I am sorry that I have been MIA for a couple of months, but finishing school and getting a bachelor was incredible and difficult at the same time. Now I am starting a new chapter in my life with work, and still making time for friends, family, and trying to find a healthy work-life balance has been a little though. Who said adulthood was fun eh? (joking)
I am thrilled to add more challenges to my life, and eager to see how all these new challenges will be overcome. This post is about moving and all the struggle and stress that comes with it. Moving is hard but also good, I have been feeling quite bittersweet about leaving home. Doing something that requires you to step out of your comfort is always challenging and it scary. But keep in mind that every challenge we get in life, would be there to teach you a lesson and show your strengths.
One of my main goals to achieve out of this experience is to wholly trust in God’s provision and not try to control everything too much. I am already stressed by logistics and financial aspects of moving but I realized that if I am not too focused in controlling every single detail, my mind processes things better.
Sometimes a fresh starts will teach you all those things you wouldn’t learn inside of your comfort zone otherwise. It would feel like a splash of cold water at your face while you were asleep, waking you up and realizing that there are things you were missing out in your sleep.
And at the end… everything will be okay!
Moving has not only taught how to face new challenges but also a couple of other things. Some tips that I would love to share with you all, and maybe they will be helpful one day!
- Get rid of everything: I realized that I had so many unnecessary things that I forgot I had. So, this is the best time to get rid of those things you don’t use or need. The less you have to pack, move, unpack and organize, the better. Moreover, those items that are in good conditions but you don’t need, donate them. There are so many people who would give a better use and would be so happy to use them.
- Create a master moving to-do list: when you move homes, you inevitably end up having 600 different things to do and remember. Don’t let all these tasks and important reminders, no matter how seemingly obvious, slip your mind. Write them down somewhere. Put them in the Notes app on your phone, in the to-do list app Wunderlist that professional organizer Anna Bauer recommends, or go old-school with a giant yellow legal pad. No detail is too insignificant. You just remembered the name of the little bookstore in town that will accept your used novels? Write it down.
- Get moving boxes from your local liquor store: pay a visit to your local liquor store (that’s where you can buy the aforementioned wine) to see if they recycle their used boxes. If so, ask if you can grab a handful so you’re saving a little paper in your moving journey. When my boyfriend told me about going to the liquor store to get the boxes, I was thrilled that I could save some of that money for other expenses!
- Pack ahead: packing little by little is far less stressful than trying to tackle it all in one day. As early as a couple months out, start packing the stuff you know you won’t be using. I started putting away clothes that I knew I was not going to use and the ones that I no longer needed I donated them to a non-profit organization.
- Label moving boxes like a boss: the key to finding your stuff easily is labeling all your packed boxes accurately and clearly. When you’re stacking boxes in a van or car you won’t be able to see their tops, so make sure you label the sides as well
- Use small boxes for heavy items: it sounds obvious, but if you’ve ever known the struggle that is carrying a large cardboard box stuffed full of college textbooks across a parking lot, then you also know this advice cannot be overstated.
- Make copies of important papers: though it might be a tedious project to scan or copy every birth certificate, passport, social security card, proof of insurance paper, and tax claim, you don’t want to risk damaging the only version of your papers in transit. They’re too precious.
- Load boxes from the same rooms together: stack and load boxes in groups according to the rooms indicated on the labels. Put all the kitchen stuff together, all the bedroom stuff together, and all the living room stuff together.