When your buddy is relocating, there are two main ways for helping a friend move. If he/she is hiring professional movers, you can assist in finding the most reliable one by inquiring among your acquaintances about their experiences. If he/she is relocating on his/her own, you can help by carrying boxes. Or, if that is not an option, in several other ways during that time-consuming and emotional activity. Besides, one of the most important contributions you can offer in this stressful period is to provide stability and emotional support.
Clearly, each life-changing event is stressful. But moving away to another city and leaving everything you have built and friendships you have made behind can be particularly traumatic. Firstly, because you get tangled up in a complicated moving process and secondly because you are venturing into the unknown and uncharted territory.
Getting used to the unfamiliar environment, a different way of life and a new job requires a lot of strength and real friends are there to give comfort and encouragement. You need to overcome the sadness of separation yourself as well, which makes the task even more challenging. Sometimes, just talking about the prospects of new life, hopes and concerns can be of enormous help. If you do some research about your friend’s new destination, you can provide him/her with the reassurance that it is a good opportunity and that your friendship will survive the long distance. Let them know that you will be visiting whenever you can. Anyway, keep in mind that you will be only a phone call or a message away.
When it comes to the packing process, even if your buddy is an experienced mover and has organized the process well, he/she will still love having company, someone to talk to and consult when in doubt. Not only will the time go faster, but also the relocation process will be less gloomy. And if your friend is not that skilled in moving and everything seems a bit chaotic, you can provide some reason and organization. You can also suggest the right packing method, bring food and beverage, etc.
It’s not just carrying packages around that will be considered helpful, but also other little things that are easily neglected. For example, you can lend your pal your car to do some errands which just keep popping up constantly during the relocation process. Or you can assist them in making a list of items that need to be moved or bought.
Also, you can assist by taking your friend’s pet for a walk or even taking it to your place during the turmoil of packing and loading the packages into the truck. All those strange people coming in and out of the house carrying stuff can be stressful for the pet and your buddy will be grateful it’s taken care of.
Boxes and other packing materials are essential assets when relocating, so you can also be helpful by bringing extra boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, packing tape, and whatever else you can think of and find.
As mentioned above, the most important thing before packing is selecting the items to be packed and the ones that need to be thrown away, donated or even sold if in good condition. We are all reluctant to relinquish certain old items that lost their purpose a while ago, so a fresh pair of eyes will help to make the right decision objectively. You can suggest which items are in a good state and can be sold and maybe even organize a garage sale or online sale. Not only will it bring your buddy extra cash, but it will also reduce the relocation costs significantly.
As insignificant as it may seem, labeling can facilitate the unpacking process a lot. So, either advise your friends to buy labels and pencils or do it yourself. If you can find labels in various colors, even better. A specific color can be assigned to each room, which will make the unpacking process much easier once you know which box goes where.
Boxes are rarely a surplus when relocating, so bring just a few along with other packing materials or better still, ask them what they need and drop by to deliver it. You can never estimate exactly how much packing paper or tape you will need and what can be more annoying than to leave everything and run around looking for it? So, this is again where your help would be much appreciated.
Packing demands huge physical effort and it’s tedious, so your pal might easily forget that he/she needs a lunch break. Provide him/her with some food and beverage and have lunch together. You should make the meal simple, something that does not require heating or washing dishes, but will provide your companion with just enough energy to finish the packing. Also, some cookies or fruit for a better mood. If you cannot come, have some food delivered to their home, but let him/her know in advance to avoid misunderstanding.
Moving day is the most challenging day in the relocation process, so try to be as helpful and efficient as you can. If it’s a weekend day, get there early to wrap up the packing and load the stuff in the truck. Also, bring some coffee and doughnuts for a cheerful beginning of a difficult job. There are a number of options you can be helpful with, such as watching the kids or pets, cleaning the house, running out for additional supplies, but most of all by keeping a positive atmosphere. If professional movers are hired, the task will be much easier.
Everything is easier with a friend. Packing in an empty house can be really sad. Besides, this can be your special time together, as you can chat about everything that comes to your mind, making the time pass quicker.
Also, it may be inspirational for you to see your buddy turning a new leaf and this is a good opportunity to discuss the options of your future. Make frequent breaks for coffee or cookies and talk about the past and the future in a positive manner to ease the stress.
As you start packing, there are a number of items you can associate with certain shared moments in your lives. And what better time to evoke memories and suggest new ways of keeping in touch than this?