Moving made easier: how to navigate a house move without all the stress

Written by Mehran Charania, Director of Ready Steady Store

For 61% of people, moving house is life’s number-one most stressful event, ranking even higher than starting a new job, going through divorce or holidaying with the in-laws, according to the Royal Mail Home Mover’s Report. It’s unsurprising really, given that the relocation process evokes a whole whirlwind of emotions, alongside any logistical challenges, with regular routines disrupted.


Moving stress

The stress of moving doesn’t just stem from the physical act of packing boxes and hauling furniture around. It’s a multi-faceted ordeal. There’s the emotional toll of saying goodbye to a familiar place filled with memories, the logistical nightmare of coordinating movers, changing addresses and transferring utilities, and the unpredictable nature of the property chain, which leaves many stranded in limbo, perhaps stuck in a rental surrounded by stuff.

With average wait times of 150 days between a house sale and moving out, according to Rightmove, it’s not uncommon for new homeowners to have to wait before moving into their future property, often leaving them with nowhere to live once they have sold their own home. The current economic climate is only adding to the uncertainty, making it difficult to predict when things will happen, serving as an additional, significant source of stress – particularly for families with children or pets.

Strategies for a stress-free move

Thankfully, whilst the challenges of moving remain undeniable, there are proactive steps you can take to mitigate stress and streamline the process.


  1. Plan ahead

It may sound simple, but planning ahead really does make a world of difference, especially when creating a timeline as early on as possible. Break things down into smaller, manageable tasks, such as packing away the things you don’t regularly use from one drawer or cupboard – or contacting one company about your change of address – per day, rather than attempting to tackle each and every belonging in one go. The effort will soon add up over time, allowing you to still get on with your usual life, whether it’s going to yoga class or planning a weekend away.


  1. Declutter before you pack

If there’s a long wait ahead before your move, take this as an opportunity to declutter your belongings. Before you start packing, sift through your items and decide what to keep, donate and discard. A clutter-free home is much easier to pack – and you’ll feel much more excited about moving into your new house if you can start without a mess.

In a rush? Then it’s probably best to leave the decluttering for later, storing your belongings as they are to be sorted out, box by box, once you are settled.


  1. Consider self storage

For those of you put off by the idea of having heaps of boxes laying around as you unpack, self storage can be a great idea. It will minimise the amount of visual clutter in your new house, allowing you to achieve a peaceful state of mind as you gradually approach tasks. Of course, renting a self storage unit is also great for those with a delay between selling their house and moving into a new home, too, as it means there are fewer belongings to haul around in the meantime, also reducing the need for unnecessary space in interim rentals.


  1. Ask for help

Asking for help can be difficult, but it’s important to lean on friends, family or even professional movers when going through such a significant stage in life. Whether it’s lifting heavy furniture or watching the kids while you pack, you’re not going to be able to manage it all by yourself and having support can make the process smoother and much less overwhelming.


  1. Stay organised

Using colour-coded labels, maintaining an inventory list and keeping important documents in a designated folder are small actions but they make a mighty difference. Staying organised throughout your move will help you keep track of your belongings and minimise the chances of anything getting lost, furthermore ensuring you always have the most important documents and paperwork at hand.


Embrace the change

Moving house doesn’t have to be an anxiety-inducing experience. With careful planning, thoughtful organisation and a dash of creativity, you can turn this major life transition into what it’s meant to be: exciting.

Rather than viewing moving as a daunting task to be endured, consider it a chance to declutter, reevaluate priorities and become your best self, designing a future living space that reflects your current lifestyle and relying on self storage to reduce any pressure. By taking control of the process and using key tools like checklists, embracing flexibility and implementing these stress-management tactics, you can transform your move from a stressful ordeal into a rewarding journey towards a new future.

About the author

Mehran Charania, Director of Ready Steady Store

Established in 2005, Ready Steady Store is one of the fastest growing self storage providers with cost effective storage units located in the Midlands, and South, North and East of England.