Here are some tips on creating a stress free moving experience:
1. Get rid of all your excess stuff! This is the most important and effective technique to have a lighter move, no matter how far you are moving. In the months (or year) before moving start purging of as many things as you can. We tend to accumulate a lot of stuff and the more you can get rid of the better. If you think of only the essentials you "need," it's amazing how much you can par down. Do you really still need your baseball glove from 6th grade? No. Detach and move on. You won't even remember you had it once you get rid of it. I am constantly purging and my goal is to never own more then a mini van full of stuff at all times. This kind of minimalism helps me stay sane in many ways.
2. Borrow or rent a truck. This may be obvious but I didn't really think about it that seriously (since I don't own a lot) until a few weeks before the move. It will make your move much easier and more efficient, especially since trucks can hold big things like furniture. Cars will work also but it may take a few trips back and forth.
3. Ask for help. Many hands makes things a lot easier. I had a few friends help me, so the loading and unloading took only 1 hour. We were done before noon and had the rest of the day to go do whatever we wanted. Boom.
Interestingly, when I told people that I was going to move at the end of this month, many people said to "oh good luck with that, moving is so stressful." Moving doesn't have to be stressful. What makes it stressful is all the stuff we own. Just get rid of it, donate it, sell it, gift it...however you want to do it, just let it go and move through the world a little lighter.
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