As many of you know I have been preparing for a HUGE move. The move has been a long time coming, a lot of planning and a lot of stress. Yesterday, I gave away a jacket that I LOVED because I no longer wore it. In fact I think the last time I wore it was three years ago. Embarrassingly it was the green corduroy jacket from New Moon, yes that Twilight movie. (The worst one!) But I loved the jacket, and despite the two little bleach spots on the back, that you could hardly notice, I used to wear it all the time. I know you’re thinking “Why in the world did she give the jacket away if it brought her joy? ” (bringing in some Marie Kondo into the mix). The answer is yes it did. And this is where Mrs. Kondo and I disagree. After crunching some numbers, looking at the enormous amount of International movers, and stressing about the statistics revolving cargo ships, we realized they do not give you a lot of room. Cubic feet is hard! So hard choices had to be made! And MORE BOOKS had to be tossed. (a few dramatic tears happened when the books left.)
There is now my new issue. I have gone into full crazy mode. Meaning? Well, I have catalogued everything I am keeping on an excel worksheet that is in a numbered box. I have even researched online, talked to a few friends who have already moved, on how I should prep my boxes for the big move. One friend became my super hero when she told me that I should get bags that I suck the air out of, that way I can fit more stuff into a box. (IE clothing and other linens). Having this kind of information has really alleviated some stress.
So, what is up with the winded blog post? Oh, yes I am writing a blog post not a journal entry. Ok, the point. I am giving my best tips for moving, either internationally (like me) or domestically. Trust me moving doesn’t have to be a nightmare, tons of planning can help you alleviate some stress and worry.
- Get organized! This is the most important thing you should do. Even if you aren’t very organized this is a must. Oh and don’t procrastinate! Make lists, and don’t worry if you lose things you can keep your lists in an online cloud or on your computer. Or if you’re me, both! Make sure that you start planning as soon as possible! Do some research and read some reviews. Knowing that someone used the same service as you and had an amazing experience settles the nerves a little. Also, see if they provide anything like packing materials or if they do the packing. Yes, this applies to moving state to state, across town or even internationally.
- Clear the Clutter! Remember when I said that you have to no procrastinate and get organized? Well, that comes into play here and pretty much everywhere. It is always a good idea to get rid of things you have been hanging on to just to hang on to it, broken things or things you didn’t even know you had! It is a pretty good choice to ditch something when you haven’t used it, forgot about it, or were surprised you had it. Purging is NOT easy, and it serious makes you feel materialistic. But trust me the more you get rid of the better you feel. Or at least that is what I keep telling myself. 🙂
- Keep your goods labeled, and cataloged. I have an excel spreadsheet listing items in a box and the box is numbered. Now I know that may seem a little drastic but the domestic Queen herself Martha Stewart said that it is best to label the heck out of your boxes. Another tip she gives, especially if you are using movers, is to make sure your name is on your boxes. IE Carter Family. If you have a common last name I would probably use your first initial along with the last name. Why you ask? Well, it is because(domestically) your stuff is moved with other people’s things. I am not sure about internationally, I think you get your own crate but you never know!
- Have a back up plan. Have a list of numbers of your second and third choice in movers. See it is a good thing to prepare! Just in case that rare moment happens, your movers don’t show up. If your are moving internationally you might want to make sure that you have a couple of movers on your list that could bring your stuff to your new home. After watching a couple of reality tv shows where couples move from one place to another in Europe, it seems almost common (in some places) to have someone flake out on you.
- Get a Massage. I know this doesn’t really have anything to do with moving, per say. But think about it. It totally makes sense. You are moving all your prized possessions to a new home or state. It is a big moment in your life. In addition you deserve to be pampered, having done all that planning, research, packing and who knows what else! Get a massage, or better yet a couples massage.
I know I should give you a ton more advice, or at least it feels that way, but really moving is just this! Go with the flow, and remember the more you plan the better off you and your move will go. Also, having a backup plan will benefit you beyond words. Trust me! You don’t want to be all packed and not have a plan, that is usually why moving sucks!
Until next time, happy moving!