A house move is just around the corner and you may feel pretty confident that you can handle that major change in your life without any serious bumps and hurdles along the way.
Despite your apparent confidence though, it’s good to keep in mind that every single case of residential moving will present a number of relocation challenges, followed by important life lessons for you – lessons that will not only help you make sense of it all, but ones that will enable you to better understand yourself.
Here are the top 5 things to learn about yourself when moving to another home.
1. Your Swiss-watch perception of time will be tested to its limits
You know that time is a constant – there are exactly 60 seconds in a minute, and 60 minutes in an hour. Every time you look at a watch with a second hand, you can’t help but notice the precision of each tick and the accuracy of every tock.
The very first thing you will learn about yourself is that the upcoming move will most likely alter your perception of time as you normally know it. Considering the relativity of time, it won’t be long until you realize that the seemingly constant seconds, minutes, and hours will seem to quicken their pace the less time there is until the day of the move.
And if you perceive time to be running faster towards Moving day, then you’re likely to become more and more worried that you won’t manage to finish the preparation on time. Additional worries and anxiety will usually lead to abnormal levels of stress.
Time management is key! Follow a good moving checklist to be able to control the time you have until the Big day.
Must-read: Interactive moving checklist
2. You may have become a hoarder without realizing it
One of the most important life lessons you learn from moving to another home is that keeping things you should have trashed years ago is definitely not the right approach to successful space management.
As soon as you start sorting your stuff, you are likely to realize that you may have become a hoarder by accident. You will have probably forgotten about the existence of some items and it will feel as if you were seeing them for the first time.
However, it comes down to the belongings which you have stubbornly refused to discard despite their apparent worthlessness. The worst part? Most of the useless things you seem to cling to never had any sentimental value in the first place.
The upcoming house move is an excellent opportunity to get rid of anything you will never use again. Remember that fewer items to pack and transport will mean saved time from packing and saved money from transportation costs.
It’s a win-win situation no matter how you look at it. So, make a complete home inventory and get rid of all unwanted and unneeded items.
See also: How to get rid of things when moving house
3. You’re good at seek-and-find games, but finding movers is not a game
Moving between two homes is period where good decisions will be handsomely rewarded in terms of saved time, money, efforts, and nerves, while bad decisions may make your life harder than it already is, and at times – even more miserable.
Arguably, the most important decision that you should make relatively early in the home moving process is whether you should hire movers or move by yourself. Without a doubt, solving this dilemma will predetermine the next steps you take when organizing your own house move.
Your informed decision to hire the services of a professional moving company will automatically mean that now you will have to find reputable, competent and affordable moving services.
One of the things you’ll learn from moving across the country is that even if you excel at search-and-find games, the task of finding good movers will be anything but a game. Start the search by requesting cost estimates from top-rated moving companies, then ask those moving companies to visit your home for visual inspection and accurate moving quotes.
Read also: How to find good movers
4. Your dream of becoming a master packer could come true
Most people have some experience in packing – packing clothes for a trip, packing toiletries for vacation, and so on. But it’s not until it’s time to pack up your home for a move that you realize just how arduous packing can really be.
Another dilemma you must solve when getting ready to move out is whether you should hire professional packers or whether you will be better off packing up all your belongings by yourself. The right decision, in this case, will depend on a number of external factors such as number of household items, presence of specialty items, move distance, and last but not least – previous packing experience on your side.
What you learn from moving home is that your residential move is a great chance to prove your packing skills as there’s a third option that home movers like you seem to prefer – to pack whatever you can by yourself and leave to the pros only the valuable items that require special packing such as a piano, a grandfather clock, a pool table, and so on.
By becoming a master packer, you will be able to save a lot of money too by not paying professional packers to do it for you.
Useful info: The best packing tips you’ll ever need
5. Asking friends for help will not make you look weak
One thing you will learn when moving out is that, more often than not, you will require the precious assistance of your friends, especially when packing up your home and on Moving day – the stressful period that features all the heavy lifting that a move has to offer.
Even if you do want to handle everything entirely on your own, sometimes that is simply impossible. As a result, one of the most significant things to learn about yourself when moving house is that you are a human and as such, you will have your limits too.
You shouldn’t forget that asking for help when you need it the most is not a sign of weakness but a sign of maturity. The home moving process is not the right time to prove you’re a hero – instead, gather your posse of loyal friends and get down to business. Of course, you should assure your helpers that they can have your help when the time comes for any of them to move home.
Good info: How to get friends to help you move