Moving house is a mentally and physically taxing experience. There’s no doubt about that. You’re dealing not only with the mental effects of preparing yourself to move to a whole new life in a whole new life (even if it isn’t very far away) but also the physical demand of having to pack up everything you own and move it without damage. This is certainly a more stressful experience than simply packing a few of your belongings for a 2-week vacation. If you’re struggling to stay afloat during this experience then the following pointers might just help you to transform your house move from taxing to relaxing.
Even if your move is still a few weeks or months away, you should start packing now. Yes, you still need to use the essentials in your day-to-day life but you can start to gradually pick the big things so that there’s less work for you in the final days leading up to your big move. It might take longer to pack than you think, so it’s better to start now. Plus, you might find that you don’t want to keep everything you own once you start to rummage through your possessions. This could be a chance to throw a yard sale and get rid of unwanted items; make money and reduce the number of things you need to pack. It’s a win-win solution.
Prepare a moving plan.
Do not leave this to the last minute. Make a plan for ‘moving day’ way ahead of the actual day. You might want to check out reverse-auction websites such as Shiply to find a good deal on a high-quality moving company. It’ll save you a lot of money if companies are competing to undercut one another rather than you having to chase the best deal out there. It all depends on your situation, of course. Perhaps you have friends who are willing to help you with the move and you’re able to find everything in your vehicles; this might be the case if you’ve sold or thrown out a lot of your old possessions and you’re planning on buying new ones. At the end of the day, just make sure you have a solid moving plan and you don’t realize on the day that there isn’t room to pack up everything in one go (you don’t want to make repeat trips).
Get to know your new area.
If you’re only moving down the street then you can ignore this point but the majority of people travel a reasonable distance from their current hometown when they pack up and move house. You’re dealing with not only a new home but a new neighborhood. That might seem scary on the surface but you can make the transition from your old home to your new home much smoother if you visit your new area before moving so that you can get to know the place. You could introduce yourself to the new neighbors and let them know when you’ll be moving so as to feel more comfortable on moving day because you’ll already “know” your community, in a sense.
You should also take the time to say goodbye to your old home, of course. Not just the bricks and mortar but the friends and neighbors who’ve been part of your life for a few years or perhaps even decades. You could throw one last party or simply go out for a drink. Whatever the case, you should make the effort to say goodbye to people and perhaps even arrange the next time you can all meet up so that they know you can all still see each and catch up on occasion.