While a little stress is normal for a long-distance move, your anxiety shouldn’t be keeping you up at night. As a military family we have done this a few times and learned a lot of tricks.
So don’t give anxiety any power over you or your cross-country move. Check out these tips to get organized instead.
1. Make Lists
When it comes to a task this size, there’s no such thing as being too organized, so pull out your favorite journal or tap into your best note app. Create to-do lists, record questions you want to ask, and jot down important reminders.
Research shows organizing your thoughts this way helps you manage anxiety. That’s because a list represents your plan to tackle what could be a chaotic or overwhelming task. Simply by having this list with you, you’re more prepared to take on your long-distance move.
Plus, you’ll feel like a boss when you get to cross an item off your list!
2. Hire a Long-Distance Mover
Finding a long-distance mover should make it to the top of your list. These experienced professionals know what it takes to get your belongings from point A to point B safely, even if your move takes you across international borders.
These long-distance moves involve a lot of red tape and special considerations, which can be overwhelming to handle on your own when you already have so much to do.
An experienced crew like Metropolitan Movers can help you navigate the bureaucracy of crossing the border with confidence. Visit Metropolitanmovers.ca and click on the moving drop-down menu to see how a long-distance moving company can help.
3. Know Your Budget
Everyone knows moving is expensive, but the final price tag is usually higher than you expect, thanks to these hidden costs. You might have to store your items before your new address is ready or pay start-up fees when setting up your utilities. These little things add up to create a big bill that may be hard to handle without a budget.
Sit down with your finances to see how much you can afford to spend on the essentials, like hiring a professional mover and buying packing materials.
Then figure out how you can handle extra costs. If you don’t have enough cash on hand to cover the final bill, tap savings first before you put anything on a low-interest credit card.
4. Pack in Advance
Procrastination doesn’t do you any favors. Working under a time limit makes everything more stressful, and there’s a chance you’ll lose track of your belongings as you toss items wherever they fit to beat the clock.
Packing early can help you approach this task logically. You’ll source the right packing materials to keep things safe, and you’ll take the time to ensure things are protected rather than tossing them into boxes and hoping for the best.
Remember to keep the following things aside, so you aren’t left scrambling to find them on the big day:
- Important documents like passports, wallets, flight info, etc.
- Snacks and drinks
- Toys for kids or pets
- An overnight bag with a change of clothes and toiletries
Moving is stressful, but you don’t have to lose sleep over it. Take control of your stress levels by remembering these tips. They’ll help you organize a hassle-free move across the miles.