Moving in itself can be a very demanding thing. The laundry list of tasks to do seemingly goes on and on. It’s like you’re putting your life on pause, disassembling the components that make it function, and then plugging it all back into a new system that may or may not be compatible.
Not only must you pack up your entire home, you are obligated to cut ties with every little organization you’ve ever been affiliated with. Be it your church body, your gym, your chiropractor, or your children’s school, everything must be deconstructed and then reformed in an entirely new environment.
Have you changed your address? Have you filed all of the necessary paperwork? How can you be sure that everything that needs to be done has been done before moving long distance? How are you going to survive once all your stuff is in boxes and on its way to timbuktu?
If you’re getting a little worked up at the idea of what you’ve yet to do, here are 3 ways you can make your long distance move less stressful:
Pass the Cup
Who says the responsibility to get everything done has to be put on you? You might think that you’re obligated to DIY everything in regards to the move, but is that logical or even practical? You can’t carry out day to day responsibilities and pack up your entire life. Get somebody else to do it for you.
Enlist friends and family members to help you pack. Efficiency is key in making moving less stressful. Be sure to pick the right people to help you move. If your movers of choice aren’t well organized and educated in what they’re doing, they’ll be more of a hinderance than a help.
If you have a lot of big ticket items that you think will cost you a lot of money, time, and resources to transfer over long distances, consider having an estate sale to liquidate items like furniture and cars. If you’re moving to a city with public transport, there’s no point in paying to fairy your car across oceans. The same goes for furniture. Could you buy a sofa or a bed for the time, effort, and resources spent to cart it over to your new residence?
Consider starting over in these aspects and you’ll feel your stress melt away. That is if you get on selling your items in advance.
Visit Destination Prior to Move
It’s only natural to visit a destination you’re going to be living before you move there, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Moves for school or work can be fast. There may not be an option to nail down details before. If there is any way to get around that fact, do it. You’ll feel more at peace when you know where you’re going and are a bit more acclimated to your surroundings.