Regardless if you’re moving across town or across the country, moving can be a little stressful. With so many details – so many random things left in the junk drawer – it can be easy to embrace anxiety in this exciting time of change. But today, I want to offer you a few tips from my own personal moving experience to help make the task a little easier.
Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NCV)
Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7 NCV)
These verses, and so many others, remind us that the Lord is our support even in stressful times. He truly cares about our worries and concerns – including those that come along with moving. God desires for you to trust him with the struggles you are facing. He wants you to lean on him so that he can provide you with enough strength to get through the day. Let his arms surround you. And whenever you feel tempted to doubt or fear, invite his presence into the situation.
2. Organize Yourself
Moving will inevitably be chaos if you don’t set aside enough time to organize what needs to be done. Whether you’re using an app on your cell phone or an old fashioned piece of paper, make a list of everything that needs to be accomplished. You don’t have to go into great detail, but make sure you’re thorough in writing down the tasks.
Currently, my moving to-do list involves “pre-move,” “moving day,” and “at the new house” with individual tasks listed under each category. If you’re a type-A person like myself who thrives on structure, you may even go in and assign due dates to each task. But however you go about your list, make it something that is easy to decipher and works for you.
3. Get On The Same Page
Once you feel satisfied with your list, sit down with your husband to delegate tasks. Are you going to be filling nail holes, or is that something he wants to do? Maybe you’d like coordinate with the internet provider at your new place and he wants to handle reserving the moving truck. Regardless of how you split things up, be sure to clearly indicate who has committed to what tasks and display the list in a central location.
4. Set Aside Daily Essentials
One of the most overwhelming parts of packing involves the timeline and necessary day-to-day things. As great as it is to have the kitchen packed up weeks ahead of time, there is still cooking that needs to be done. The same goes for items in the bathroom. Instead of waiting until the last possible moment to pack up various rooms, set aside the bare essentials and pack up everything else. Don’t let yourself stress over whether or not you’ll need a specific item in the next few days or weeks. If you aren’t entirely comfortable with sealing the boxes, leave a few open so that you can easily pull out items when they are needed.
The most important thing is to not stress about having items out of reach temporarily. You’ll have them back soon enough! (Click here to read “5 Tactics to Reduce Stress In Your Life”)
5. Recruit Help
What better way to tackle a big project than to call in a little backup? Friends can make the moving adventure much more enjoyable and easier to tackle. Invite just one friend for a more intimate packing experience or make it a full-on packing party! The more help you have, the quicker the job will be done. And what great memories you’ll make in the process! Just be aware that, as helpful as friends can be, it’s likely that things will get packed or labeled differently than you would prefer. So, be prepared for whatever is the end result and enjoy these moments with friends you may soon leave behind.