Moving is just going from one place to the next

So you’re moving. No need to overstress. It’s a move; not life or death. You’re only going from one place to the next.

Perhaps you’ve been relocated or your spouse has found a new job. Maybe you’ve already moved and now want to move back to where you came from. Then again, maybe you’ve never moved and now feel it’s time to try someplace new. Whatever the reason, you’re moving. The decision has been made. Time to pack up, move out, move in, unpack.

I know what you’re thinking. How will I get it all into boxes? How will I get it to where it’s going? How much will it cost: Will it get there safely? Do I have enough? Do I have too much? It’s a daunting task no matter how many times you’ve done it. In fact, moving is often cited as one of life’s most stressful events. But really… why?

Having just moved myself (for the 15th time), I would say the hardest part about doing it is moving in, especially if you are moving into an unfurnished place and have nothing or very little of your own stuff. For moving out, there’s a deadline. For moving in, there isn’t. Things can, and often do, stay in boxes indefinitely or until needed. So make sure to give yourself time unpack and set up, because there’s nothing worse than not feeling settled in. If you are lucky enough to have a non-working partner, then this is not as much of a hassle even though he or she will have to find their way around the new location for places to shop. That too can be stressful, especially if language and cultural issues come into to play.. or you have no vehicle to transport things.

With that in mind, bear in mind that moving should be looked at as a positive event. It provides a chance to get a fresh start. Moving has its challenges, but it also offers new opportunities. So pack up and let go of the inevitable stress. Prepare yourself and those close to you, then decide to make it a smooth transition. After all, it’s going to happen no matter what.


By Dan Franch, September 2015

Dan is also a  cartoonist for



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