Is moving stressful? It needn't be.
The key to taking the stress out of moving is clever planning and organisation. A good sense of humour doesn’t go astray either! Here are a few tips.
- Firstly, decide you’re going to handle it calmly. Expect problems. That way, if they arise, you’re prepared. If they don’t, it’s a bonus.
- Prepare a list of all those who need to be notified of your move before you move. Prepare all possible paperwork and have emails ready to go. Notifying every person and organisation we’ve ever had contact with is made all the more difficult while tripping over unpacked boxes and being unable to find a pen.
- Enlist the help of family and friends pre-move. Create a fun ‘working bee’ atmosphere for maximum attendance, and fully understand the power of the word, delegation. Use bribery if need be.
- Inform the removalist beforehand if there are flights of stairs to be negotiated, or if you happen to own a grand piano. Contesting a bigger-than-expected bill with a big, burly removalist might unravel your calm demeanour.
- Draw up a furniture layout plan of your new home. Why lug heavy items around yourself when those same burly removalists can put them in the right spot in the first place? The same goes for boxes. Labelling them according to which room they go in doesn’t work. Direct the removalists; they’re too busy to read.
- Did you use a tape measure? Will the lounge suite get around that tight corner – or will it be relegated to the nature strip while you sit on a box and ponder your loss?
- Think ahead to the first night in your new home. The two most important things are ready beds to flop into and food. Do not, repeat, do not attempt to cook. A local restaurant will do an equally good, if not better, job!
- Make full use of labels and textas. Easily identifiable boxes will help you quickly find, amidst the myriad of cartons gracing your new home, your child’s precious stuffed toy, which, of course, they can’t sleep without.
View the experience as opening the door to an exciting new chapter in your life. Laugh a little or, better still, a lot. While others might think you’ve totally lost the plot, we know that laughter reduces stress, releases all those happy feel-good endorphins, and helps you stay sane.