TRIANGLE NC

VOL17 ISS2 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 24 MOVING TIPS & TRICKS Everyone gets overwhelmed at the thought of moving. Very few of us have an appreciation for relocating, whether it's across town or across the country. Sarah and Jim lived in the Midwest and were ap- proaching retirement age. Having traveled to the Caroli- nas many times over the years for vacations and to visit family, they both fell in love with "the South." When the time came to make the final decision, there was no other choice as to "where" to retire, but leaving the place they'd called home for most of their lives proved harder than either had anticipated. After six months from the initial move they still had two houses and though the couple had relocated and established residence, they were still finding themselves making frequent trips back to the Midwest to pack a few more "treasures"— while at the same time paying for a storage unit at the new location in which to store them. The point is our homes very easily become part of who we are and even though we decide it's time to move on, taking all of that "home" with you is not very practical nor, most of the time, possible. Plus the stress of trying to take it all with you is not healthy and takes a great deal of fun and excitement away from the new adventures that lay ahead in the new location! Does a stress-free move really exist? Let's see… First look at the big picture. The well-worn phrase "the more things change, the more they stay the same" definitely applies to moving. Yes, everything is new and different — people, places, your new home — but soon you realize "that's okay". It's part of the adventure. If you wanted exactly the same thing you would have never moved in the first place! You will miss your old friends, but you will make new ones. You will miss your favorite diner, but you'll find that quaint little mom and pop café just down the road. Yes, you knew your old home like the back of your hand. You could roll out of bed in the middle of the night, stagger blindly to the bathroom and never stub your toe on a coffee table without even turning on a light. But your new home will have its own character and things you will learn to love – that view of the mountains from the front porch, or sitting in the yard on a summer evening and being able to see the stars and hear the crick- ets. See the big picture and realize that all of this can be, and is, a positive thing! Marla Cilley- "The FlyLady", founder of the popular website www.flylady.net, is the best-selling author of >> Does a Stress-free Move Really Exist? BY STUART JAMES

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