In my experience, moving home is not a fun thing to do. I do enjoy settling in and decorating somewhere new, but it’s the actual moving part that’s stressful. It’s harder to do with the kids too, since I need to keep them happy while everything is happening. If you move home a lot, you can get used to it, but it won’t become any more enjoyable. It’s often an enormous hassle that most people don’t want to deal with. If you want to make it easier to deal with, I have some excellent tips to make it less stressful.
Look for Furnished, Flexible Leases
Some families move a lot more than others. If one of you is in the military or has another career that requires you to move around, you can’t settle in a permanent home. You should look for housing that aims to make it easy for people who might only be there for the short-term. For example, lots of military accommodation options provide fully-furnished apartments with flexible lease terms. You can stay as long as want, and everything is ready as soon as you open the front door. Many of these types of living arrangements also have excellent communities, which is great when you move a lot. You’ll be able to make friends more quickly, and with people who are in the same boat as you.
Start Planning Early
Just like a lot of things in life, planning is essential when you move home. Being super organized will come in handy, so don’t leave anything until the last minute. As soon as you know you’re going to move, start making plans for doing so. You might have to do everything from finding a new rental home to buying cardboard boxes. Start looking at quotes for removal companies to help you work out the cost. You can create a list of all the tasks you need to do, and even itemize all your possessions to ensure everything makes it to the new house.
Keep Money Under Control
One of the reasons moving is so stressful is the cost of it. Whether you own or rent your home, each time you move, it can cost you a lot of money. So it’s essential to try and stay on top of your spending. You should set a budget to make sure you don’t spend too much on moving. Always remember to compare prices for different options too. For example, it may be better to hire a truck to drive yourself, or to buy second-hand moving boxes.
Give the Kids Something to Do
I love my children dearly, but sometimes I need them to occupy themselves so that I can get on with something else. Little ones can get under your feet when you’re trying to move, or even find the process upsetting. Make it easier for both you and them by giving them a task. You could ask them to tick boxes off a list as they go into the truck or pack up their room, for example.
Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare. Make it easier on yourself by using some of my tips.