Moving can be a stressful experience for couples, according to Somaia Mohamed, a psychologist in the New Haven area. Not only can the process of packing and unpacking lead to arguments, but it is often linked to other important life events that couples must navigate together. Even if both partners are excited about the move, it can still be overwhelming. A survey of 1,000 Americans who had recently moved revealed that 45% found the process to be the most stressful event in their lives.
However, it seems that the more times a couple moves together, the less likely they are to experience relationship problems. Less than half of couples who had moved in together more than twice reported any issues with their relationship during later moves, and only 10% of those were serious. The survey also found that packing their belongings (48%) was the most stressful part of the move, followed closely by deciding what to keep and what to donate or dispose of (47%). 94% of Americans who used a moving company for their last big move said it was “worth every penny”.
When researchers asked 2,000 people in the UK who had moved in the past three years about stressful life events, 61% rated the move as more stressful than anything else they had experienced, even more than divorce. It is important to declutter before a move so that you don't waste time and energy moving things that don't matter. Whether you use a moving company or not, respondents say that moving furniture through doors and up and down stairs were the main stress points of an independent move. With the right attitude, it is possible to look beyond uncertainties and move to a new apartment without feeling overwhelmed.
A house move is a good excuse to implement a clutter-free lifestyle so that you can make the most of your new home.