most important planning steps you can take.

We also recommend that you make lists of things that you need to do. You can make a physical list or use an app on your smartphone, but make sure you have quick access to it and can write thoughts, questions, and to-do items down as soon as you think about them. Moves have a lot of moving pieces and you don’t want to forget something crucial!

Identify Your Stressors

You can’t address something you haven’t identified. It sounds obvious, but moving is often such a complex transitional time that you may not have taken a few moments to think about which aspects of the process are causing you to feel stressed. Take some time to think about possible solutions and ways you can take action.

As one example, you might realize that you’re experiencing stress because you’re worried about the cost of moving more than the actual transition itself. This is completely understandable, as many companies include hidden costs and fees in their contracts. Moreover, other costs such as utility start-up fees, deposits, earnest money, and other expenses that aren’t directly related to the move itself can still eat into your budget. If you want to take action, the two easiest options are to increase your income or reduce your expenses.

If you run into a problem that isn’t straightforwardly actionable, try to redirect your attention to stressors that you can control and accept that you’ll do your best to handle the ones that you can’t.

Tip: If you’re concerned about the costs of moving, read Prepare for These Five Common Costs of Moving for a few ideas about extra expenses you should consider.

Lighten the Load

Another way to reduce the costs of moving and make the entire process faster is to reduce the number of items you need to move. If you have old furniture that you plan on replacing in the near future, why not take this opportunity to donate it or move it to a disposal site?

Whether you plan to pack everything yourself or you plan to invest in professional packing services from a company like PNW Moving and Delivery, we recommend looking through all of your belongings to see if you can get rid of anything that you no longer want or need. You can even sort your belongings into piles of items to keep, donate, and discard. You’ll be surprised at just how many unnecessary items you have sitting around!

Count the Small Victories

Moving is a big process, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t count the small victories. We have a tendency to look at how far we have to go instead of how far we’ve come, but looking back and appreciating what you’ve already done can be a great way to stay motivated and optimistic about the future.

If you finish packing a room, for instance, give yourself time to do something fun and relaxing. If you sign a moving contract and now have the biggest part of your move checked off of your to-do list, make sure that you give yourself some credit for planning ahead and making so much progress!

Contact a Professional Moving Company

Unsurprisingly, most people report that the actual move itself is the most stressful part about moving. If you and a few friends are packing, loading, and unloading, we agree! That’s why we recommend that you do your research and look into local moving companies well before you need to transition. There are quite a few options in Tacoma and the surrounding areas, but they’re not all equal in the level of service they provide.

If you choose to work with PNW, you can expect an honest, up-front quote that helps you understand exactly what to expect before, during, and after your move. We offer everything from local moving services to packing and long-distance moving, and we’ll work closely with you to make sure that we’ve addressed all of your moving-related needs and concerns before the big day arrives.

We’ve hand-selected talented professional movers who treat your belongings with care and work diligently to get everything safely from one location to the next.

If you’re ready to stop stressing about your move, give us a call and let us know what we can do to help!