Making a move can be one of the most stressful times for all parties involved. This doesn’t mean approaching that special someone from across the bar, but rather packing up and moving home. In Australia alone, a third of 20 to 29-year-olds tend to move home every 12 months, a lot of migration by anyone’s measurement, akin to that of a Canadian goose flying south for the summer. But seriously, packing up and moving home is a stressful time as it requires a lot of arrangements to be made, valuables to be packed up and transported, and saying goodbye to people and places to which you have become accustomed, but it need not be as difficult as you can potentially make it.
Here are some ways to help make packing up and moving home a lot easier.
EMPLOY SOME HELP
Unless you are one of the minimalist crowd, like most people you probably have too much stuff and will be planning on taking almost all of it with you when you move home. While most of this can be done by yourself or with family, it is rather laborious, and larger items such as the couch or beds will require a little help from a local moving company (visit website), many of which use very large trucks and employ professional handlers trained in not damaging expensive things; unless you really want them sticking out of the back of the family hatchback while the kids develop spinal issues.
EMBRACE MODERN TECHNOLOGY
Love it or loathe it, technology can be useful and advancements in mobile phone technologies are revolutionising almost every aspect of our lives. But some of the best phone and smart home tech can be extremely useful when moving. GPS alone is an excellent example and improvements mean that you won’t end up driving off a cliff any more while smart trackers can be used by applying tabs to boxes which can then connect to your phone via an app so you know which is where and in what container, because writing on the side with a magic marker is too much work.
ALLOCATE ENOUGH TIME
As with any important task or project, time management is essential to the planning and smooth transition of one location to another. Depending on the size of your property and family, the move could take anywhere between a couple of hours to essentially all day and into the night, so you might want to schedule accordingly. If possible, book the day before and the day after the move off of work so you can ensure you have enough time to cater to anything that might take longer than planned and settle into your home following a move. The last thing you want to worry about is the TPS reports while you’re slipping a disc manoeuvring a family heirloom through a door frame that’s way too small.
Joking aside, moving can be very stressful, next to the death of a loved one and going through a divorce. It’s not the act of moving itself that causes stress but the many small and large changes to your life that will occur, which is why it is essential that you try to eliminate as much of this stress as possible by getting help, organising the move well and making sure that you have enough time to actually move and then embrace the changes to your life.