Manage the Stress of Moving

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With a few tweaks, moving doesn’t have to be stressful.

  1. Start earlier than you think you need to. If you have the luxury of knowing about a move well in advance, double the time you think you’ll need to get everything done. I don’t know why, but it seems like your stuff multiplies in volume once you start packing.
  2. Leave a little “sanctuary” area in your house or apartment that doesn’t get packed until the last minute. I am a meditator and did not realize how much the cues of my chair and my inspirational books facilitate my regular practice. Once my chair was gone and my books were packed up, I simply stopped meditating. This was not good for my stress level.

  3. Similar to tip two, leave out a few things you use for self-care activities. I like to do watercolor painting and of course, all my painting supplies are packed.

  4. Make time for regular exercise. We still belong to our local gym, but have we gone? No. We’re too busy and tired from packing. My husband has been faithful about running on the treadmill in the basement, but aside from walking my dogs, I’ve let exercise go by the wayside.

  5. Expect to be crabby. Moving is stressful. You’re going to be cranky at times. Don’t make things worse by beating yourself up because you’re not in a good mood all the time. On the other hand, don’t take your bad mood out on other people.

  6. Accept help. I should have read this: 7 Effective Ways to Ask for Help (and Get It).

  7. Make a list of all the fun things you’re going to do in your new city. This will keep you motivated during the hard work. And don’t lose the list!

  8. Keep all important documents in a special place. Again, don’t forget where this special place is.

  9. Leave time for goodbyes. Suddenly people I see only every six months want to get together. It’s so nice that they’re thinking of me, but now I feel like I don’t have enough time, let alone the emotional energy, to be with all these people. Just as with tip #1, I should’ve started this part much sooner.

  10. Practice self-compassion. Realize that this is a hard time. You’re going through a lot of emotional and existential changes. Know that you’re doing the best you can. Know that you’re not alone. People have moved plenty of times and gone through the same feelings as you. Be kind to yourself.


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Cheapest Time to Move

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Moving can be stressful and  expensive especially if you leave everything to the very last minute. You may think that the best way to save money is to do all the moving related things on your own like getting a truck and asking a few friends to help you pack and load your belongings and although that may represent a lower cost the  truth is that it may also represent more stress.

Being well informed and planning ahead is definitely the best way to get the full value of a professional moving company for less. Why would you do everything on your own when you can get the experts to do it? Exactly!

Knowing when the best time to move is can have a very positive impact in your wallet.

Check out some of the most recent statistics for 2016 regarding the moving industry.

Best Time of the Year

Summer is one of the busiest time of year for the moving industry. This means that due to the high demand May to September will be the months to avoid in order to save some money. Based on that the best time of the year to move and get the best value is the winter ( anytime between January -April or  October-December).

Best time of the month

Moving and Real Estate are related industries. Most people choose to move right after their monthly lease is done so this means that the best time of the month to get the best value is right in the middle.

Best day of the week

The busiest days of the week are Friday, Saturday and Monday so the best days to book your move would be Wednesday through Thursday.

There you have it planning and being well informed is key to have the best value for less!


5 Tips to Choose your Mover

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5 Tips to Choose your Mover

If you are moving soon and you don’t know where to start. This is for you ! Find below 5 simple steps to help you choose the right mover for you!

  • Research

Find the best movers near you!

Before you take advantage of any professional moving service you need to know who those moving companies are. Here are some tips so you can find the best match for you:
Go online: Make the best use of technology ! You don’t need to leave the house in order to find the moving company that will best suit you!
Some sites like  inquire on what your moving needs are so they can find the best option for you.

  •  Get recommendations!

Word of mouth is the original social media platform. So why not take the time to ask your friends, co- workers, neighbors on what their experience has been with any given moving company.

  • Make sure your mover is legitimate!

Once you know what your options are make sure the mover is registered with the federal government!

You can go to : and search by company name.

Check out the moving company in the American Moving & Storage Association


The AMSA has a program called “Promover”. A company that is certified as a promover:

  • Is licensed and insured
  • Complies with  Federal Regulations
  • Maintains Acceptable BBB Ratings
  • Is Vetted and Certified by AMSA
  • Abides by Ethical Business Practices
  • Check for reviews!

Here are some sites that will allow you to gain some perspective on other people’s experience:

  • Compare!

Get estimates from different companies but make sure to develop your list of priorities so you don’t compromise quality for price.



The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tale of Life on the Road – Finn Murphy

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A long-haul mover’s rollicking account of life out on the Big Slab. THE LONG HAUL, IN STORES NOW. More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.

Non-Allowable Items

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Non-allowable item is the term used in the industry referring to the items that professional moving companies will not transport.

It is important to know  what these items are  in case you are doing the packing. Knowing what you can’t bring will also save you valuable time!

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Moving with Pets

Moving with Pets

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Moving represents change for you and every member of your family. You will have a new home, new neighborhood, new friends and while all that is exciting it can also be overwhelming.

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