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      Moving, at any time of the year, is not a fun experience. And if you needed any convincing of this fact, according to the Employee Relocation Council, moving is the third most stressful event in life, following death and divorce. So just imagine what moving during the cold of winter will be like.

      Now that we’ve got your attention, it’s time to take a few deep breaths and realize that, although you may not want to move (or perhaps you do), the fact that you are moving is a given, so you should make the most of it and minimize the stress as much as possible.

      Following are 5 ways to make your winter move as easy and stress-free as possible:

      1. Hire a professional moving company. It may cost a little more but it will save you lots of angst when you deal with reputable movers. They will also be able to give you tips to help you with the preparation for the move.

      2. And talking of preparation, as is the case in so many other aspects of our lives, preparation is also the key to a successful move - especially in winter. It may take a little more time to do things properly, however it will save you a lot more time during the move. For example, if you number boxes and keep a list on your tablet, you can tell the movers exactly which room in which to place the box, thereby saving time and hassle.

      3. Use Keter clarity boxes instead of cardboard boxes. They are reusable, sturdy, protect the contents from the harsh winter elements, and enable you to see the contents without opening them, saving you precious time and aggravation.

      4. Keep your floors covered so that you don’t have to clean them afterward. Use old sheets or even large pieces of cardboard to protect the flooring as well as keeping it free of mud and slush. It only takes a few minutes to lay the covering down, but the last thing you want to do following your big day is to pull out the bucket and sponge and start cleaning.

      5. Keep the heat on. Sure times are tight but you don’t move every day and you don’t move every day in winter. Pay that little extra to keep your utilities on at both your old and new destinations. Remember, a warm person is a happy person.

       

       

       

       

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