Very recently I had to unexpectedly move home, I knew it was coming but it was still short notice as my move was due to splitting up with my partner. I’ve only moved to a new house once before as an adult, and I had weeks to prepare for that so when I was thrown into the situation again I was glad to be able to call upon a few tips that I’d remembered from the first time. Moving home can be difficult at the best of times but adding in a disability can only complicate things further, that’s what I’ve found myself anyway. So, I thought I’d share a few tips that I’ve learnt from moving home twice in one year!
- Take advantage of anyone offering to help
If you are like me, someone who strives to be as independent as possible, then you probably find asking for help difficult and accepting it even harder, but this is not the time to be stubborn. I was lucky to have my grandparents an hour away from where I was living and they helped immensely with packing and transporting my belongings but I would have benefitted from more help. You probably don’t realise how much stuff you have, I certainly didn’t, so get as much help and support as you can to pack it all up.
- Plan, plan and plan again
Now, this time round I couldn’t plan, everything was a little rushed but if you can then plan as much as you can. Allocate certain rooms to certain days when it comes to packing and a write a list of anything important that you’ll need in a suitcase, this way you won’t find yourself rummaging through bags on your first night in your new home, desperately trying to find your phone charger or medication. I’d recommend applying to redirect your post at least a few weeks before you move, this gives Royal Mail plenty of time to sort it and guarantees that your post will be redirected from your requested date.
- Tackle everything in small chunks
I incorporate pacing into my everyday life, breaking down tasks into more manageable chunks so I don’t burn out quickly and this is also something that I made sure to stick to when it came to packing and moving. I wanted everything done quickly but after just 10 minutes of packing my pain was reaching unbearable levels and I realised I was going to have to pace moving. I’d pack for 5 minutes and then rest for 5 minutes, it didn’t get things done quickly but at least I wasn’t collapsing in exhaust by midday. Combine this with help from family and friends and it should make the whole process a lot easier and more manageable.
- Write a list of places to inform of the move
Without my list of places to inform of the address change I would be lost, and likely forgetting many important places and people. This is where redirecting your post should help but that will run out eventually so take time to compile a list, start as early as possible. Hospitals and banks were the places that popped to mind first but it took me a while to realise that I needed to change my address for voting! They’ll always be somewhere you forget so go through the list with someone else, they should be able to help fill in the gaps. Being disabled meant that my mind was very focused on letting all my hospitals, doctors etc know about the move and this meant I often forgot the basics.