Talk to anyone who has ever moved across the country, and they’ll readily tell you that it can be quite a daunting operation. But sometimes a big move like that can’t be helped – a new job or a better school waits on the other end, for example.
Despite the demanding nature of a cross-country move, there are three things you can do to make it bearable.
Treating the move like an adventure
You’ll need days or weeks to move this far. A move from Tacoma, WA, to Nashville, for example, would take you at least four days – if you had a small family and drove at least 10 hours a day. This is a grueling schedule, no matter what task you’re attempting.
But if you look at the move as an adventure, you can take some of the stress out of the trip. Be willing to do a little exploring along the way. There will be something to see no matter what route you’re taking. Just plan ahead of time to make sure you have affordable places to stay along the way so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute. Websites and apps can help you find the best deal’s possible.
Pare it down
Simplify the process, and moving can be very easy and even quite enjoyable! If you’re limited in your transportation space, pack only what you consider essential. Pack your car with the things you think you will need in your home the first night you are there. Everything else can go in the moving truck.
It’s also a good idea to take a trip to your new home before moving everything there. You’ll be able to see what might not be a fit for your new house and know what you should consider selling and getting rid of and what you should keep. It’s easier to sell or donate items before you move than to do so once you’re settled. It’s one less thing to worry about!
Plus, selling items you don’t need puts money in your pocket – you could save on moving costs and bring in some money to help fund your move!
Embrace the new home
Moving to a new home can be daunting because you may be moving to a new place where you have no friends or family. Get settled, and when you have time, go out and explore your new city. Research the highlights of the area, and participate in local events and activities. Eat out, go to museums, visit exhibits, and attend social events.
You’ll also find it helpful to take your family everywhere you go, especially kids. Take them to restaurants, libraries, supermarkets, museums, and other areas of the city so that they start to embrace their new home.
Browsing through local community pages on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can help you find local events and meet local people. An app like Yelp can tell you what locals are saying about events and businesses in your new community.
Help your kids develop a new social circle, too. Encourage them to participate in extracurricular activities at school. The move will be easier when they have lots of opportunities to make new friends.
Changing your perspective is important when you’re taking on a big move across country. It’s easy to remain focused on your hold home and city. Shifting your focus to your new home and the memories you’ll make there can make a cross country move less difficult and more worthwhile.
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