So you’ve just been through what many call one of the most stressful experiences in life; you’ve moved! From never-ending packing boxes to numerous removal quotes, and from the seemingly impossible task of finding a new home, to saying farewell to the familiarity you once knew.
You may feel like you’re ready for a long relaxing vacation, but unfortunately, all the hard work of moving doesn’t end the moment you place the last box on your new pad!
While there are numerous important tasks to undertake in the initial stages of living in a new location, there are a few that deserve to be at the top of the list. Here they come:
1. Hang Your Favorite Picture On The Wall
I get it; this one sounds a bit strange, but trust me, it’s one of the most important steps you can take. In the midst of all the chaos, mixed feeling, tensions and strained emotions that come part and parcel with moving, a reminder of what familiarity looks like goes a long way.
Choose that one picture that you just love, drill a hole in the wall, and get it hung. Every time you feel close to a, ‘just moved in the breakdown,’ make coffee, sit in front of your picture and take a moment to catch your breath.
2. Get Your Post Re-Directed
While you may have changed your postal address with all the mailing companies that you could think of, there’ll always be a few you have forgotten about. Rather than risk important mail not reaching you, or worse still reaching the hands of a stranger, organize to have your mail re-directed to your new address.
You can typically set up such a service at your local post office branch for a small fee. In general, they will re-direct your mail for either three months or 6 months. More than enough time to see who you still need to give your new postal address to.
3. Make Friends With Your Neighbors
The sad thing about city life these days is that we could be living next door to someone for years without even knowing them. How times have changed! If your neighbors seem friendly, make friends and let them know that you are no party-animal who is going to give them something to complain about.
In fact, your neighbors are wonderful sources of local knowledge. Finding a good doctor, a reliable dentist and even a good place to buy your groceries can seem like a mean feat without knowledge of the area. If your neighbors have been around for a while, they can likely save you a lot of time, and money!
4. Get Into A Normal Routine As Soon As Possible
Moving knocks your routine for six. With so much to pack and label at one end, then unpack and organize at the other end, normal life can seem like a million miles away. Once you have moved into your new home, even if unopened boxes are still lying around, try to get back into some routine.
Even though most of us think we don’t like routine, we secretly recognize that we need it. The quicker you can feel a routine taking shape again in your life, the quicker you’ll feel at home in your new pad.
So there you have it; you’ve survived the moving in experience, now all you have to do is find your feet in your new home. Remember, create familiarity, get to know your neighbors, get your post re-directed and settle into a routine as quickly as possible. Then all that’s left to do is enjoy making the new house, a beautiful home.