It’s rough to handle the stress that comes with moving. Maybe your kids are panicking over changing schools, or you’re worried about being farther away from your loved ones. We’ve been there. A move means more than unpacking physical belongings, but mentally unpacking all the emotions that come from adjusting to a new space. Give yourself time to adjust. Here are a few tips on how to cope with an emotional move.

Get Everyone Involved

Some of the younger family members might be resistant to a move because it means change, and a loss of routine. Help them adjust by giving them some control of the situation. If you’re building a home, let them help pick out the color of their room or add a backyard playset or a living room nook that gives them their own space. A move should be more than just change. It should be something to look forward to as well.

Throw a Party

For movers young and old, the idea of separating from friends and close family can be cause for an emotional move. A send-off party lets you and the kids have the whole gang together one last time at the old place. This is also an opportunity to create a photo or other keepsake so they’re never too far away. It doesn’t have to be an all-out bash, either. Maybe setting up a monthly lunch date or skype call will help everyone stay in touch with your friends on a regular basis. This goes both ways. Saying hello to your new neighbors with a barbeque or welcome dinner lets you and the family mingle in with your new community. 

Get Familiar With Your New Home

Unless you’re doing a major relocation, there’s no reason why you and your family can’t visit your new neighborhood before the big move. Let the kids visit their future school, or play in the nearby park. Familiarize yourself with nearby amenities and find the best pizza joint in the town. Exploring your new surroundings will help it feel like home.

Pay Homage to Your Old Home

Moving doesn’t mean you need to forget the past. Keeping family photos or keepsakes from the old space will help create a sense of familiarity in your new environment. A different space is also a great opportunity to add pictures. Group shots of loved ones will help liven up the space and keep a piece of your old home and memories around the house.

Catch Up on Zzz’s

On top of the stress from an emotional move, you may find you’re not getting as much sleep in your new home. According to a recent ​study​, our brain goes on “night-watch mode” when sleeping in a new environment. In the wild, this could save your life. But for new movers, it means some restless nights. Make time in your schedule for a few more hours of sleep or find a way to take a nap.


There are tons of ways to get or stay connected once you’re in your new home. You can stay in touch with your friends and family by hosting a housewarming party. To branch out, you can forge new connections with your neighbors. There are typically private online groups to say hi to the community, or view upcoming events such as garage sales or block parties to get involved. Either way, you can rely on your community to help make the move that much more comfortable.

We want to help you make your house a home. ​Talk to us​ for any info regarding your move. As a West Michigan business, we know the area and can help you find roots in your new community.