We live in an uncertain time. With new updates about the COVID-19 pandemic sprouting up daily, it can be difficult to stay up to date on everything going on. Plus, mask mandates and social distancing guidelines can make it seem impossible to go about our daily lives and make the changes we need to achieve the lives we want. 

Whether you’re moving because you have to or because you want to get one step closer to the dream life you’ve been craving, you don’t have to wait until the pandemic passes. These three moving tips will help you protect your health as you make this major change in your life.

Follow Social Distancing Guidelines

The most important tip to follow while moving during COVID-19 is to continue practicing social distancing guidelines as much as you can. Social distancing is the most efficient way to stop the spread of the virus, so take it seriously. Be sure to wear a mask, stay six feet away from those you don’t live with, and prepare. 

Are you going to hire a moving company? Are loved ones going to help you move? Are you going to move alone? Think about how you are going to ensure adequate space between you and your movers or loved ones. Consider creating a clean-up station next to your front door where everyone can use hand sanitizer, put on gloves, and wipe down anything that needs to be sanitized at the last minute. 

Consider Using a Do-It-Yourself Moving Option

If you decide the best route for you is to move alone, there are plenty of options that will make it easier for you. One of these options is to use a moving container, which allows you to be in full control of your move. You are the only person who would have access to the moving container, you pack everything up yourself, and you would have the only key. 

These containers also offer the safety of being wind-, water-, and rodent-proof, so you don’t have to worry about COVID-19 or your belongings being damaged in the process. All you have to do is pack up your stuff, let the moving container company know you’re ready for them to pick it up, and let them know when you want it delivered to your new place.

Another option for moving on your own is to rent a moving truck and drive it yourself. Like with a moving container, you would be in full control of your belongings and won’t have to worry about contamination along the way. However, this route would require a quicker turnaround in order for you to get the most affordable option available. 

Prepare for a Deep Clean

Regardless of the method in which you choose to move, you’re going to need to disinfect all your belongings, both as you pack and once you move in. Invest in some disinfectant wipes, spray, and new cardboard boxes to ensure the cleanest move possible. According to the CDC, here are a few tips on which disinfectant to use for COVID-19, as well as how you can best use them. 

Because the virus can live on certain surfaces for hours, it’s important to purchase new boxes to pack your belongings in or use boxes you have had stored in your home. While it can be cost-effective to use donated boxes, it’s best to be safe and use your own. 

Moving during COVID-19 is difficult, but it’s not impossible. With these three moving tips, you don’t have to compromise your health to move. Don’t hold yourself back from achieving the life you want!