If it's time to downsize, that means moving. Moving can be hard, stressful, a royal pain-you name it. No matter how on board a person is with moving or how short of a move in distance it will be, no one welcomes the actual process of packing, hauling, and unpacking. Did we mention packing? Thankfully, the more you move, the better you get at it.
Military families well-versed in frequent moves will tell you that staying organized is the most important key to minimize stress and get to the new location without murdering anyone. Using a move organizer can help make moving a smoother process for both the ones moving and the caregivers involved.
Types of Move Organizers
The Old Tried and True "Carry With You"
Move organizers are available on tablets and smartphones; however, not everyone appreciates this method over traditional binder and paper organizers. There are benefits to writing things down, as noted by many psychologists. Writing has come to the forefront of scientific research in the last couple decades. Psychologists see that writing is much more than a physical act of communication. Writing involves many mental processes that facilitate memory recall, organization, planning, goal setting, problem solving, evaluation, and even diagnostic processes. Dr. Carl Bereiter puts it this way: "Writing is, of course, easily recognized as an activity in which a good deal of human intelligence is put to use." It is like communicating with yourself, but in a sophisticated and organized manner that opens a lot of thought channels. Writing it all down by hand may open up new avenues of consideration and memory that make moving go more smoothly.
Why Carry More than You Need to?
A move organizer to write in may help keep mental clarity and problem solving skills sharp, more so than an app. Yet apps aren't without merit. Many moving organizer apps are available for free, and some may be downloaded for a small fee. Smart device apps have benefits over traditional planners in the sense that some of them will help keep a timeline of week by week advice to stay on a timely track and will send reminder messages of appointments and deadlines. Some will give helpful tips on how to hire a good mover and what to expect from a home inspection. They can keep an inventory of the home and even allow users to reserve rental trucks or other relevant services through the app. A neat feature is the ability to "add a room" and delegate inventory for that particular bedroom, office, or kitchen, virtually organizing the next home in advance.
Whether you have a smart phone, tablet, or pen and paper, you have options when it comes to staying organized for the entire process of moving. Most important is using the move organizer you are comfortable with.
Staying Organized Reduces Stress
Moving is one of life's most stressful events. Planning for the move is the time when there are the most balls up in the air. It is the time when a person juggles real-estate agents, movers, deadlines, phone calls, and various other appointments. A move organizer can help people stay organized and therefore reduce stress, sleep loss, and over or undereating. If you forget what time the closing is, you can look back in the organizer. If you need to make a to-do list, the organizer can help keep track of what has been done and what still needs to be tackled. Everything is all in one place. It won't take all of the stress out of moving and everything that goes into helping someone else move, but it will help.
Caregivers are known to struggle with the ordinary day to day stresses of caring for another person. Moving compounds that stress. In fact, according to Dr. Eli Puterman of the University of California, "highly stressed caregivers of people with Alzheimer's have accelerated biological aging and increased risk for age-related diseases." Move organizers can be a saving grace for one of the most stressful times in life people go through, particularly when it comes to helping someone else move who can't manage the move alone or who may still be struggling with leaving a familiar home for the unknown.
It is never a bad thing to use resources that can reduce stress and give peace of mind. When it comes to moving, there are options to staying organized and looking forward to what lies ahead.
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Puterman, Eli (2014). Improving Caregivers' Daily Lives with Exercise: A Randomized Study. Alzheimer's Association. Available at http://www.alz.org/research/alzheimers_grants/for_researchers/overview-2014.asp?grants=2014puterman. Last visited May 24, 2016.