Contrary to popular belief, moving does not have to be stressful. Given, it is a stressful event. (Best to just admit it straight off the cuff.) However, it doesn’t have to be all about stress! Moving is also an exciting time. It means new beginnings, new adventures, and new chances to make new stories. At a glance, moving can be seen as a loaded task. But if you dissect each task into its proper categories and make room for much-needed breaks, I can assure you, we’re going to get through this smoothly!

Here are 7 quick tips you can use to ensure a smoother transition into your brand new space:

1. Breathe.
Not all is a calamity! It’s easy to let things get to your head. So before you jump into the deep end, clear your mind and take a few deep breaths. Know that you can totally handle this.

2. Get organized!
It’s easier to freak out when things are disorganized. So do yourself a favour, and get yourself organized! List out all the things you need to pack and categorize them by priority. Once you segregate things into easier, bite-sized tasks, they won’t seem so daunting.
Pro Tip: Do NOT multitask. Do things one at a time. Multitasking is another way of not getting things done. Once you’ve finished one thing on your list, only then do you move to the next task.

3. Work ahead of time. Future you will thank you. 
Now’s a great time to schedule everything you need in order to make sure everything runs smoothly on move-in day! If you haven’t already, here’s a friendly reminder to call and book moving trucks for your big day and to make sure that the management team at your new housing area is okay with the moving time that you’ve selected. Some condos and housing areas have very strict rules and they must be informed of your plans well in advance before the big move. Best to spare yourself some unnecessary he-said-she-said drama at the guardhouse, and get your documents sorted.

4. Round up your best troopers. In other words: DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP.
Wouldn’t you agree that the world would be a much better place if people helped each other out more? This applies to this situation too. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. In fact, know and admit that you need help. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Whether it be from a professional service or your next-door neighbours, everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Once you’ve rounded up your troopers, don’t be shy to put them to work! Create working stations. Split the work based on your list so that more things get packed quicker. Who knows? Maybe you and your friends will have a new story to share at dinner parties by the end of it all.

5. Intermission.
Don’t forget to have well-distributed breaks in-between. Especially for your troopers! There’s nothing worse than forced work. For yourself, and your friends. Breaks in between help you evaluate the progress you’ve made, and it should help you recharge after all the heavyweight lifting. And breaks don’t have to be dull; Put a mini picnic on in the middle of your living room floor. Put on some music, talk about all the memories you and your comrades have ever made in this sacred space. Cherish all last moments you’ll have with space before you move into a new one.

6. Clean up as you go. 
It’s easier to keep things tidy as you move along than to clean up one big mess at the end of the day. Especially when you’re already so tired from all the packing and moving things around. It is proven that keeping things easy on the eyes will reduce stress. Psychologically, the space we are in will affect how we feel inside. So get rid of all the unnecessary clutter and clear your mind!

7. This is somewhat a given, but be prepared to leave.
Memories were made, and stories were shared. It can be hard to say goodbye. Don’t be so caught up in packing that you forget to properly close this chapter. It’s important to have full closure before you leave to embark on a new adventure in a new home. You don’t want to move into your new place, to only feel like you’ve forgotten something and then realize that you’ve left your heart in the wrong place. Cliché as it may seem, you need to be prepared to move on. Not everyone moves by choice. Sometimes, we run out of choices and were forced to move into a new space. Yes, it can be stressful but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the best out of the situation. All in all, be mindful of how this makes you feel and the thoughts that come rushing in. But don’t forget to acknowledge that moving is life’s way of giving you another chance to grow and begin again. Best of luck!

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