Moving? Pack an Emotional First Aid Kit

From Making the Big Move: how to transform relocation into a creative life transition.

For a wilderness trek, you pack sunscreen, bandages, and insect repellent. When you relocate to a new home or a new job, you face loneliness and upheaval, not alligators or killer mosquitoes.

Here’s what to include in your emotional first aid kit.

Coping phrases for frazzled moments.

“There is time to do whatever I need.”

“I will always have options.”

“No matter what happens, I know I can cope.”

Phone numbers of friends and family who will laugh or cry with you.

Photos of family, friends, special places, and pets;

Tapes of meditation, inspiration and visualization.

DON’T pack:

Wet blankets: Leave behind the “friends” who share horror stories. They’ll smother your dreams.

Expensive treats: A maxed-out credit card creates stress. Think of small ways to reward yourself.

Things you always meant to do (you probably won’t read War and Peace while waiting for the moving van to arrive).

Pack seasick tablets and you’ll probably walk through a storm. Prepare for the worst and you’ll probably wonder why you worried.

Details of each point can be found in Making the Big Move, originally published as a trade paperback, now available for instant download.

How to Pack Your "Essential Box" During Relocation

Relocation is nothing less than a roller coaster ride and during the whole process a lot of things need to be taken care of. From the very first day you decide to relocate, there are a number of things that starts appearing and that has to be taken care of meticulously. One of the important things during relocation is “essential box”!

An essential box is something that is important for you because it will contain all the essential items that you will need during your last day at your old home as well as during the first day at your new home. It will contain all the essential items that are necessary for everyday use from soaps, to towel to your toothbrush to the other essential items of kitchen and everything.

An “essential box” is the first box that must be packed at the end of the entire thing and is opened first when you reach your new home. Unpacking everything on the very first day when you reach your new home is not actually possible. And, so if you will have this essential box ready, you can just open it up easily and do with your everyday work. Also, it will help you during the last days at your old home because then you must have packed all the essential items.

Here I am going to inform you on certain important items that must be packed in your essential box. Let’s find them out…

1. Bathroom and toilet items

This section must be inclusive of certain items necessary for your toilet and bathroom which includes a toothbrush, sanitizer, towel, combs, toilet paper, shaving kit, shampoo, hairdryer, bathroom towel and other cosmetic items that are important for everyday use. These are the essential items of bathroom and toilet that you need every day no matter what and they can’t be avoided even for a single day.

2. Items of the Bedroom

There are certain items of the bedroom that you will necessarily need for having a sound sleep after long and hectic hours. The items of the bedroom include bed sheets, blanket, pillows, night dresses for the whole family and other important items that you and the family members will need while taking rest on the last at your old home or on the first day at your new home.

3. Necessary items for kids

It is very important that during the whole process you take care that your kids are at ease and are comfortable. It is great to pack certain things that your kids can enjoy during the whole process which can include toys, craft item, crayons, pencils and other items. Also, you could include certain game items, books and notebooks for your kids. This will make the entire tiring process of packing and moving a little easier and they can enjoy it in their own way.

4. Taking care of the Pets

Handling pets during the whole process of packing and moving is very delicate thing and it needs to be done with great precision. If you have dogs, cats or any other pet, it is you who needs to be careful about making it comfortable for them. You need to carry along in your essential box certain items to feed your pet as per its everyday schedule. And, also it can be great if you can have some toys for toys.

5. Essential items from kitchen

This part is very important because no matter what you cannot just survive skipping a single meal and be it the last day at your old home or the first day at your new home you will need certain items from kitchen to prepare your meal. Some of these items include cups, plastic plates, soap for washing your utensils, beverages, some ready to cook meal and others. Also, make sure to include snacks that you can have after long and hectic hours of work during the entire process.

6. Essential items to clean it up

Make sure to keep with yourself certain cleaning items that you will essentially need reaching first at your new home. Some of these cleaning items that you will need to include can be broom, mops sponges, detergents, Newspapers, clothe pieces and various other items.

7. Other essential items

There are various other essential items that will be required at the first hand at your new home or on the last day at your old home. These items will include laptop, torch, tool box, emergency, light bulb and various other items

How To Properly Pack Your Books For A Move

Being concerned about the safety of the books during a move might not seem a big deal. Not unless you really care about those books. Plus, some books worth a fortune of many hundreds or thousands of dollars. Rare, antique books which worth that much, must be preserved in special conditions, in order to reduce any potential damage. However, the general guidelines for packing books apply to them.

The first thing anyone should do when packing books, is to make an inventory list. When owning valuable books, keeping close records about their condition and placement is mandatory. The next to do is to group and arrange your book collection. Books will be sorted by various desired parameters: age, category, size, etc. This will also give you the opportunity to determine which books are not worth taking. If you have copies of some books, or simply, you do not want to take them, you should place those books separately and figure out what to do with them later.

You can either donate them for charity or gift them to some friends or relatives.

Getting adequate moving supplies for boxes can pose serious problems. If you have rare books that will be placed in a container for several hours or more, you should pick dust-free metal shelves and containers. Wood is not an option, unless varnished with adequate liquids.

For regular books, you can buy cardboard book boxes that come in all sizes. It is important to check the physical integrity of ever packing box. Look for signs of physical deterioration, including tears and holes – moving a heavy pile of books in an unreliable box is a recipe for disaster. Use packing paper for books and use adequate cushioning materials to fill in the gaps. To seal and reinforce the boxes, using packing tape is the usual, most effective solution. Apply layers of packing tape at the bottom of each box and at the side seam.

In case of rare, valuable books, packing should be done individually. Preferably, they should be packed in suitcases or specially designed containers. Depending on the volume of books and you preferences, you can pack books upright, flat or with spines down. When packing books flat, you must make sure to place the heavier ones at the bottom of each box. Follow all safety rules and keep the weight of each box at comfortable levels. Carrying too heavy boxes can cause injuries and damage to your belongings.

Moving? Pack an Emotional First Aid Kit

From Making the Big Move: how to transform relocation into a creative life transition.

For a wilderness trek, you pack sunscreen, bandages, and insect repellent. When you relocate to a new home or a new job, you face loneliness and upheaval, not alligators or killer mosquitoes.

Here’s what to include in your emotional first aid kit.

Coping phrases for frazzled moments.

“There is time to do whatever I need.”

“I will always have options.”

“No matter what happens, I know I can cope.”

Phone numbers of friends and family who will laugh or cry with you.

Photos of family, friends, special places, and pets;

Tapes of meditation, inspiration and visualization.

DON’T pack:

Wet blankets: Leave behind the “friends” who share horror stories. They’ll smother your dreams.

Expensive treats: A maxed-out credit card creates stress. Think of small ways to reward yourself.

Things you always meant to do (you probably won’t read War and Peace while waiting for the moving van to arrive).

Pack seasick tablets and you’ll probably walk through a storm. Prepare for the worst and you’ll probably wonder why you worried.

Details of each point can be found in Making the Big Move, originally published as a trade paperback, now available for instant download.