Camelot Moving and Storage located in Santa Clarita, CA offers local and long-distance moves, commercial relocations, and local storage

Reduce Moving Stress!

moving without stressCamelot Moving and Storage has helped individuals, families, and companies move their most valued possessions for nearly a quarter century. Though relocating is no sweat for us, we understand it is a stressful event for most people. To help those embarking on this exciting yet demanding journey, we have gathered some good advice that will help you reduce the stress of moving for everyone in the family—including your four-legged friends.

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Moving from one home to another has been ranked as one of the most stressful events in one’s life. Hiring the right company can help relieve this stress, but here are a few more steps you can take to successfully clear this difficult hurdle.

stress free moveStep 1: Mental Preparation
There are many reasons why moving is so strenuous. By clearly identifying each point of stress, you can meet each obstacle successfully. First, when relocating, we are moving more than a house or an apartment. We are moving our home, and our homes provide security, a sanctuary from the outside world. Additionally, our residence is only one part of a larger system that we may call home; other parts include neighbors, our children’s schools, local shops—in other words, our community. This large system that provides a sense of security and sanctuary is disrupted when we move, and we therefore experience loss. This sense of loss will be greater as we move farther away from home in accord with the greater size of disruptions to our life. Before, during, and after our venture into unknown territory, our mind will be constantly trying to identify threats. The best remedy for this loss is time. With time, your new residence will become your new sanctuary. Until then, simply acknowledging the loss and allowing yourself to grieve will help you to deal with it.

Step 2: Neutralize the Negative; Embrace the Positive
While trying to sell your home, buy a new one, and transport your life to a new location, it is important to maintain an optimistic attitude while also being realistic. Educate yourself about each process so that there will be fewer surprises. For the remaining inevitable surprises involved in the process of selling and buying a home, overestimate your monetary calculations by 10 to 20 percent.  This will allow you to focus on the more positive aspects of moving, such as your new job, your new home, redecorating, etc. Make a mental picture of your final goal—you living happily in your new home and community. When bumps in the road come your way, focus on this image instead of the bumps, and optimistically look for the best way to bypass the bumps to achieve your goal. If there is nothing you can do about a situation, then remove yourself from it completely—read, work, or play—and remember to stay positive.

Step 3: Physical Preparation
reduce stress while movingOne of the most stressful parts of moving is packing up your life—or the physical elements of your life—into boxes. As you do so, you are forced to confront everything you own, why you own it, where it came from, and whether or not you should keep it. There are gifts from friends you haven’t spoken to in a long time, photographs of deceased loved ones, and those pants that don’t fit anymore. All of these carry a lot of emotional baggage, which you can either deal with yourself or hire professional packers to do so for you. If you do choose to pack your own home, you can either pack like a professional mover—quickly and without emotion—or you can indulge yourself in the thoughts and feelings that each item triggers as you pack. Of course if you choose to indulge, your timetable will affect whether you choose to immerse yourself in the emotional significance of your belongings before your move (as you pack) or after your move (as you unpack).

moving without stressingThe best way to relieve your mind is to make lists and to plan early. Make a packing list to assure that everything arrives at your new home. Make a list of items for your “Moving Kit” that includes equipment you will need on Moving Day, such as tools for disassembly and assembly, tape for packing, flashlights, trash bags, and other helpful items. Using a simple grocery bag, plastic bin, or box, collect these things together. Make an “Important Items” list of essentials that you won’t want to search for on Moving Day, such as a change of clothes, towels, soap, toilet paper, paper towels, water, paper plates, cups, utensils, and/or pet food, amongst other necessities. While these items are being packed into boxes, make sure the boxes are clearly labeled LOAD LAST/UNPACK FIRST.

Step 4: Welcome Yourself to Your New Home!
Once you arrive at your new home, don’t try to do too much. Unpack a few things while playing your favorite music, focusing on the boxes that are labeled UNPACK FIRST. Clear a room or corner of a large room in which you can relax. You might find it helpful to make a small part of your new home look familiar. Order in and pour yourself a bit of whatever helps you to relax—coffee, tea, wine, or beer. Explore your new neighborhood and meet your new neighbors as you achieve that mental image and slowly rebuild your sanctuary.

 

Written in partnership with Mary Ann Colf, LCSW, Santa Clarita’s 2010 Woman of the Year.

 


Camelot Moving & Storage
28040 Industry Drive, Valencia, CA, 91355
Phone: (661) 255-3112
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