As you start making plans for your move, remember to focus on what your kids can look forward to. After all, if you see your move as an exciting adventure, your kids will also be very enthusiastic. Right from the start, you might want to take them with you on house-hunting adventures. In cases where it might not be practical to have them tagging along, don’t forget to bring back pictures of hot prospects you’re considering. Remember, they have to live there too! Check on schools in the area you will want to live in and make sure that the school is convenient for you and that your child likes it as well…after all, they are the ones who have to attend that school! Moving to a new school can be scary for some kids, and in other instances, its a new adventure. So make sure you start the whole process off as a fun adventure for them.
Don’t forget your pets. Moving can be very stressful for them. Prepare your pet for the move a few weeks before the actual day. Pack over a period of time and try to maintain your pet’s normal routine. Buy a carrier that will allow your pet to sit and lie comfortably inside. Advance planning, patience and affection can help your pet adjust quickly to his new home. Before the actual move, take your pet to the home and let them “inspect” it…after all, you don’t want them coming in and immediately “marking their territory” before you get settled into your brand new home. And if that becomes the case, make sure you bring plenty of cleaning products!
Stress is associated with moving. As you move from one location to another – whether it is across town or across the country – chances are you and your family experiencing some type of anxiety. It’s in the family’s best interest to reduce stress, or at least learn how to manage it before reaching the new destination and begin unpacking. While you’re driving to your new destination, take a driving break if it is a long drive. Get out of your vehicle and walk around for at least 10 minutes. Not only will it help with the blood circulation, but it will also help you clear your mind.
Laughter really is the best medicine. Laughing reduces stress hormones like adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol. You should never allow yourself to get so stressed that you forget to laugh. The packing process can be one of the most interesting processes. You tend to find things that you thought you lost or forgot you had. So, get organized, check on schools if kids are transferring, transfer your mail, cable, power, and check on garbage pickup. Make sure you have plenty of boxes & figure out how you will move, renting a UHAUL is a very good idea and very affordable. Also, if you have those good friends who will help you move, enlist their help….cause they will come in handy! So get moving so you can enjoy that Fabulous Home.