This is it. Moving day is finally here, and everything is stowed in the moving trucks and ready to go. Suddenly, it hits you: You’re really heading to the one and only Lone Star State. It’s beyond exciting — and maybe a little intimidating. (Maybe you’ve been in packing mode for so long that you haven’t thought about this part of the process, yet.)
Your journey is unfolding, and it goes beyond just the voyage to your new home. You’re starting fresh, which means lots of different experiences await. Uprooting is exciting, but it can also be nerve-racking. How can you ease this transition? The expert agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty have some tips — gleaned from their unmatched expertise in all things home, not just selling and buying.
Coping vs. thriving: How to do it?
This is bound to be quite a transitional period for you and your loved ones — especially if your family is moving with you — which could mean emotions are running high and stress is running rampant. Alternatively, it could be a period of positive change and new beginnings.
It’s likely a mix of all of it.
Let’s make sure you not only cope but also thrive from this experience. How can you turn a potentially stressful time into a positive one, filled with growth? Some of the best ways to ensure that you thrive throughout your move are:
- Hiring a professional moving company.
- Taking the opportunity to have a minimalist mindset.
- Working closely with a real estate agent throughout your move.
Read on to learn more about how these tips will help lighten your load — in big and little ways.
Hire a professional moving company
Hiring a moving company is the first step when it comes to relocating across the country. Doing so will save you from a lot of stress — and sore muscles — leaving you and your family with the ability to soak in all the changes happening right now. Moving can really take it out of you, so hiring professional movers — not only for the transport, but also for the packing and unpacking — can help to conserve your energy for all the other parts of the process.
But know this: A full-service professional move can be costly. This brings us to our next tip: taking on a minimalistic mindset.
Become a minimalist — perhaps permanently
How much of your things do you really need? Having a minimalistic mindset can help in a few ways. First, by editing down your things before you move — then donating or selling the rest — you can lower the cost of the move. According to Moversville: “When moving long-distance … movers will charge by the weight of your goods, the distance traveling, and any additional or accessorial charges that may occur.” Having fewer things could certainly benefit your wallet.
Minimalizing can possibly be good for your mental health, too. Moving has a way of bringing to light just how much we may hold onto over the years. Why not take this as an opportunity to shed some of the psychic weight of your belongings? Cutting down on unnecessary material things can be so uplifting — and can create a higher sense of peace and calm within our minds.
According to Abby Stark on Life Intelligence, there are lots of benefits to practicing this trend. “Overall, minimalists experience less stress and anxiety and more happiness and fulfillment. Because they do not concern themselves with the minutiae of everyday life, they are able to get more out of meaningful habits and interactions.”
You don’t have to change your whole lifestyle or throw away precious heirlooms, but putting some of the ideals of minimalism into play might be helpful throughout your move.
Work with a professional real estate agent
Listing, staging and marketing a home — and then closing on its sale — are just some of the big reasons why it is vital to work with a professional agent, especially when you know you are moving. (If you ever had a doubt, here’s why you really need a real estate agent.) But one of the biggest benefits? The peace of mind you’ll get. Just like with all the other advice above, working closely with an agent will take a huge weight off an already-hectic process. Delegation is key where a big move is concerned: Delegate whatever parts of the process and the work you can, so that you’re not taking it all on yourself!
If your move to Texas seems a little daunting now, remember that it’s all for a greater purpose. You – and maybe your family — are finding your new home. That’s the big picture, and it’s all you should have to worry about.
Life Intelligence — How Minimalism Can Improve your Mental Health
Psychology Today — What Can Minimalism Do for Mental Health?