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Some homeowners think about their move as the day-of process of moving their belongings into their new home. This is certainly the culminating event, but it’s not everything. In fact, keeping your focus glued to this day can actually set you up for a more stressful and challenging experience. Instead, buyers should strive to get into the mindset of “in the process of moving”. Rather than thinking about it as ‘moving day’, it’s a process that could take even a few months from start to finish. So, what does it mean to get into the “in the process” mindset? Let’s take a look:
As soon as you know you’ll be moving, your moving process can start. This doesn’t mean running home to throw everything in boxes, of course. Instead, it means adopting the mindset right then and there that you’re in the process of moving. Whether your actual moving day is weeks out or months out, this will help you get in the right frame of mind to get things done in an efficient, organized manner.
Give yourself a strategy. What is the plan for your moving process? Rather than just thinking about the day, be strategic with how you can spread the work out over the time you have. Does your current home need any repairs before you leave? Which rooms do you use the least and can pack up first? Set some deadlines for yourself so that you can ensure you’re on track. This way, come moving day, you’ll be ready to go.
A Little Bit Each Day
When you’re in the process of moving, naturally, you’d be doing something related to moving each day. Rather than waiting for one weekend to try to fit all your belongings in boxes, doing a little bit each day can dramatically reduce the stress of the situation.
Time to Settle In
It’s also worth maintaining this mindset for the first few weeks in your new place. Set the expectation that it’s going to take some time to feel fully at home. If the first day or two you haven’t fully adjusted to your new home, don’t panic. This is part of the process as well. Creating and maintaining this mindset can help you transition into your new space and take the time you need to make it feel like your own.
Tolerance for Change
Finally, this mindset offers some support emotionally as well. Moving can be a major event for many people. Maybe you’re leaving a home that was sentimental, or perhaps you’re stressed about the big change. Whatever the case, reminding yourself that it’s a process helps you prepare for these shifts earlier and understand that you might feel some emotions around them.
How did you approach your last move? Did you take on an “in the process” mindset? I’d love to hear your thoughts!