Day After The Move
After a fun-filled day of moving with the professionals at Moving Kings, the adrenaline is gone and you are most likely waking up to a house full of boxes and the soreness of running a marathon. The hard part of physically moving is over but the unpacking can be very daunting and leave you with a feeling of anxiety. Moving Kings has developed 10 helpful tips to make adjusting to your new home after the move a breeze.
1. Body Soreness. Moving is a very physically demanding activity and it is important to stretch and stay hydrated before, during and after the move. Make sure you give your body time to rest and heal by planning out the unpacking in increments. Try not to do any heavy lifting that will put more of a strain on your body and make sure you do not forget about any medications you should be taking daily.
2. Eat Healthy. With kitchen boxes still packed away you may find yourself ordering a lot of take out and delivery food. While this is convenient and encouraged during and directly after the move, it is important to get back into a healthy diet especially if you are experiencing pain and soreness after the move. Having a well balanced diet will help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety and give you more energy to get through the unpacking phase.
3. Learn Your Home. Before pictures are hung up and decorations are placed out, now is a good time to do a thorough inspection of your home. Take the time to familiarize yourself with where the fuse box is located, where the air conditioning unit is located and the correct size filter for replacement (once per month), checking the pipes for any leaks or damage and double checking for any signs of pest infestation or damage.
4. Pets. Some pets acclimate to new environments very quickly while with others there is a period of adjustment. Your pet does not entirely understand what is going on and it is experiencing the sensation of different smells and areas to explore. Don't be surprised if you find that your fully trained pet starts urinating the your new house, this is a sign of the animal marking its newly claimed territory. For animals that are more fearful it is always helpful to fill their new sleeping area or playroom with toys and familiar smells to help them adjust. Always be sure to reward your pet for good behavior and exploring with treats and plenty of love, encouragement and belly rubs.
5. Visit the Local Park. After all the moving, cleaning, packing and now unpacking, it is important to stay grounded by taking a walk and getting some fresh air. We find it is a good idea to plan a family walk to the local park so that you can start to learn the area and visit the park that your family will be enjoying. This is also a great way to meet some locals in the area and a chance for your children to make some new neighborhood friends.
6. Drive Around Town. When you are feeling the effects of cabin fever from unpacking, take an hour or so to go out on a relaxing drive around your new community. Set the GPS destination to your local post office, mall, grocery store and school to start learning the routes, streets and traffic of the area. Remember to be patient and calm when navigating a new area, you will become affluent with directions in time but don't make yourself more stressed trying to find your way out of your new Wal-Mart parking lot.
7. Meet The Neighbors. They are more scared of you than you are of them! Every neighbor has a sinking feeling that their new neighbors will be a family of obnoxious musicians that are having rock concerts and band practice throughout the night in the garage. Take the time to go around to each direct neighbor and introduce yourself and your family. Reassure them that you want to create a long lasting friendship and hold each other accountable as neighbors to help out in the event of an emergency. Ask them for any recommendations on cool things to do or favorite places to eat. If you are really feeling bold, invite them out to dinner at one of their recommended restaurants or over for wine and cheese since you will still be unpacking.
8. Emergency Procedures and Evacuations. Every area has a course of action in the event of a natural catastrophe or emergency. It is best to check with your local government to find out what direct dangers pose a threat to your family and home (flood, earthquakes, etc.), the proper evacuation routes, an emergency preparedness kit, local shelters and a list of gas stations that run on back up generators. The best Plan A has a Plan B and it is never to soon to implement an Emergency Preparedness Plan for you and your family.
9. Finalize Address Change. Double check your list and make sure you've notified the DMV (drivers license), Post Office, Bank/Financial Institution, School, etc. of your new change of address. Some companies may require you send them a utility bill or letter with your name and new address so make sure you stay on top of this so that there is no lapse of information. A great idea is to go paperless for a lot of your services and change your address information via your online account. If it is not too far, you may want to swing by your old residence to see if there was any mail not forwarded to your new address after the move. Don't forget to update your Amazon account if you are a fan of "one-click buy."
10. Unpacking. There is no other way around it, you are going to have to unpack all those boxes, put the items in their proper place, break down the boxes and bring them out for recycling. The best advice we can give is to do what we do during the move and focus on one area at a time. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the mountain of boxes try to grab 3-5 boxes at a time, bring them to a separate area and focus on unpacking and breaking down those boxes first. Unpacking is a marathon, not a sprint. There is also no shame in labeling new cabinets and drawers with post it note descriptions of what is inside while you learn where everything is located in your new home. Rome was not built in a day and chances are you will not be fully unpacked in a day. Take your time and don't get stressed if you can't find something right away.
We hope these tips and pointers help out or at least calm you down a little bit as you begin the task of unpacking. Remember that our moving professionals are here to help you every step of the way, even after everything has already been moved into your new home. Don't hesitate to Moving Kings a call or shoot us an email with any post-move questions or concerns.