Our 5 tips for a stress-free move

What are the most stressful events in one’s life? According to certain studies, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job and…you guessed it…moving appear at the top of the list. Some psychologists claim that moving can even lead to depression in certain individuals.

But why is moving so stressful? While a move can be a happy occasion in many cases, it can also be related to difficult circumstances, such as a separation, a decrease in income or a loss of independence. Whether we move of our own free will or not, our routines and our whole frame of reference are turned upside down.

Luckily, there are a number of ways to embark on this new phase of your life with calm and confidence. Here are our best tips for a move that’s stress-free and worry-free!

Simplify and downsize!

The first thing to do is declutter your home by getting rid of everything that no longer serves you. Are there certain items that haven’t been used in over a year? You probably don’t need them anymore… And if space is more limited in your new home, make sure you only keep what’s necessary. For example, if you’re moving to a warmer climate, perhaps you could say goodbye to your winter coats or your skis.

Holding a garage sale to dispose of your surplus belongings can help you earn a little extra money. Likewise, donating them to a charity is an excellent way to help those less fortunate.

Get organized!

The secret to a stress-free move begins with good planning. It might be very useful to make a to-do list to ensure that you don’t forget anything important. Here are a few examples of things you might want to include:

  • Reserve the moving date and free up your schedule for the big day
  • Sort your belongings and clearly label the boxes
  • Make a list of all the organizations that will need to be notified of your change of address (to notify the government, you can use the following link: https://www.adresse.gouv.qc.ca/AvisSQCA.aspx?Lng=en&codeRegleAffaire=RA0360)
  • About a month before moving day, make preparations to have telephone and internet service installed at the new location

Creating a moving schedule is a great way to make sure nothing gets overlooked. Another great trick: create a “Moving” file where you can keep all your estimates, receipts and forms.

Keep the essentials close at hand!

For a stress-free move, it’s always a good idea to keep certain indispensable items within easy reach. Once you’re in your new location, you’ll avoid having to ransack countless boxes in search of them! Besides your toothbrush, these essentials might include:

  • A first aid kit
  • Household cleaners
  • Hand soap and toilet paper
  • Trash bags
  • Scissors
  • Tools
  • An ice chest with bottles of water and healthy snacks

Ask for help!

The key to reducing stress and making life easier during your move is to be well-prepared. Go about it in stages, doing things gradually. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Since 1985, our moving experts have been offering unbeatable service. Martineau Movers: for guaranteed peace of mind!