Always On The Move? How to Handle Frequent Home Relocations
Constant home relocations can happen for a number of reasons. Whether you’re moving due to work, changes in your personal circumstances or you’re just having an unlucky run, moving frequently can bring with it some unique challenges.
Are you about to move again? Feeling stressed about the challenges of trying to settle into yet another home? Read on for some tips on how to handle frequent home relocations.
Declutter unwanted items
Don’t keep moving boxes of items you don’t need or want from place to place. Before you move again it’s time to declutter. The first place to start is with any boxes you have which are still packed up from your last move. There’s usually always a box or two which remains unpacked as you move from place to place. Whatever is in this box (or boxes) is not only taking up precious space but is also unlikely to be holding anything important either so it’s time to let it go. Next, sort through your wardrobe, getting rid of any clothing and shoes you no longer need. Work through each room of your house either before you start packing up or as you are doing it if you’re short on time.
If you have large or bulky items you don’t want to part with but you can’t bear the thought of dragging around with you to a new place, consider putting them into storage. Hire Storage offers modern facilities with 24/7 CCTV, on-site security personnel and alarms so you can rest assured your belongings are safe and secure. Our facilities are conveniently located centrally in each capital city. You can access your items anytime between Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 5 pm by only providing us with 24 hours’ notice and our rates start from a low $160 per module per month. We offer secure 10 cubic metre storage modules and also have storage options available for oversized items so you only pay for the storage you use.
Unpack as soon as possible
In order to settle in as quickly as possible, as soon as you get to your new house don’t delay the unpacking process. Although it might be tempting to leave items in boxes so you don’t need to pack them up again, living in a house or apartment full of boxes won’t allow you to feel settled and at home. Empty out those boxes as soon as you can and then store those empty boxes somewhere out of the way and ready for your next move.
Keep your boxes
If you’re relocating often it’s probably more economical and less hassle to buy your own boxes rather than renting new ones each time. Look after them well and store them properly after each use and you should get a decent amount of use out of them too. Just make sure you buy high-quality boxes which are designed to withstand more than one move. You can buy boxes online from Hire A Box.
Recreate familiar sights and sounds
Just because you’re living somewhere different, doesn’t mean you can’t make it feel like home. Recreate some familiar sights and sounds in your new space so you can settle in quickly and feel at ease. This might mean playing your favourite music, recreating your bedroom space in the same layout as you had in your last house or setting up photos and trinkets in your living room. The sooner you have some familiarity in your new space, the sooner you’ll feel settled. And you can continue with this step at each new place you get to, giving you a little stability in a constantly changing environment.
Create a space just for you
Once you’ve recreated your familiar sights and sounds, it’s time to create a little indulgent space that’s all your own. This doesn’t have to be a large area, just a small corner or area where you can go to do what you love doing most. For some people, it might be space to create art, read or draw, and for others, it might be an area to practise yoga, exercise or play video games. Whatever you love to do make sure you have somewhere to do it.
Keep a familiar routine
If you keep up your regular routine after you’ve moved, it can help you to feel relaxed and settled. Get out of bed at the same time, start your morning with a coffee and tea and take the dog for a walk, just like you usually do. If you like to visit the gym, go to a local coffee shop or indulge in a morning run, make sure you find new locations as soon as possible so you can slip right into your familiar routine.
Get the professionals to help
If you’ve moved around a lot, you’ll know how time-consuming relocating can be. But you don’t have to do it all yourself. Hire professionals to help with the packing, unpacking, moving and cleaning so you can better use your time acclimatising to your new environment. Not only will it save you time but it will also make sure the job is done properly and with fewer breakages.
Constantly relocating can be a pain, but with these simple steps, you can help settle in fast and make the process as painless as possible. When you’re always on the move Hire Group take care of your packing, and all your relocation needs. Get a quote online or give us a call on 1300 366 522.