Avoiding Interstate Moving Stress

June 15, 2018

You have a new opportunity in a new place, but with it comes with the overwhelming stress of having to move across state lines. Moving interstate is a unique challenge, because more likely than not, taking multiple trips over a couple weeks’ time is not a good option. Moving interstate is moving in one fell swoop. To make the transition as easy as possible, follow Olympia’s tips for your interstate move.

 1. Declutter

Trimming down your stuff will save you space, money, and will make unpacking much easier. This will take some stress off of being in a new place. If you haven’t used something recently, you most likely won’t be using it in the near future, so scrap it. Have a yard sale to get a few extra bucks for books, movies, games, and furniture you no longer need. If it doesn’t sell, donate it. Getting rid of a few things each day or week will make a huge difference once you need to both pack and unpack. For more, check out our spring cleaning tips.

2. Get to Know Your New Location

Visit for a weekend if it’s not too far away, or ask your friends and family if they have any recommendations for best places to eat, get drinks, or get coffee. Once you arrive, the last thing you’re going to want to do is a cook, and if you aren’t able to make coffee because the filters are lost in the “kitchen” box, the neighborhood cafe is going to be your unpacking day (or week) lifesaver.

 3. The Essentials

Figure out what you’ll need right away when you get there – bring enough of the essentials with you so that you can go a week or so without fully unpacking from the move. While you’re waiting for the truck or if you simply don’t have time, you’ll be glad when you can grab your outfit out of the suitcase you packed rather than sorting through all the boxes stacked in the living room. Need help with this? Here is What to Pack in Your Moving First Night Box 

4. Meticulously Label Your Boxes

Write a detailed inventory of what is in each box. This will help you pack more quickly, get rid of more clutter, and make move in a breeze. When you’re packing, having a list of items on each box will help you pack your house in an organized manner. Instead of having multiple vaguely named “kitchen” boxes, you’ll have one box for pots and pans, one for utensils, and one for linens. This method will also make you aware of just how much stuff you have. When you realize the sheer volume of unused items, you will more readily give up duplicates than if you just dumped drawers into boxes. Lastly, unpacking, as well as living in a partially unpacked house, will be much more manageable. You will be able to easily prioritize the unpack, and you can find the specific items you need more quickly if they haven’t been unpacked yet. Here are more tips on How to Label Moving Boxes.

5. Take Advantage of the Traveling

If you’re driving by a natural landmark, city or beach you’ve always wanted to visit, go! You’re already there, so why not break up the trip with a little fun. If you’re flying, maybe break up the travel with a stop midway. Tour a new place and spend a night in a hotel. This will split up the monotony and overwhelming nature of the move. Moving to a new place can be hard, but adding in some fun will start the transition with some new memories and put the move in a positive light right out of the gate.

Now that you’re a little more relaxed, it’s time to start budgeting for your interstate move. Check out this post on How to calculate your interstate moving costs from Olympia Moving and Storage. Be sure to check out their other posts for more tips on how to pull off a successful move, as well as how to take care of yourself mentally and physically before, during, and after the move.

To book your interstate move, give Olympia Moving & Storage a call at 800.222.4744 or fill out their form for a free moving estimate.

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