It’s rare that we meet people who actually like moving…well, maybe movers like moving, but not the average, everyday person. Our experience with people moving is that they are tired, anxious, and at the end of their rope. They just want the move to be over and done with.
Did you know that moving is ranked as one of the more stressful life events? It’s probably because it comes with so much change, which is not always easy to handle and adapt too.
The good news is that you’re not alone with moving stress and there are effective ways you can minimize the stress of moving or relocating from start to finish.
Well Before Your Move
Hopefully, you have some time before your move, which means you have the benefit of getting organized. This will reduce your stress and anxiety.
The easiest way to get organized is to put your things where they belong. Easier said than done. But you should look around your home, room by room, and get similar items to the same place. We did this the other day with kids’ toys – which, by the way, were everywhere. It took a lot of stair climbing, but we eventually moved all the kids’ toys to the basement playroom. Then we went through each toy and put them into piles to sell, give away/donate, move to storage (yes, we love our storage unit), or dispose of. We are usually pretty careful with what we buy, so a lot of our items went to storage. With new cousins coming along and younger children in the family who can use the toys in the future, it made sense to keep many of the toys...plus we are tired of stepping on Lego, because, it really hurts.
Closer to Your Move
Consider how moving day logistics are going to work.
Packing often takes about a week and is often a pretty stressful event in a move, so thinking about how you’re going to pack is beneficial. Do you want to pack room-by-room? Do you want to pack certain things into storage and look after them at a different time?
Here are our recommendations:
Moving is no fun because you can’t find your stuff, you underestimate how much time it will take and how many boxes you need, and eventually you start to resent all of your belongings and get overwhelmed. This is when a a simple 5-minute walk filled with lots of deep breathing can help. It resets your mind and gets you away from the situation so you can start to think clearly again.
Try and keep in mind that this is a temporary state in your life. New things can be scary, fun, or both! Your attitude towards this will make all the difference.
Rent a Storage Unit
We are shameless, but we truly believe that a storage unit increases your happiness and decreases your stress! It’s nice to be able to move seasonal items well ahead of your move, or, if you’re moving into a smaller house, move your excess items into a storage locker.
When you rent a storage unit, you get instant space and flexibility, you’re not locked into a long-term contract, and your items are kept safe and sound. Doesn’t that sound awesome?
With 20+ years’ experience in self storage, we have lots of advice, tips and tricks to share. We also care about our customers and want them to get the most out of their self-storage unit and help them keep their personal belongings safe and in good condition. Here are some of our most popular tips:
If you’re concerned with budget and are looking for a cheap self-storage unit to rent, be sure to shop around and take advantage of discounts, special promotions and deals. Look for a self-storage facility that posts their prices and discounts, because then you have certainty. Because a lot of your items don’t need to be stored in climate-controlled storage, consider drive-up, non-temperature-controlled storage. It’s less expensive, but still a very secure self storage option. Both our Milton self storage and Woodstock self storage facilities over this type of storage.
We know moving is very stressful. We also know that if you can move items that you don’t use as often ahead of your move, that your moving day is easier, your new place is bigger, and you are able to settle in more quickly.
Have questions about how self storage can help you with your move? Contact us! And for more helpful advice, tips and tricks, make sure to like or follow us on social media. You can also virtually tour on YouTube both our self-storage facilities, and the many different sizes of storage units we have for rent.
Good luck with your move and we hope it is as stress-free as possible!
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