Moving into a New Home Tips
Check out our moving into a new house or apartment checklist to help you organize fast and relax.
Life Changes When We Move
Moving can be, and in most cases is, a big step for most of us. It is a change in the environment around us and often a big step in our life. Since the day we decide that we are moving, until the last box is unloaded in our new house, the thought about moving to a new house never leaves us. There are many aspects involved in the relocation process and many of us do not even realize that until the day of the move. A move takes up time and money, along with worries about the relocation itself and about the new place. You have to find a reliable moving company, to get a few quotes, to set up the desired dates for moving and more. Moving cross-country can be even more distressing because the moving cost is higher and it requires much more organization so prepare for your moving well.
The Day After The Move
After all the effort the move required and all the money spent, the day after the move may seem like a breeze. Yes, but not quite. In most cases, at delivery day you will not be able to unpack much because you will be quite overwhelmed, especially if it is after a long distance move. Thus, the day after the move will be specifically dedicated to unpacking and rearranging all of your belongings. Many times though some of us will need to get away of all those boxes and plastic wrapping. So, it is a good idea when you wake up in the morning to have a cup of coffee and take a walk in the new neighborhood. Walk your dog, talk to some locals about what is around and places to check out. Also, if you have kids take them to the city park and let them play. You can as well choose to run some of your first errands or just go find out where is the closest bank, post office, grocery store and pharmacy. Do not just Google those. Get familiar with the new town by walking the streets. Do some of these before start unpacking and organizing your new home.
Another thing you should do is see your moving checklist (if you have one). If you did a state to state move, you should change your ID within your current state and you’ll have to visit the local Registry of Motor Vehicles. You should switch banks if your old bank is not present in your new state. Make sure you migrate all the necessary services with new ones nearby.
Overwhelmed or Overexcited After The Move
You can choose whether to be one or the other. After a moving to a new place either state could be quite unsettling. There are some strategies to prevent these states and as mentioned above, you should start by getting away from chaos at your new home after the move. Our brain is used to order and habitual actions, thus when we move we disturb all that order and we can easily feel overwhelmed. Therefore, to keep your sanity and save some neurons, you should try to maintain your schedule as much as possible no matter how excited you are. The day after the move is when we realize that we have to change even more than we thought, so being able to stay calm and organized is necessary. Think about how all the hard work is done and this is a relief day.
If you have any moving questions or want to suggest tactics about the day after the move let us know in comments!
Posted on Sep 30, 2011; Last updated: Apr 18, 2012