From healthcare systems to the business world and education sector, COVID-19 has changed a lot of things in the world. However, moving is still somehow on the upward trend. People can’t say if it’s due to the real estate fad or because of feeling unsafe in one’s city, but as per the recent Pew Research, one-fifth of the adults in the United States said they had moved or knew someone who moved during the pandemic.
Today, relocation is common, with many people moving to a new city for a new job or getting itchy feet to establish a bigger and more desirable home. However, regardless of the circumstance, relocation is a Herculean task. The issue is not just about the costs involved. When it comes to challenges that arise during relocation, the first thing that comes to mind is finding a reliable moving service and obtaining it at the right time. It’s a cumbersome process when you have to clear legal hurdles. People also find it difficult to adjust to a new city or to the different customs and beliefs of a new place. Finding the perfect school for kids and other necessities will be very challenging if you don’t have any previous experience.
Even with constant and thorough planning and preparation, moving to a new and unknown place can put you in a surprising state. It might be an adjustment to come into a place that has so much less or more than your previous neighborhood; a place with new people and a new culture.
And, here’s the biggie: You won’t have the people you know around to help you adjust to the new environment. Moving to a new place alone means less fun time with your loved ones, no more hugs and no one to watch MasterChef with. However, as a Christian, you need to remember that you’ll never be alone. If you trust God, moving to a new town will not mean lots of alone time, but more quality time spent with God.
Moving always reminds me of the story of Jacob, Isaac’s youngest son and Joseph’s father. Whenever you start thinking about the stressful challenges of moving, remember what God told Jacob in Genesis 46: 3, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to do down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you…”
Finally, it’s that day! You’ve packed all your belongings, got on the truck or car and moved into your new home-sweet-home. You are now exhausted. You are over it. So, you forget about unpacking and find a comfortable corner in the house to take a quick nap or you’ll go out for some drinks.
Most people claim that unpacking is the most dreaded part of relocation and I know it’s true. However, if you want to enjoy your new home, I strongly suggest you get this last annoying task done.
My advice would be to put all the boxes in their new locations, as much as possible. A general approach is to start with the living areas, for instance, the bedrooms and bathrooms. Then from there you may spread out in the kitchen and the living room.
It’s not necessary to get all the things out of the boxes; maybe just those you need to get through the night like towels, bedsheets, linens, kitchen wares and toiletries. If you have to go to work the next day, a change of clothes should be included in the list.
However, if you have the time and “courage” to unpack everything, keep going until you’ve emptied the last box and then advertise that you’ve got a few moving cardboard boxes and you plan on selling or giving them away.