According to us Aussies, the 7 most stressful events for us are:
- Home and Belongings destroyed in disasters
- Serious illness of injury
- Loss of employment
- Marriage divorce
- Having a child
- Relocating houses
- Getting married
Although the events of the past week have been further down the list, I have been dealing with a few of them.
Ok, so Andrew’s foot is not life threatening or serious but every time he steps out on the football field there is the potential for a serious injury and loss of employment. Stress? Yes!
We are having a child and we moved home. It has been a big couple of weeks.
With Andrew and the baby being out of my control I decided to make the move as stress as humanly possible. Being ordered to bed rest by my OB didn’t start me off on the right foot but we got there in the end.
My tips on how to move as stress free as possible.
1: Don’t be stupid and think you can do it all yourself. Get help! Yes, I will admit that person was me once and if I didn’t have my mother telling me off then it probably would have been me again, but now I have seen the other side and love it! Enter the amazing Sheryl Saba (love you). Sheryl came over and professionally wrapped and packed everything for me and then unpacked it at the new house. God send!
2: I was told to be ruthless and ruthless I was! Sheryl wasn’t letting me get away with hoarding. You have throw your shite away!! If you haven’t used it yet, you won’t, get rid of it.
3: Don’t think you can pack up a house in 2 days, want to give yourself a heart attack, then be my guest, try it…… the average house has 100 box’s….
4: Don’t double handle anything. It either goes in a box or in the bin, don’t put it somewhere and say I will deal with it later. Say it with me, WASTING TIME!
5: Be ready for the removalists. Get your ‘boyfriends’ to come to your house an hour before the removalists do. They should be able to get all of the box’s close to the truck. This will help them move quickly! Nothing says stress more than wasted time and money!
6: Have Sheryl (or your own version of Sheryl) at your new place when everything arrives. Make sure that everything get’s dropped in the right rooms, you don’t want to be moving things around once you get there.
7: Start unpacking straight away! I was lucky enough to have Sheryl (yes again) do most it for me but it’s the sort of thing that can leave you procrastinating. Just get those box’s open and get them done. If you have been ruthless enough then unpacking will be the easy part.
Look, moving is hard, it’s stressful and it does take time, money and planning but for the sake of your family please try and make this process as stress free as possible. Start early, get help and unpack quickly. You will be feeling normal again in no time.
Oh, and most importantly, find yourself a Sheryl…….