U.Santini guide to stress free moving
Moving is a stressful event. According to the the third most stressful life event, Employee Relocation Council it is the third most stressful event following death and divorce.
Moving disrupts your life and normal routine, it generates feelings of uncertainty as you enter new environments, new jobs, new schools and new social circles. The following suggestions may help make the move less stressful – and save you from needing a bottle of aspirin on the big day.
Prior to the move
- Be prepared – Advance planning and organization will make your move go better and more smoothly . Prepare a “Moving kit” that holds all of the important information and documents related to your move in one, easily accessible location. Use a folder, notebook, a daily planner, or an online document set to to keep track of important phone numbers and documents. The folder can include names, addresses and menus of restaurants in your new neighborhood, referrals for new physicians, maps of your new city/town and phone numbers of property management companies, garages etc. just to name a few items that you might want to include in this folder.
• Make lists – Make a schedule of appointments to turn on and off your electricity, gas, water, cable and other fundamentals for your home. Visit your local post office etc. Research your new community and locate the emergency services, restaurants, museums, movie theaters etc.
• Label as much as possible – Label each box with its contents and the name of the corresponding room in your new place. Write directly on the box or prepare labels with the information and attach the labels to each box.
• Let them know – Fill out the United States Postal Service change of address form six to eight weeks prior to your move to make sure you receive your mail when you relocate. The form can be found at www.usps.com/moversguide/welcome.htm. And make sure you let the IRS know, too. A change of address form (Form No. 8822) is available on their Web site (www.irs.gov).
On move-in day
• Find ways to occupy your children – Have toys, games and coloring books other readily available to fill the children’s time while the movers are bringing items into the home. It might be wise to employ a baby sitter on both ends. A responsible baby sitter will keep your children occupied and stress free during this very long day. You will be calmer knowing that your children are calma nd occupied.
• Take care of your pets – If you have a pet, put he/she in an isolated room with food, water and bedding. Post a note reminding everybody to keep the door shut. Check up on the pet from time to time. If you keep tropical fish you will need to make some arrangements ahead of the move day for their safe transport.
• When you get home – Unpacking can be stressful and chaotic. Try to be as organized as possible while unpacking. Always unpack the most essential things first. Such as, paper towels, trash bags, light bulbs etc. The easiest way to recognize these boxes is to mark them with a bright colored sticker or a special notation that makes them stand out from the rest. Unpack the bathroom and bedrooms first, and then move on to the kitchen and other living spaces. Keep a trash bag in every room, so packing materials can be discarded as you go.
• Food and beverages – it is going to be hard for you to cook while unpacking. Order in from one of the restaurants you located before hand.
• Unclutter – Most times, people find that they did not throw enough of their old belonging before the move. If you feel that some of your belonging are not suitable for you new place, than throw them and start your new life clutter and stress free.
• Get to know your neighbors – Time , effort and courage will help you integrate yourself into your new community.
• Remember…it’s a gradual process, but your patience will be rewarded in the long run. Go for a drive, walk or bicycle ride to learn your way around and meet your new neighbors and see your new town.
• Join in – Look for clubs that match your interests. Running, reading, sewing…there are unlimited possibilities of organizations that can help you meet people in your new community. Check the local library or grocery store bulletin boards for notices of meetings. Don’t forget that children’s sports leagues, churches, and other parts of your life in your old community will still be available in your new one.
• Keep smiling – Make sure you have “me time” everyday. Take a moment for yourself to figure out what you need to feel better during this emotional time. And, try not to sweat the small stuff. Remember that it is OK to miss the way things were, but take time to appreciate the new things in your life. Staying positive and keeping an optimistic attitude will help you adjust to your new home more quickly.