To move or not to move?
So many things come into play with moving.
Are you moving because you wish to? Maybe a transfer or other work opportunity. Depending on who you are, maybe your kids have grown up, have their own families and you wish to be closer or downsize. Hopefully you are making this decision on your own and have not had your employment been deemed redundant.
There are any number of reasons why a move may be in your future. Bottom line is, you are about to pack up and be on your way to a new place, around the corner, across country or even a new country.
If you have moved before, you have an idea of what is involved but for those who have not, it can be a huge and overwhelming time, especially for those who have lived in a particular place for many years. Experts have said it is one of the most stressful times for anyone.
Fear not. You will come out the other end and find a lot of your apprehensions were imagined. Just take a deep breath, get a pen & pad of paper and write down what you can think of. Seeing it rather than imaging it are two so very different things. When you can read it you will also not have to remember what it was you thought you should do and forgot about.
After finding your new home, just look at your check list and do what needs doing as in contacting the electric, gas, water, cable TV, and Internet companies, anyone whose services you use and depend on so that as soon as you move in, your services are there waiting for you. Waiting a few days for the mover to bring your possessions is not as big a deal as not having things you depend on daily. And in some cases perhaps you have taken this opportunity to sell some of your older things so the new purchases can be delivered then.
The most important thing is to keep an eye on that check list all along the way. First pack up the “ good” stuff like dishes, glasses, keepsakes etc that you will not need until after the move.
Gradually move onto things hidden away in closets. Do you need it? Amazing what you can find that you have kept, put away and forget you even have. Maybe this is a good time to have a garage sale or advertize these items. Why pay to move things you no longer need?
Eat up things in the pantry that are there to use one day.
If children are involved get them registered into their new schools so there is no delay in their education or move when the kids are on school holiday.
If you have pets, they feel your anxiety, know something is happening but trusting you to take care of them. Depending on whether your cat or dog can suffer from changes, decide if boarding them for a few days would make them happier. Cats especially have been known to hide and cannot be found when you are about to lock the door and get of your way.
Having moved several times across countries I really understand the process.
Bottom line, enjoy the process. You will be so happy in the long run having the opportunity to embrace how people in different places live. You will not regret it though occasionally it will have challenges for you if your favorite store, TV show, products that seem unfamiliar and depending on where you may move to, perhaps learn a new language. It is all good.
Most important, take a time out every once in awhile, enjoy a yummy treat and latte, cuppa tea or wine!
Embrace and Enjoy it!