Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Coping with the Stress of Moving

Moving can be and is often very stressful indeed! However, with the right perspective and good preparation, you can simplify the whole process; that would ensure a stress-free move. Once you learn how to cope with the stress, moving can be fun and exciting new experience.

Get rid of all trash

This is the best time for you to get rid of all the useless things that will never ever serve you in any way. Such a definitive action will relieve you of the stress of moving a considerable mass of trash; you will have a lot less to move.

While you go through this exercise, put all the junk in four piles: ‘donate’, ‘sell’, ‘keep’ and ‘toss’. You can sell some of these items online, and donate less valuable ones to the needy or local thrift stores.

Draw a clear plan

It is very important to have a clear plan of what you are going to pack, or not. This will ensure an easier packing and unpacking, and will give you a sense of great relief when you have finally moved into your new residence.

Begin by collecting moving boxes a few weeks before the big move, so that you have enough containers to pack all your belongings. You can request supply of boxes from local retailers. Label every box according to the category of things and the rooms they belong to. You can use color or number as well to mark the boxes.

Make a task list

There is a lot more to moving than just packing and unpacking. You will have to attend to many things before moving out. For example, you should turn off utilities like electricity, water, gas and telephone in your old house, and close the accounts in order to get refunds, if any. Similarly, you have to turn on all those services in your new residence. Make a task list of all such things. Any service that involves early dates or payments should be on the top of the list.

Ensure that your task list has the right ‘move-out’ and ‘move-in’ dates. You might have to pay double the rent or utility bills for a few days or weeks. However, with the help of the list, you may try to save on payments and thereby reduce stress.

Assign tasks to others

Give specific tasks to every member of the family. While some can clean and clear things, others can help pack. It’s important that you don’t do everything by yourself. Taking help relieves you of stress.

Take care of emotional needs

Even if there are positive reasons for your move, feelings of anxiety and sadness may assail a member of your family. Do not discount the emotional issues related to moving; you may, if required, seek help from a professional counselor to ensure that the move is done with perfect emotional health.

If seeking the services of a counselor seems out of the way, you can share your thoughts with a close friend or family member and ask for opinions.

Hiring a reputed professional mover, above all, goes a long way in reducing your stress.