Staying calm on a day as stressful as moving day is no easy feat. However, there are plenty of ways to maintain your sanity throughout the course of this hectic day--above all, by being prepared and planning in advance. Check out these helpful tips to keep your cool during your relocation.
Get a good night's sleep
Moving day is exhausting. Attempting to push through the experience on several hours of uneven sleep will leave you feeling agitated and edgy. While you may be a little wired the night before and have difficulty falling asleep, receiving a full eight hours will ensure you are rested and in good spirits on the big day.
Eat a healthy breakfast
In addition to receiving adequate slumber, a nutritious breakfast is important for your mental stability, physical strength, and emotional well-being. No matter how busy you are, a cup off coffee isn't a satisfactory way to start your day. Protein and healthy carbs, like whole toast or oatmeal, are especially important for strength and energy.
Get a babysitter
Moving is stressful enough as it is--throw a couple rambunctious kids into it and it becomes chaos. Your children's play could interfere with the movers' work, they could be hurt, and their incessant demands will only add to your frustrations. To ease your mind, minimize your headaches, and keep your kids safely out of the way, secure a babysitter for moving day.
Keep pets out of the way
Just like your children, nosy pets can be in the most inconvenient places while movers are hauling heavy furniture and boxes out of your home. Your pet may curiously poke his nose where it doesn't belong, cower in a corner frightened, or even dart out the open door while movers are traipsing in and out. For his safety and your peace of mind, keep your furry friend confined to a safe room or leave him with a trusted loved one.
Make sure everything is packed and ready to go
Moving day morning is not the best time for last minute packing. To ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible, every item in your home should be packed and ready no later than the day before it's time to leave. Procrastination has no place in a move--unless you want it to be the worst day of your life.
Communicate with the movers
If you have any special requests during the move, it's imperative to properly communicate your needs to your movers. Do you have anything extremely fragile or valuable? Let them know. Any antiques, artwork, or items that require special attention? Inform them prior to the big day so they arrive prepared. The more you disclose to your movers, especially in advance, the smoother your move will be--and the calmer you will be as a result.
Prepare for the car trip
Have a long journey ahead of you to your new home? Road trips can be particularly and nail-bitingly stressful--especially with kids in the car. You're in the final stretch now, so make it through your car trip like every other part of your move--by properly preparing. Pack easy-to-eat meals, toys to entertain your kids, and your first-night essentials in your vehicle.