Moving across state, or even overseas is an exciting experience that many of us face at some point in our lives. Of course, this sort of long-distance move can be very stressful as well, especially if you don’t follow the suggestions in my post below.
Iron out the details before you leave
Long-distance moves involved a great deal of upheaval and work for the whole family. That is why such moves must be done in an organized and responsible way.
To that end, there are a few things that you must have sorted well before moving day. The first is that you have permission to live in your new location., something that an immigration lawyer can help you with if you are looking to go overseas. Also, having a home to go to is a must, so whether you are renting or buying be sure to have something lined up, or at least some temporary accommodation while you look.
Maximize space in the moving van/ shipping containers
Whether it’s a van for a cross country move, or a shipping container for an overseas move, getting your possessions from your current residence to your new one can be expensive! Indeed, the larger van or container that you need, the more you will have to pay for.
With that in mind, using up every available inch in the right way is vital for a long-distance move. Happily, several methods can help you do this.
First of all, unless you are really good at games like Tetris there will be spaces in the van once you have all of your furniture items installed. The great thing is that you can feel these with softer things like textiles, clothes, and blankets. All you need to do is fill up bin liners with fabric items and then squeeze these into the space. The bonus is that they will help to protect everything as it’s being moved too – acting as extra packing.
Next, you must be choosy about what you pick to take and what you get rid of or leave behind. Indeed, there are several things to consider here such as:
- Whether the item is 100% necessary to your daily life?
- Whether the item will make the journey safely – is it delicate or very old and likely to be damaged?
- Whether you can more easily get a replacement for the item once you have arrived?
Allow time to acclimate
I’m not just talking about getting used to the change in weather in your new location either. After all, moving home is one of the most stressful things a family can do. Moving out of state or abroad is even more stressful because you will be a long way away from the support network you have created, and the things that you find familiar.
What this means is you need to give yourself and your kids some time to get used to their new situation and adapt. Yes, indeed, they might not be 100% happy at first, they are likely to miss their old friends, old school, and old room. However, some negative emotions are par for the course with such a big move, and it’s much healthier to work through them as a family and offer support when it’s needed than to not expect them at all.