They say that getting married, beginning a new job or dealing with divorce are some of the most stressful situations that you can encounter in life. Those who have experienced moving home will suggest that the whole process of selling one house, buying another and moving all of your household goods from one location to another is even more stressful.
As this is a task that you might only go through two or three times during your lifetime, you’re not usually prepared for such a life changing situation and you can easily become overwhelmed and on edge during the whole process.
Fortunately, with just a little preparation, relocation can become a much easier task than you expected.
The sooner you can get organised with each individual stage of the moving process, then the sooner you will feel in charge of the ever-changing situation, even allowing for some unanticipated complications on the way.
Once you have written down your entire plan and broken it into bite-size chunks, you will need to keep it handy either in a notebook, or on a tablet computer so you can find individual lists and appointment information and the telephone numbers and addresses of all the people and companies involved. Keep a zip lock plastic pocket at hand for collecting together receipts and other paperwork.
You will have to choose between packing and moving yourself or part packing yourself and having a professional company move for you for choosing them to complete the whole task. You can help yourself and your removers, by labelling all boxes with their selected room name for your new home and brief details of the contents of the box. Get friends and family to help you when you unpack at the other end.
Managing your priorities
Prioritise the list of jobs to be completed and place them in date order. This will help you become efficient, making sure certain tasks are completed by agreed dates. This will also give you the flexibility to move some activities to a later date, or a time when you are less busy.
It is essential to manage your emotional needs. You may need to say goodbye to places and people before you leave. Give yourself enough time so that you don’t rush through these tasks.
Encourage your children to talk about the move and to share their anxieties with you so that you can explain that their feelings are quite normal, which will help them through the whole moving process. Don’t forget to look after yourself at the same time.
The days around the move will be extremely hectic. You may not sleep enough and you might forget to eat. With your planning lists in hand, you should make arrangements to keep everyone busy, yet fed and watered all through the whole process.
Discussing the move with your family will help you plan for your arrival in a new home. Don’t expect to unpack everything in less than a day; it might take a few weeks. Don’t focus on the chaos; look at the positives and create new routines to reduce your stress.