A house move can be one of the most stressful events that you will encounter. Packing up, moving, and then unpacking again can be an emotionally as well as physically draining event for the entire family. Even the family pet can be upset by the stress that comes with a move to a new neighborhood.
So lets look at a few ways to make your moving experience a little easier so we can reduce some of the stress factors that you might otherwise encounter.
Plan to pre-plan. Planning each detail of your move always helps to insure that things will run a smoother course. Unfortunately it isn't always possible to plan out everything or to work around unexpected events that always seem to pop up when you least expect them. Good news is that there are quite a few ways to prepare in advance and this can help to avoid the bulk of those unexpected surprises.
Also factor in time to relax, rest, and play during this major life event. Moving to a new home can be hectic so taking time to relax and regroup throughout the process is vital. These small respites will help to reduce some of the stress that just naturally comes along with a relocation.
Get to Know Your New Neighborhood Before You Move
Visit and become familiar with your new community before the move. Tour a few of the local stores, churches, clubs, and other facilities within your new neighborhood well in advance of the move so you and your family will feel more comfortable joining into the different areas of your community once you arrive there.
Pre-book children into their new school and arrange to have them introduced to their new teacher, classmates, and school before the actual relocation occurs.
Walk Fido or Fifi through your new neighborhood before your move. You never know who you will meet on your walk and it may give you the opportunity for an open discussion with someone you encounter in your new community.
Take Care of the Little Details Well in Advance
Make a list of things that must be done. Check the list once and then check it again as many times as is needed. Double and triple check that things are getting done. It is called crossing the T's and dotting the i's and this process can help to insure that as little as possible will go wrong.
Pre-book your moving company or if you are conducting the move yourself insure that you have an ample amount of vehicles arranged and sufficient able bodied individuals to conduct the move comfortably.
Arrange for the disconnection and connection of utilities well in advance. Insure an adequate supply of boxes are available and pack as much as possible as soon as possible. Your physical energy will be stretched to the max on moving day and for a few days or weeks before and after the move. Try to minimize that last minute workload as much as possible.
Insure that the home you are moving into will be clean previous to your arrival. There is nothing worse than discovering that not only do you have to move and clean your old residence, but when you least expect it you discover that you must also clean the new residence before you can begin unpacking your belongings into it.
Space Out Your Pre-Move Workload
With so much additional work involved in transferring yourself and your belongings into a new home it is very important to reduce the stress and workload of your basic everyday household chores. This will allow extra energy for packing and all of those other important little tasks that come along with a move.
During the last days in your old home and for the first meals in your new home arrange to dine out or to eat out of a picnic basket using pre-purchased paper plates and napkins.
This can not only decrease the workload of washing dishes pots and pans during this already busy period but it will also increase the fun factor of your move.
Reduce the Risk of Stress Before During and After Your Move
Family time outs are great on a regular day but during periods of high stress they are a phenomenal pick me up that can quickly get everyone back in high spirits. Take rest breaks of an hour or two during packing to just stop and play.
Go for a family walk, out to a movie, or just sit in a group and have a relaxing cup of hot chocolate. These breaks can rejuvenate and de-stress the entire family. They are a very important part of moving and one that should not be neglected.
Try to keep on hand foods that can be eaten from the packages, or healthy snack type foods, that can easily be passed to hungry children or thrown into their lunch bag. Keep pet treats handy as this is always reassuring to those members of the family who may not quite understand exactly what is taking place at this time.
Remember to take time to relax, rest, and play during this major move in your life. It may help you to reduce a lot of the stress that might otherwise be making your move more difficult than it should be.
Cardboard Moving Boxes are Generally the Standard for Packing
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