Moving house is difficult enough when you are doing it with your partner, but when you have young children as well, it becomes altogether much worse. In fact, in a survey of 2000 adults in the UK, moving house was cited by 61% of respondents as being the most stressful thing in their life. Remarkably, a relationship falling apart, divorce, and starting a new job came second at 42%. However, it is one of those things in life that you sometimes just have to do. If your family is growing and you need a bigger place to keep them all, you really have no choice. Once your children move out though, you may want to start looking for a smaller, more manageable place. Whatever the reason, it is stressful and dealing with that stress is something that a lot of people are not good at. It is so difficult because there is nowhere you can go when you want to give up and go home. Everything is in boxes and taking it out will just slow down the entire process. When you arrive at your new place, you might think that the hard work is over, but it is only just beginning. You now have to unpack everything, and quickly too if you want your children to have somewhere to sleep and something to eat out of. That is why you need to be prepared. Here are a few tips on how to take the stress out of moving house:
- Take time off work. This is a good idea for a few different reasons. The roads will not be as busy during the week and the rates that you pay the movers that you hire will probably be cheaper. Not only that, if you try to do it all over the weekend after having worked all week, you will be tired and more prone to stress. There is then the issue of having to go back to work the next week without a break. No one wants to do that.
- Get someone to watch your kids. Not only will the process be faster and simpler without them, there is a risk that they might get hurt. The heavy boxes and general disorder can create all sorts of threats. They are dangerous enough to adults, let alone children.
- If you do not want to unpack all of your stuff right away, why not consider putting some of it in storage? It will be safe there and it saves you doing all the work right away.
- A great tip is to keep all of your important documents in one particular box and keep it with you. If they get lost, they may be difficult to replace. You should also pack a moving day survival kit of things that you will need as soon as you get to your new place. This means that you won’t get stressed out riffling through everything to find the essentials.
A lateral solution to the problem is to purge some of your stuff you do not have to move it. This may sound glib and reductionist, but it is a massive cultural trend in Japan.
Let me know your tips for moving house!