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Reflecting on the Move

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You've completed your move. Congratulations: you have finished a large, emotionally and physically exhausting undertaking. Now that you've arrived, you may feel like the work has just begun, but it's important to take a little time for yourself and reflect on where you are and where you want to go.

  • Make a list of the things you have to do and schedule them out. It all can't be done at once, so give yourself a day or so for each step. There is nothing worse than having everything build up and feeling overwhelmed.
  • Take your time unpacking as well. Start with the essential things (beds, certain furniture) and work your way toward decorating. Make sure that you don't overextend yourself between work, unpacking, and the other obligations that life brings.
  • Keep track of what has worked and what has not worked for you in this move. This can be invaluable to you if you have to do it again later, or if you have friends or family that find themselves relocating. You might consider keeping a journal of your experience.
  • Make a scrapbook of things from your old home. photographs, leaves from favorite plants, short notes and memories, etc.
  • Pick a room in your new house to be a safe haven. Set up some furniture, keep it clear of boxes or any other moving items, and decorate it in a way that will be comfortable for you and your family.
  • Don't get burnt out. Take some time to relax and get used to being somewhere new. The more peaceful you are, the better you'll be able to take care of your responsibilities.

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Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on August 27, 2009

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