Life in the Big City: How to Survive Your Move

They say that moving is stressful.

But for some people, packing up all your stuff and starting over in a new city crosses over the border of stressful to feelings that are closer to traumatic.

Throw in switching from a small town to a larger city, and things can feel even more overwhelming.

It’s something we encounter all the time in the world of residential storage. And while we’re happy to help those people find a place to store their stuff, we don’t mind imparting some advice on how to adjust to their new surroundings.

Here are five things you can do to feel more at home in your new home.

1. Unpack your stuff

Couple relaxing after moving in and unpacking

You spent days, if not weeks, boxing up all your stuff and the idea of unpacking it all when you move in might feel overwhelming.

Still, bite the bullet and unpack your things. Having everything put away – or having to fish through boxes to get the things you need – can make it feel like you’re camping in your new place, a feeling that gets old pretty quickly.

But when you start to unpack, you’ll begin to make your house – or apartment – feel like a home. Hang up family pictures, put out your favorite books and give the personal items you cherish a place of prominence, and you’ll begin to feel more comfortable in your new space.

2. Explore your surroundings

Young woman checking out her new neighborhood in the cityAfter you’ve unpacked, it’s time to start exploring your new neighborhood. The best way to do this is on foot, especially if you’re in a bustling city, where parking and traffic can be a giant headache.

Find the closest grocery store, the place you can go for coffee, for quick takeout dinners and for drinks with friends. Learn the quickest way to get from your house to your job, whether that’s on foot, by car or using public transit.

3. Break out of your shell

New neighbors getting to know each otherIt’s not always easy to just go up and talk to strangers. But you’ll want to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Not only is this a good way to make new friends or connections, it also doesn’t hurt to have someone you can rely on if you lock yourself out or need your mail picked up while you’re out of town.

And start to seek out new experiences, whether that means joining a softball league at work, volunteering your time with your church or your kid’s school or finding a club that’s devoted to your favorite hobby.

4. Stay in touch

It’s ok to experience homesickness and talking about how you’re feeling – stressed, scared, sad – with friends and family can be an easy form of therapy. Make plans to reconnect in person. If things are really tough, it will give you something to look forward to.

5. Set up new routines

You used to be able to get up at 9 a.m. and be at work 15 minutes later. Now your boss expects you in at 8, which means waking up at 6 to make sure you get everything done in time to catch the train.

Woman exercising early in the morningThe point is, a lot of things have changed, including your daily routines. Look for ways to hang on to the things you love while still adhering to your new routine. For example, you can start working out in the evening instead of before work.

And remember that this is a new beginning, not the end of something you loved. Relocation depression is common and doesn’t vanish overnight, but eventually, your new home really will feel like home.

But that new place might not have the residential storage space you need. That’s OK. We do. Visit Delta Storage – with residential storage locations in Brooklyn, Jersey City and Bayonne – to find affordable, safe and easy-to-access storage units.

We’ll be happy to offer up a place for you to keep your stuff while you do the important work of getting used to your new space.