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Moving is one of the most stressful things a family can do together. Therefore, it is important to take the rights steps to keeping your stress level low, so you can start redirecting your attention on more important things in your life like your family, career, and friends.

Here are 5 stress-free tips to help ease your moving and packing experience.

Get an early start

Ironically, this cannot be stressed enough. Once you entertain the idea of moving, it’s time to start the process. Go ahead and research about moving companies, gather boxes and other packing materials, and ask friends for any advice they may have regarding previous moves. Also, consider what not to pack early.


The less you have to move, the happier your moving day will be. Sort through your belongings and look for things that can be sold, donated, or thrown away. Did you ever go surfing again after buying that board? No? Post a free ad on Craigslist and some lucky surfer will surely take it out of your hands in no time. Also, consider donating unworn clothes or unwanted furniture to a nearby thrift store. Some places will even buy back your stuff. Now, that’s a win-win!

Pack up what you’re not using

If it’s summer, you can pack up your winter sweaters, jackets, skiing gear, and toboggans. Sort through your winter holiday items and see if there is anything that you didn’t use last year. If so, you might want to dispose of it. Since your energy is likely to be taken with the excitement and business of moving, go ahead and stow away any recreational items that you won’t use until you’ve moved.

Talk to the kids

Moving can be stressful on the younger set, so start talking to them about why the family needs to move. Involve them in the process and help to ease their transition to a new home, school, friends, and life. Let them have a say in the decision when choosing a house. When the kids feel a part of the process, it will make it less stressful on them – and this will make things less stressful on you.

Create a checklist

When you organize your thoughts and create a list of all the things you need to do in order to move, you can expedite the process very easily. Keep the list in a central location, such as the fridge, or even on a tablet computer, so that it is easy for all to see. For older kids, work with them to create their own list that includes ways they can help out the family as a whole.

There’s no need to be frazzled on moving day. When you plan in advance and take steps to streamline your moving process, everything should go smoothly. Keep these tips in mind and contact Priority Moving for your local and long-distance moving, packing, and storage services!