How to reduce the stress of your move

Along with a bereavement or planning a wedding, relocation is regularly listed as one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Recent research suggests that people generally find moving to a new house to be more stressful than even a divorce.

So, it’s only natural to seek out a dependable, experienced moving service – after all, having the right moving partner can certainly take the stress out of the move. A reliable moving company can handle all the logistics, help with the packing and oversee the overall move for you. They (literally) do all the heavy lifting!

Whether you are using a professional moving company or undertaking it yourself, you may be feeling anxious about the move. Here are some great tips to help your move go smoothly and to keep you feeling calm and happy.

Time Management

With the demands of work and family, it’s easy to get distracted and leave everything to the last minute. Procrastination and putting off the preparation for the move is the worst thing you can do, and it will certainly increase your stress level. It’s time to improve your time management skills: write a plan of what you need to do over the coming weeks and months. Get organized! Make check-lists and keep track of your progress.


Are you overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that you have around the house? Perhaps it’s time to de-clutter. Getting rid of the clutter in your life will help you feel more organized and will ensure that you are only packing and moving the essentials. Go through your wardrobe and donate clothes that you don’t wear to charity. Books can be donated to book cycle schemes or school libraries. And do you really need all that paperwork/CD/DVD collection now that we’re in the digital age? Digitize and donate!

Look after yourself

With everything that is going on, you may be neglecting your own health – both physically and mentally. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Eat well and cut down on the alcohol. Exercise and see your friends. All of these steps will help you to feel your best. And at your best, you can cope with any challenge!

Have a plan – and be prepared to change it.

We’ve already talked about the importance of being organised and having a plan. However, it’s also important to be flexible and prepared for that plan to change. Even the best plans can encounter unexpected problems and delays. It’s good to have a backup plan and to be flexible with dates so that you’re prepared should any problem present itself.

Ask for help

Most of the people in your life has been through a move themselves. They understand what you’re going through and they will be happy to help you. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call friends or family. Many hands make light work and they may well cheer up the experience.


Even after your move date, it’s normal to feel anxious and uprooted. It will take a while to settle into your new place, and there will still be a lot to do. You may still be unpacking boxes, redecorating and building flatpack furniture for weeks. Take a moment to appreciate what you have achieved – you’ve already done the hard part! Don’t feel like everything has to be done immediately. Prioritise jobs that need to be done and take your time doing them. Spend some time exploring your new neighbourhood and enjoying all that it has to offer. It will take time to develop the feeling of roots in a new community, but rest assured that you will soon make friends and feel at home.

Allied Pickfords Malaysia would like to help you plan your move. You can download a Moving Checklist here:


So when you’re ready to make the move to Malaysia, come to Allied Pickfords and we’ll get your belongings there safely, on time and at an affordable price.


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