Moving During the Pandemic: How to Reduce the Stress?

The Covid 19 pandemic really shook the foundations of our normal lives. Just about every aspect of our lives changed. However, one thing that didn’t change is that life goes on. We may be mostly home-bound and restricted in our activities, but there are certain things that we can’t put off or stop doing.

Working is one such example. We may have adapted to the new reality, but many of us still do our jobs every day. And the same goes for moving to a new house or apartment. Yes, there will be some changes to adapt to the new reality, but we will still do it.

We asked experienced moving experts at Move Central to tell us how best to approach moving in the time of the pandemic. Here is a concise summary of what they recommended.

Do Not Change Your Routine

First of all, if you are planning to move, that doesn’t mean that you should stop doing what you are normally doing to protect yourself. If you have been isolating from most people, by all means, continue doing so. After all, your safety should come first.

Maintaining a balance between staying at home all day with the whole family, working, attending classes, preparing meals, cleaning the home, and finding time for leisure is a herculean task. If you’ve managed to find that balance in the past year, don’t let moving disrupt you.

Instead, take a brief moment each day to pack a few things that you don’t need for a few weeks ahead of the move. This way, you will still manage to pack everything, be more organized, and not put additional stress on yourself or your family.

Choose the Movers Carefully

Finding good movers is one of the most important things you will do during the move, bar finding the perfect new home to move into. This ensures that they will be responsible, careful and patient with your things and requests.

This factor is even more important now that everything is different and we cannot exactly do things the way we used to. Letting movers into your home means that you will no longer be able to socially distance yourself and that your safety and the safety of the movers depends on everyone wearing masks and adhering to all CDC recommendations.

When choosing your company, make sure to ask questions about how they have adapted to the new situation and whether they are following the safety recommendations. If they try to play down the importance of the measures, you should consider changing the moving company.

Get the Whole Family Involved in Packing and Moving

When the moving day comes, you can have the children and your pets away so that they wouldn’t be in the way and so that they are protected from potential exposure to Covid-19. You or your spouse could take them to your new home ahead of time or you could have them stay at a friend or relative’s place until everything is done and done.

However, while the packing process is still an ongoing process, you should have everyone pack their own things. That way, they can organize their boxes in a way that suits everyone the most. More importantly, this will reduce the stress of the move that comes which comes with having to plan, organize and pack everything, on top of everything else that needs to be managed around the house.

Even though moving during the pandemic is less than ideal, the alternative is to wait until the pandemic is over. The problem with that approach is that we just don’t know how long the problem will last. Therefore, if you have an opportunity which you would rather not miss, go for it – but remember to keep yourself and your family safe.