If you’re moving while working remotely, it can be a stressful time. However, with a little planning and preparation, you can make sure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.
Consider a moving and packing company
Moving and packing companies can help you pack and move. If you don’t feel like doing it all yourself, or if your schedule is too busy to spend a few days packing up your apartment, consider hiring a moving company instead. They will come into your home and pack everything up for you—from large items like furniture to small pieces of decorative decor. The movers may also handle the loading and unloading of the truck, but if not, they can recommend companies that specialize in those services as well.
Accordingly, moving companies offer storage options as well—either self-storage or full-service storage facilities where they take care of all aspects of storing your belongings until it’s time for them to be shipped again (or gifted). This can be especially helpful if you’re waiting on an old house being sold before moving into a new one; if this happens during winter months when there are very few houses available, it may take longer than expected before the sale goes through; this means having somewhere safe (and dry) where everything doesn’t go mouldy while waiting is essential.
Packing strategically is the key to making sure your move goes smoothly. By packing items that you will need first on top of the box and sealing them with packing tape, you can ensure that they don’t get buried in a sea of boxes. Additionally, labelling each box with its contents will make it easier for movers to get everything where it needs to go and will save time when unpacking.
Finally, using a moving checklist can help keep track of what’s in each box as well as prevent any items from being mistakenly packed away.
Aim to declutter
When you’re moving into a new house, it’s tempting to simply box up everything and bring it with you. However, that isn’t always necessary or wise. When deciding what items to keep and which ones to leave behind, remember that you’ll have much more space in your new house than you did in the last one—so there’s no need to pack up things from your old place unless they are truly essential for living there (such as furniture). Make sure everything comes in a place where it belongs before making any decisions about what goes where; this will save time later on when unpacking at your new home.
To minimize distractions, turn off notifications and don’t check social media. This is especially important if you have a tendency to get sucked into an internet vortex when you’re trying to work. Don’t do anything that will distract you from your work; don’t worry about the housework or packing, it can wait until later.
Don’t work on moving days
In the same way that you will want to avoid working on moving days, you should also avoid working on the day before or after your move. When moving is underway, all energy needs to be devoted to the task at hand. As with keeping an office space clean, there are two reasons why this is important:
- Being too tired makes it hard to complete any task efficiently and effectively—the worst possible outcome during a move.
- Your body’s ability to recover from physical exertion is reduced when it lacks sleep (or rest).
See your new home as a blank slate
A new home is a blank slate. You can personalize your space using your creativity. For instance, if you’re moving from a small apartment in the city to a big house in the suburbs, there’s no reason why your new home has to look like every other home in your neighbourhood. You’re not going out of style by being yourself and having different tastes than everyone else. If you’re moving into your partner’s place or renting out an entire house together with other people, try to think about how everyone’s style might fit together best. Is there something that everyone likes? Something they all dislike? A theme?
It might be fun for all involved if each person gets their own room (or even just one side of a duplex). It gives them space where they can express themselves freely without having any worry about making someone else mad or uncomfortable by doing so.
Moving can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. By taking the right steps and using the tips above, you can make it easier on yourself—and still keep your productivity high.
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