What is the most stressful thing in your life? Is it having children, divorce or loss of a loved one? We came across this article that polled Americans, and the result was, moving was the most stressful event in their lives.
Aimee Ness with the Aimee Ness Realty Group can help you cope and even reduce the stress of moving. We have systems in place to help keep your move on track and keep your stress levels low.
Why Does Moving Cause So Much Anxiety
Moving to a different home can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. Feeling anxiety or stress are natural feelings to have. After all, moving to a new home is a HUGE transition in your life. Not only are you changing up your home routine, but you may be changing a job, school, or even living somewhere completely new. Most people are most comfortable without changes in their lives, but moving stirs everything up, until you can establish a new routine.
How To Cope With Moving Stress & Anxiety
The most important thing to keep in mind is, you do not have to figure out every detail of your move in one day. There are a lot of moving parts to a move. You need to pack, reserve a truck or hire a moving company, change utilities, clean, work or go to school, have a plan for meals, unpack, grocery shopping and so on. Also, if you are moving kids, or a senior, or out of state this brings more factors into the move.
Make a list to get organized. Start with your move date and think of the things you need to complete before that day. Add some deadlines to keep you on track. Setting deadlines and goals will help keep you from becoming overwhelmed.
In most situations you do not have to pack up your house in one day. Do a little at a time. Pack up things you do not use often first. Break it down into manageable parts. You can pack one room at a time and label the boxes with the room the items need to go to at the new house. As you are packing, declutter and separate objects to be donated or thrown out. Then you will have less to move.
Enlist help! You are not alone. Call on friends and family to give you a hand in packing, cleaning, and the actual moving. You can also hire a cleaning company if you need to deep clean a home. Several local cleaning companies are available and willing to help you with this. Moving companies are also here to help you. Let the professionals help you out to move all the heavy objects and drive the trucks. Remember, the Aimee Ness Realty Group is here to guide you, we won’t let anything fall through the cracks.
Start researching your new home. If you are moving to a completely new place do some research before you leave. With so much technology available, you can get a game plan together before you get to your new home. Start by locating grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, restaurants and entertainment. When you get there, it will be so much less stressful to know where the places you need are located. And finding some fun new restaurants, shops, parks or libraries will give you and your loved ones something exciting to look forward to.
Moving With Kids
Moving kids can be extremely hard. Kids may have a difficult time understanding a move, leaving friends and family. Kids have emotional attachments to their rooms and the house. Understand and be patient with them, and know how much of a change this will be.
Get the kids involved in the move. Enlist their help in packing their things. Let them see the new house, if possible. Let them take some control over their new space. Maybe they can pick their bedroom, or paint color.
Take them to explore their new town. Show them parks and even their new school if this will be changing. If you are moving to the Lafayette area you can learn about the Lafayette Schools and Tippecanoe County Schools in advance.
Pack a special box or suitcase for each child. Be sure to have favorite toys, change of clothes and the items that make them most comfortable in the special box. Keep this box with you in your vehicle, so your child has access to it and it won’t get lost during the move.
Moving A Senior
BE PATIENT. Moving a senior family member can be extremely emotional. Perhaps they are moving to a smaller home, or with a relative, or into assisted living. Whatever the reason, it is emotional for all involved. A senior may have lived in their home for several years and have accumulated a lot of stuff, but also a lot of memories.
Break it down. Set aside a specific amount of time daily or on weekends. Start with one room at a time and with items that are not used often. Create a system for storage of items to be kept, given to family, sold or donated. Oftentimes local charity organizations will pick up items for you. If several items are going to be sold, you can hire a local estate sale company to pick up and sell the items so you don’t have to.
Be aware of how much space will be available in their new home. Having a plan in mind will help lower the stress and anxiety involved. If you have measurements of the new space you can determine what furniture will fit, and what storage will be available. This will help with downsizing efforts to know what will be able to be kept in the new home.
Moving is stressful. However, if you step back and break it down, you can manage this stress. Just remember, you are not alone, and the Aimee Ness Realty Group has your back.
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