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Moving Tips: Packing and moving with arthritis

Arthritis can make moving difficult.

Arthritis can make moving difficult.

Having arthritis can be difficult when dealing with simple day-to-day tasks,making it even more important to take some extra steps to move comfortably.

It is a good idea to not do more than you can. When packing, make sure items are small or at least light to carry. This can help you get your items organized and ready for the moving company without putting as much pressure on your joints.

Exercising before undertaking a large-scale move can be important. Doing this is important for any arthritis sufferer, regardless of whether or not they are moving to a new home. Whether it is calisthenics, swimming, running or just walking, loosening up can help out tremendously. Speak with your doctor about ways that you can be active.

Starting early can be a great way to get ready for the move without hurting yourself. Start packing your items weeks in advance. Spending a little bit of time each day to take care of the packing process will actually make everything much easier than racing to get it done with a few days left. You may be surprised at how easily you can accomplish so much.

Be judicious in regards to what you need to keep and throw away. Don't keep items that you never use, as it could just be more work for you.

If you feel overwhelmed, don't be afraid to ask for help. Having family members, friends and neighbors help you out with the process can be a big boost, and will make you feel better about the situation, overall. Don't feel as if you need to do it all on your own, as you can hurt yourself just by being stubborn. When it comes to large items, such as furniture, you may just be better off by having others take care of this for you.

Keep in mind that the place you are moving to may have obstacles, and you will need to take note of these before moving in. Having help carrying items up flights of stairs, as well into cramped quarters may help your quest to get everything in safely. Moving in isn't worth getting hurt over, so taking your time to get everything set up is best.