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Did you know that a recent study found that 61% of people stated that moving from one home to another was more stressful than going through a divorce, separation, or new job?  At Elite Moving, we know it doesn’t have to be this way.  You might not think that moving, especially the “unpacking” portion, could be enjoyable, but with a little planning and strategy, it can be!

Make a plan before you begin moving.

Color coding boxes can help ensure things land in the rooms they’re supposed to be in. For example, the kitchen might have red markers or red stickers, while the master bedroom might have blue.  Additionally, you could take the time to draw out a floor plan of your new place ahead of time to help you or your movers know where to place your furniture.  Not having a general sense of these things at the time of the move can cause added stress.

Pack an overnight bag.

We can’t stress this one enough.  When it comes to a long day of moving and you’re exhausted as you settle into your new place, the last thing you want to do is hunt through boxes to find your toothbrush or pajamas.  Instead, pack an overnight back with all your essentials so you can rest in your first night in your new home and wake up refreshed as you take on the task of unpacking the next day.

If you have kids, make unpacking a game.

If your children are old enough to unpack, you could make it a race to see who can unpack one of their boxes fastest without breaking anything.  If they’re too young to help, you could find things to entertain them with, including popping bubble wrap as you unpack the kitchen.

Play music that brings joy to the whole family.

Make a playlist of some of your favorite upbeat songs that will have the whole family singing and dancing as they unpack. You could play it from your phone or via a Bluetooth speaker until you get your electronics properly set up.  To really make it special, you could even incorporate music that has been scientifically proven to make you happier.

Don’t forget to reward yourself (and the rest of the family).

Build checkpoints (like once every five or ten boxes) for snack and drink breaks. Determine checkpoints (like after completing a single room) where you’ll want to take longer breaks to rest and recharge. Set a pace that works for you and your schedule while avoiding procrastination. It’s easy to say, “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but doing that too many times can leave you feeling frustrated that you’re not yet settled into your new home.