Moving is stressful. You have to organize your belongings and relocate them to a completely different home and city. This process requires diligent, mentally consuming consideration.
In the midst of all this packing and planning, it’s easy to lose track of how exciting your new life in a new place will be. Without this grounding perspective, you start to experience an overwhelming sense of stress about the move.
Follow our tips to prevent moving stress before it begins.
1. Use Your Relocation as an Opportunity to Declutter and Purge
We all have stuff we don’t need. That reality becomes abundantly clear when we pack to relocate. As we sort through what we really need, we recognize that we really don’t need to bring three boxes of our grandmother’s 1950s salt and pepper shakers across the country.
Sort your personal belongings into four piles that make clear what you’re going to keep, what you’re going to sell, what you’re going to donate, and what you’re going to throw out. Look at this organization process as a chance to get rid of everything you don’t need and to let go of excess material attachments. Remember to keep information about what you donate in order to receive a tax deduction.
2. Don’t Hesitate to Delegate Specific Tasks to Members of Your Family
Often, the most stressed person in the house is the person who has taken on too much. Relocations require too many details for one person to manage. Save yourself from being overworked and underappreciated by delegating specific aspects of the move to your spouse and your children.
For example, you can put your children in charge of organizing, sorting, and packing all recreation equipment. They will feel empowered by the ability to decide which toys and sporting goods they get to keep. They will also feel less stressed when they have to pack these items because, unlike clothes and other household items, recreational equipment doesn’t need to be folded neatly.
3. Take Care of Your Emotional Needs and Tap Into Your Support Network
Moving from one place to another evokes a strong emotional response. Often, people need to grieve the perceived loss of their old home, friends, and community.
Instead of avoiding this temporarily upsetting emotional experience, try to stay aware of your emotions and communicate them. Talk to your friends and your family members about what you’re experiencing, and ask them to express their feelings about the move as well. Try to stay open to feedback about how the move is going and how your family members feel about the move.
It’s especially important to listen to your children during this process. For a child, moving means losing friends and community attachments. This sense of loss could feel especially intense if you’re closed off and disinterested in what your children have to say about the relocation.
4. Hire a Concierge from a National Moving Company
It can be very stressful to plan and execute the logistics of your relocation. These sentiments are especially true if you already have a full plate with work and family life occupying the bulk of your time.
Take moving logistics and the stress it causes off your plat—hire a moving company that offers concierge services. A relocation concierge will arrange your move and organize, pack, and label your belongings. They will schedule professional cleaning for your home and shut off your utilities. If you have specific needs for your relocation, such as storage, these professionals will handle them for you.
To learn more about relocation-focused concierge services, contact Midway Moving today. Based in Chicago, IL, we organize cross-country and international relocations.