Study: Americans overwhelmed with stress when moving
According to a new survey released by SpareFoot.com, Americans move an average of six times throughout their lives, and the U.S. Census Bureau projects that 40 million Americans will add another home to their list this year. Of those, 65 percent will move between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
In a study, SpareFoot explored the effects of moving and decluttering, from its impact on relationships to psychological repercussions. The findings reveal that Americans of all ages struggle to part with sentimental items and view the entire moving process as stressful.
The study found that moving with a partner can be tough on relationships, and three out of five (58 percent) feel moving is a bigger challenge than wedding planning. Further, 31 percent of Americans who were moving in with a partner – including 46 percent of millennials – say they had some of their worst arguments while moving.
The study found that moving is especially stressful for parents, and as they prepare to relocate their family, 69 percent of American parents say they prioritize their child’s needs over their significant other’s needs.
Additionally, the actual process of moving with children takes longer – up to eight days longer, on average. Wading through the sentimental value of a child’s belongings may contribute to the longer move, as 81 percent of parents admit that they kept a child’s possession, even when their son or daughter gave them permission to get rid of it.
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