Moving Self-Care Tips: 15 Ways To Stay Sane While Moving

Need some moving self-care tips? We’ve all been there! Although moving is a very exciting and life-changing event, the process of a move can also be extremely stressful. Often, we do not realize how much planning and work are required for a move until we are actually going through the motions of one.

Moving can bring up intense emotions, which can take a toll on you both mentally and physically. Luckily, there are a few ways to practice self-care during the moving process. Here are 15 simple moving self-care tips to help you stay healthy and stress-free.

  1. Figure out the logistics first

Just thinking about everything you’ll need to accomplish to pull off a successful move might send you into a tailspin, but we suggest that you start by thinking about whether you are going to hire a moving company or rent a truck. Do you think you need professional help or can you swing a DIY move?

If you’re using movers, visit our moving company directory to find reliable and reputable movers. Renting a truck, instead? We can help there, too! Check out our guide to the best truck rental companies to find one. Either way, we recommend getting quotes from at least three different companies eight weeks in advance. The sooner you accomplish this, the sooner you can move on and hire them.

  1. Create a moving checklist

Nothing says moving self-care tips like a checklist! By creating one for your move, you can more easily manage all the tasks that you’ll need to accomplish before the big day arrives. 

To get started, use our moving checklist or create your own. However you decide to approach it, it’s better to have some sort of a list to guide you through the process. As new tasks come, add them to the list. Staying organized will reduce the anxiety of moving. 

  1. Start small

Feeling like you don’t know where to begin can be overwhelming. Start with the little things concerning your move, like setting up a few boxes or packing a drawer or two. You’ll quickly notice that these little tasks add up in a big way.

Believing that you must pack your whole bedroom in one day can leave you feeling paralyzed. Manage your stress by making progress on your terms and timeline. If you focus on getting everything done piece by piece, it will make the moving process feel more approachable.

  1. Begin packing early

Allow yourself more time to pack than you think you’ll need. The amount of time it takes depends on how many belongings you have. But most people don’t realize just how long it takes to properly pack everything. 

We recommend that you order all of the moving supplies at least six weeks before the move and start packing four weeks in advance. Put on some tunes, tackle one room at a time, and treat yourself to a takeout once you call it a day. For more instruction on packing room by room, take a look at our 94 hacks for faster, easier, and less stressful moves or our detailed guide on how to pack for a move.

  1. Declutter and organize ahead of time

Getting started with the moving process can seem like a daunting task, but don’t procrastinate. Taking the time to go through your belongings can make the move easier for your future self. 

Using techniques like the KonMari Method™ can be helpful when decluttering clothes, books, and paper. Starting ahead of time and sticking to a routine means that your moving day will be less overwhelming.  Get a head start on decluttering at least five weeks before the moving day. Here are some of our tips on how to begin decluttering and organizing:

  • Go through your belongings room by room. Closets, cabinets, drawers – survey all of your belongings and note which items can go. Whether you make a list on your phone, write down what you’re keeping versus what you’re tossing or donating, or take pictures of the items you no longer want to keep, documenting goes a long way. Most importantly, think about what furniture isn’t worth moving.
  • Do a closet purge. Account for all of your closets and pull out anything that is damaged, is out of style, or doesn’t fit anymore, and consider parting ways with said item(s).
  • Hold a garage sale. If you have the time and the energy, consider hosting a garage sale. Let people know with signs, flyers, and social media posts. Put out all the good stuff you no longer need, and set fair prices. If you make an attractive display of your wares, provide refreshments, and be open to haggling, you might be surprised by how well you do.
  • Sell what you can. If a garage sale doesn’t work for your schedule, consider selling your gently used clothing, electronics, furniture, and other household items through ThreadUp, Poshmark, Facebook Marketplace, or your local consignment or second-hand store. 
  • Make donation pickup arrangements. Donating any large items, like furniture and rugs? Schedule a pickup with a reputable organization ahead of time. See this list of charities that will pick up your donation. And keep any donation receipts, as you may be eligible to claim this donation the next time you file your taxes.
  • Consider short-term storage. For those who can’t commit to getting rid of some items yet, put them in a short-term storage unit and then evaluate them later.
  • Hire a junk removal company. If you’re drowning in stuff, consider enlisting help from a professional junk removal company. They can clean your garage, basement, or attic, and haul away unwanted heavy items, including a mattress or a couch. They’ll also remove debris if necessary and even donate your items to local charities.
  1. Don’t start your day in a hurry

Instead of going straight to work, take some time for yourself. You can start your day off by making yourself breakfast, drinking some coffee, going for a walk, or even visiting the gym. Taking the time to enjoy the start of your day will help you better manage your stress throughout the afternoon. 

  1. Prepare your food ahead of time

    Have you ever been so wrapped up in a task that you forget to eat? It can happen both during the process of packing and on moving day itself, especially if you didn’t plan ahead. While eating fast food is an easy option, it may not be the best option for you personally. 

    Consider having your groceries delivered ahead of time, so you don’t have to take the time to go to the store when you’re at your busiest. You could also stock up on non-perishable foods and easy snacks, like nuts, jerky, and granola bars — foods that you can also easily take with you to your new home. Eating well can be tricky during the moving process, but sticking to healthy, fulfilling options can help your mind and body feel their best.

  2. Drink plenty of water

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Water helps our bodies do many things, such as regulating body temperature, keeping joints lubricated, and delivering nutrients to cells. While staying hydrated is important every day, it’s especially important while exerting yourself so much physically and mentally during a move.

    If it helps, treat yourself to a new stainless steel water bottle that will encourage you to stay hydrated. It will also keep your water cold when you don’t have access to refrigeration — whether you’re busy packing or on the road with your moving truck.

  3. Take a break from your to-do list

    Moving is hectic, and you may think that you have so much to do that taking a break is impossible. But breaks can help with efficiency and give you the reset you need to get through long days of organizing and packing. Moving can be mentally demanding, and it can be physically demanding as well. 

    When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take our moving self-care tips to heart, and don’t be afraid to take a break from your to-do list. If you enjoy beauty and wellness, indulge in your skincare routine — eye or face masks included — after a hard day of packing. Is nature your safe haven? Plan your driving route for the move through a state park. Are you a foodie? Look up a few popular restaurant spots that are on the way or at your final destination. 

    1. Take a digital detox

    A digital detox is always a good idea, but it’s especially helpful if you’re feeling stressed during your move. Don’t be afraid to give yourself permission to reduce the time you spend on digital platforms. It will calm your mind and limit the constant noise of the outside world. Plus, Facebook and Instagram will be there when you return. 

    If you want to, try to do some yoga or meditate, instead. You could also spend some screen-free time with friends, read a book, or cook a meal for yourself. Time away from your device will increase your productivity, reduce your stress, and boost your attention span — all serious perks when you have a busy move ahead of you. 

    1. Go outside

    Spending time outside can be incredibly recharging and soothing. Minimize stress and replenish your energy by going outside, even if it’s just for a walk around the block. You’ll be moving your body, calming your mind, and getting some fresh air at the same time. 

    Nature can center us in ways nothing else can. If you live close to a park, consider taking a break from packing boxes to enjoy some fresh air. You can also invite some friends along for a picnic to relax and tune out the stress of your move.

    1. Get some sleep

    There are only so many hours in the day to get everything done before you move. At a certain point, you’ll need to wind down and get some rest. Why? Because it’s even more vital to get sufficient rest during this stressful time.

    Even if you think you can pack just one more box, set a hard stop time and stick to it. This way you can give yourself enough time to relax and more importantly, sleep. If you set yourself up for success, you’ll be able to tackle any challenges that might come your way.

    1.  Ask for (and accept) help

    If you enlist your family and friends to help you out with the moving process, it might alleviate some stress. Whether it’s helping you decide what to donate or making calls to find the right mover, it’s always helpful to get a few extra tasks off your plate.

    So, don’t be afraid to ask for (and accept) help. This is especially important if you are moving with kids or pets and have extra stressors that might make moving day a bit more complicated.

    1. Bring in the professionals

    Perhaps, one of the more obvious suggestions on our list would be to hire a professional full-service moving company. With professionals, you take a lot of pressure off of yourself by having moving experts do the heavy lifting for you.

    A reputable and reliable mover can move your entire home in a matter of hours or days, depending on the distance. Another option is to hire a moving labor company that just loads and unloads the moving truck at the departure point and final destination. 

    1. Accept your stress for what it is

    Alleviating moving stress starts with acceptance. If you accept that you will experience at least some stress along the way, you won’t be as likely to set yourself back. Stress is a natural human response to demanding circumstances, but it isn’t the end of the world. There’s even such a thing as “good stress!”

    Life can be stressful, and moving is no exception. Accept the experience for what it is, and make sure you’re taking care of yourself during the process. And when it’s all over, consider treating yourself to a relaxing massage or a nice evening out. You’ve worked hard and earned it!

    Did our moving self-care tips help?

    Now, it’s time to get down to business! To get the best deal on your next move, it is important to get at least three quotes from various reputable moving companies. To find a dependable moving company, check out’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, giving you the peace of mind to know that your move will be in good hands.


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