Many people who have served in the military are all too familiar with moving around a lot. It is an opportunity for new adventures but can also mean uprooting yourself and your family. Fortunately, there are ways to make the process smoother. The following five tips from Mortgages for America should help.
- Plan Your Packing and Allot Plenty of Time
Packing can be extremely stressful, especially if you are rushed or disorganized. Consider starting well ahead of the move by sorting through your possessions and tossing or donating anything you no longer want. Order adequate packing supplies and devise a color-coded system to coordinate rooms.
As you unpack, keep things organized. It’s okay to take a little extra time to keep your home neat and orderly. According to Psychology Today, clutter can increase stress. If you have a lot to unpack, consider getting the boxes arranged systematically before you begin. This makes it easier both mentally and logistically.
- Get Your Business Move Organized
If you are also moving your business, make sure you have all your paperwork in order. In particular, you may need to register a new entity such as a limited liability company. Your LLC can provide legal and tax benefits, but only if you are properly registered. Update your records with your new address.
If moving to a different state, you may need to have a registered agent in your original state or form a new LLC. Check the local rules and talk with an attorney or use an LLC service like Zen Business to make sure your paperwork is in good shape.
- Decorate Your Walls Early
A lot of people, especially families, need at least a few weeks to get fully unpacked in a new home. During this time, it can feel like you’re literally living out of a suitcase. Try putting out a few select decorations right away. For example, hang some family photos on the wall.
Decorations may seem like a low priority. However, if you or other family members are prone to feeling uneasy in a new environment, this can help everyone get settled.
- Take Some Walks Locally
Exploring your local area is an important part of making it feel more like your own territory. One of the best ways to do this is to walk to a few destinations. When you use your feet, you have a little extra time to take things in. Walking and fitness activities are also great for physical and mental health!
Of course, not every community is walkable. If you can’t easily get to destinations from your house, consider driving to your town’s main street or other central areas to do a little exploring.
- Find Some Activities and Events to Get Excited About
If you are in a new community, you may not know many people. Additionally, you likely need a break from your regular routine. Research local activities you can get excited about. Perhaps you could join a gym or yoga studio. Maybe there is a fun community event coming up to help you meet some people. Getting involved with a local veterans’ group may provide the perfect opportunity to connect with people who enjoy similar experiences.
Start Turning Your New House Into a Home
Moving to a new location is both exciting and stress-inducing. By following these tips, however, you can make the process easier for yourself, your family, and your business.