How to handle the stress of relocation

stress of moving house

Regardless of whether you are dealing with a divorce, moving to a smaller/larger house, moving to another city for work, or any other situation that might force you to move, the process can be very stressful. It can be overwhelming if you don’t take full control of the process by preparing yourself mentally. The following are some steps you can take to make relocation a bit easier on you.

1. Be organized. If you are the kind of person who has everything strewn all over the house, you should plan everything carefully when moving home. When you plan the move, you will prevent the frustration that unplanned for circumstances might cause.

2. Keep a notebook handy at all times to make lists, write down phone numbers, addresses, appointments, and anything you need to recall in a hurry. Of course a smartphone could do the job just as well. You should also keep a book that has a receipt pocket.

3. Relocation is one activity for which you need boxes – lots and lots of them. When you are packing your things, you should label each box according to the room it should go in your new house to minimize confusion.

4. Delegate tasks to your friends and family members who are helping you move. If you don’t have enough manpower, consider hiring outside help.

5. Prioritize. You should do things systematically during relocation. Start with the most important things working your way down.

6. Bid farewell to people before you leave. This is an important step because it helps you to prepare your mind for the relocation.

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Relocation tips: learning about the neighborhood

Relocation tips

So, you just finished moving and are in your new home exhausted and surrounded by boxes. Your furniture is packed up and ready to go and your moving company has been booked. However, you are not in a hurry to start unpacking because you are in a strange place where you have no friends and don’t even know your new neighbour. People need a year or two to get used to their new neighbourhood. There are some things you can do to speed up the process and we shall mention some relocation tips here…

Meet the neighbors

Some people would prefer it if their new neighbors knocked on their door one day with a fruit cake to welcome them to the neighborhood. However, this does not always happen so you have to take the initiative. This might be difficult to do but it will show your neighbors that you are a sociable person. Neighbors will warm up to you a lot quicker if you approach them first. You can organise a small party and send hand-written invitations to your neighbours if you don’t want to go door-to-door. Make sure your home is semi-unpacked with some furniture set out.

Look for friendly people who are active and like the things you do

If you are not the type of person who likes club activities, it might be time for you to start after relocation. You can find people and clubs that suit your interests simply by searching Yellow Pages or the internet.


No number of relocation tips can help you to settle into your new home. Just walk out the door and walk aimlessly in the new neighbourhood. Go grocery shopping, find places to indulge in your favourite activities, or just go to the park and take in the scenery.

Click HERE for more tips on how to make friends in your new neighbourhood after moving home or office.

Before moving make sure you have chosen a moving company that eases you into the moving process. Someone who handles furniture removal, offers you transit insurance, storage facilities and even packs for you. Once you have your moving company sorted you will have more time to meet your neighbours and settle into your new neighbourhood.

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