This is a Guest Post by Izzy Smith
Moving house can be one of the biggest experiences in a person’s life. It is not a mere physical shift but more importantly an emotional transition which can bring about many changes on a personal level.
Whether you are moving locally, long-distance or internationally, a move is always a big undertaking that requires careful planning and organization. It stands to reason that it is not just a question of packing and leaving. A lot of details need to be put under the lens for scrutiny.
In terms of relocation, one of the biggest leaps is moving from the country to an urban area. Apart from logistical challenges one has to be prepared for a mini cultural shock. Some things that you were comfortably used to all your life need to make way for others.
You have to be honest to yourself – this will be a huge change for you and every other member of the family. When you are used to living outside the city with open clear spaces, a big house with a garden and lots of greenery around, moving to a flat or a town house in the middle of the concrete jungle can be hard to psychologically fit yourself into at the beginning. It could take a while to adapt to all the changes even the most basic ones such as commuting or shopping for daily goods.
Moving with your spouse and children is bound to make such a transition even more challenging. However, it is not as tough as it may seem in the beginning.
Let’s look at the basics of the country to city move and tips on things you need to plan, pay for and do.
- If you are downsizing: Chances are you will be moving to a much smaller place with less storage space. This will inevitably change your domestic habits. The first rule before downsizing is to assess all your belongings and sort out what should be kept or not. We all accumulate clutter and things we don’t use on a day to day basis. Old items, equipment, electrical appliances and all sorts of tools that you don’t even use should be junked or donated. There is no point paying for moving things that you don’t even have space for. The next thing to do is decide whether you can afford to rent a self-storage unit. This is where you can keep most of your extra belongings. Downsizing isn’t such a bad thing – above all, it is an opportunity to start absolutely fresh and be surrounded by a minimalistic and uncluttered surrounding.
- If you need to make a quick move: Ideally you will have a few months to plan and organize the country to city move but if that’s not the case, then don’t get frustrated. You can move within a few weeks or less with the right moving company by your side. Make sure to hire a reputable mover, take the inventory, gather the packing material and start organizing the packing process. Take a few days off from work and do task after task until the moving day approaches.
- Get used to the idea of living in the city: The cultural shock will be there and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. However, you can talk to your family about this change, have a walk in your new neighborhood before moving, explore the city and learn more about it perhaps even by interacting with residents nearby if you have the opportunity. Soaking in the new location can psychologically help you adapt easier and quicker.
The bottom line is that moving to the city need not be a stressing affair even though it can be a life-changing experience in itself. It might be difficult to cope at first with the differences between the beautiful calm country and the hectic city life it need not a be dramatic experience. As long as you plan ahead, stay organized and gradually prepare yourself mentally, you will see that it will be another challenge you have surpassed with flair!