Moving is hard no matter what, but it’s even harder to do as a single parent. Dealing with all of the moving details in addition to caring for a child on your own may seem unmanageable, however there are ways to reduce stress. The household moving experts at E.E. Ward Moving and Storage have compiled a list of tips to make your move as painless as possible.
Get organized and label everything. Organization is the key to a smooth transition. Oftentimes however, the thought of being organized can be as stressful as the move itself. A helpful approach is to create a packing schedule where you plan out what room you will pack when. You may want to use duct tape or stickers to color code your boxes according to room. If you pack areas one by one in an orderly fashion you’ll keep your sanity and ensure easier unpacking.
Avoid moving at popular times. When you move is often just as important as where you move. If possible, schedule your move in the fall or winter because spring and summer are the busiest time of year for movers. Also try to plan your move for the middle of the month because movers tend to be busier at the beginning and end of each month.
Hire a good moving team. A good moving team makes all the difference. The professionals at E.E. Ward Moving and Storage are experts in household moves. E.E. Ward offers packing services, in which our professional team will come in and safely prepare, pack, pad, and move all of your items for you, allowing you to focus on your child.
Stay in touch with family and friends. Moving is a big deal, especially if it is following a separation or divorce. You’ll want help and support from your friends and family during this stressful time. Talk to your friends and family. Let them help you in any way possible. Simply having people who care about you around can reduce a lot of stress and anxiety.
Talk to your kids. Make sure your child understands the situation. Change can be hard on children so it’s important you give them time to adjust. You’ll need to decide when and how to handle the situation. Ideally, you and your partner should sit down with your child and explain what’s going on. However you know your child best and the way to break the news is ultimately your decision.
Have a positive attitude. Staying as calm and relaxed as possible will go a long way. Your child will learn how to handle the changes by watching how you handle it. The calmer you are, the calmer they are. You can reduce a lot of stress with a little bit of planning and preparation.