How to Deal With the Practicalities of Moving Out

Posted February 1, 2021 by in Lifestyle

Has the time finally come for you to move house? The situation can often be stressful and anxiety-inducing to say the least. Moving out is a large step that requires self-care and dedication in order to make the process run as smoothly as possible.

Feeling stressed about the whole ordeal is perfectly natural, as moving is widely regarded as one of the most stressful life events

Here are a few tips for those of you who want look after your mental health throughout the process, should you wish to address the practicalities and get ahead of the game:

Think About the First Night

It can be important to get organized in time for your move, so it might be worth thinking about the first night you will spend in your new home. For example, making sure you purchase essentials such as food and hygiene products can help your first night feel less daunting. 

It can be easy to forget the basics in the rush of the moment, so making sure you are well prepared to deal with the first night can start you off on the right foot. 

A good way to go about this is to pack a suitcase with everything you feel you will need for your first few days—clothes, toiletries, tech cords, and any medications. Pack like you’re going on a small weekend getaway.

Consider Your Belongings

Thinking about all of your possessions and boxing them up in time for the move is perhaps one of the hardest parts of moving, especially if you have accumulated a vast wealth of sentimental treasures over the years. 

You may want to consider purchasing some storage space at in order to keep some of your belongings safe while you make the move. This can enable you to take your time and prevent running the risk of losing your valuables. 

Ask for Help

It is important to remember you can always ask for help, be it from friends, family or professional movers. It is good to know that you are not alone in this, so finding help from any source you can is a great way of lifting some of the burden. 

It might be worth bearing in mind the safety aspect of moving out, especially during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to keep yourself safe, you can practice social distancing and try to limit the amount of human contact if you are able. 

Take a Deep Breath 

In order to stop yourself from becoming overwhelmed with the whole situation, it can be vital to remember to take a step back and breath deeply. Controlling your breath can help alleviate feelings of stress, while putting everything back into perspective. 

You may find it incredibly beneficial to conceptualize the larger picture and imagine yourself in your happy home. After all, you will stand to benefit in the long-run from having your very own space to call home. 

The Importance of Sentimental Belongings

When first moving in, you might be met with a completely empty living space that has the potential to feel sterile. You may want to pack some personal items to hand, so that you can immediately put up a photograph or your favorite houseplant

This way, you can remind yourself you are at the start of an exciting new journey, with many happy memories awaiting you. 

Couple packing up their book collection.

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