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How to Survive Moving Day Without Hurting Your Relationship
Moving in with a new partner can evoke a range of feelings from nervousness to excitement to nervous excitement. But there's one feeling you can bank on, whether you're moving in with a fairly new partner or a decades-long spouse: Stress.
Moving ranks extremely high on the list of life stressors, and can put a big strain on even the strongest of relationships.
To minimize the stress of your upcoming move and find ways to enjoy the process, keep these tips and tricks in mind:
Hire Professional Movers Well in Advance
The benefits of working with professional movers rather than trying to execute a move solo are innumerable. By entrusting your possessions to professional movers, you can have greater peace of mind that they'll arrive safely to your new home without preventable loss, damage or injury. Because a professional moving company will protect your possessions and execute your move efficiently, you'll actually stand to save money in the long run. Be sure to secure your preferred moving company well in advance to ensure that they're available on your desired moving date.
Get Rid of What You No Longer Use
One of the things that people find stressful about moving is the packing process. We all manage to accumulate our fair share of possessions and it can be extremely difficult to decide what to pack versus what to leave behind. Schedule a day dedicated to taking an inventory of each room in your home. Ask yourself, do I use this? If the answer is no, consider selling the items, giving them away to friends, or donating to a local charity.
Remember that if you're moving in with a partner, you'll have to communicate about your combined "inventory". Make sure you aren't doubling up on things you only need one of. Create a list of treasured items you can't fathom giving away, and try to be flexible about items that don't pull at your heartstrings. If you both absolutely love your antique side tables, remember you can put items in storage until a new home affords you new space.
Discuss Your Expenses Openly
Even a well-planned move comes with expenses. Sit down with your partner or spouse well in advance to discuss the associated costs, from professional movers to necessary packing supplies. Be open about who is expected to cover each cost. Moving on weekends or at peak hours can be more costly, as can scheduling a last minute move. By organizing your move well in advance and being as flexible as possible, you may be able to reduce your moving costs.
Be as Organized as Possible
When two people from their own separate homes pack their belongings to move to a shared home, it's all the more important to be organized. Create a color coding system to mark which boxes are coming from your home versus which are coming from your partner's home, as well as the room they will unpacked in (i.e. kitchen, living room, bathroom, master bedroom). This will make the unpacking process a lot less overwhelming. If you give yourself enough time, you can also briefly note the contents of each box so that you can decide which boxes you want to unpack first when you arrive at your new home.
If budget permits, you can hire a company to pack and unpack your items for you. All Jersey Moving & Storage offers this service, along with short and long distance moving, piano moving, last minute moving and short and long-term containerized storage. Contact us today to help you and your partner sail through your move as a team.