Mental Wellness: Moving Stress

Once again, my personal life is going to dictate a blog post, my days are officially numbered in my apartment as I impatiently wait to move into my new apartment (which will be a mile away from work, a couple hundred yards away from the boy, in a better neighborhood, and overall a much, much nicer apartment). I have 11 days left in my apartment and I decided last night to get a bit of a head start on packing.

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I actually got a good chunk of my stuff packed up yesterday. I have been methodically planning out my move to make it as stress free as possible. I have moved every single year at least once since I was 18 (I’m 25), so I sort of know what works and what doesn’t. Here are my personal tips (through many years of trial and error) that I have found work for me to have as little stress as possible when moving.

1.) On your first trip to the new place, bring your cleaning supplies and clean the new place (so much easier to clean an empty place than a place full of stuff). Apply the same sentiments to your old place. I don’t bother doing any major deep cleaning until I am pretty well moved out. It just makes it easier to clean without other stuff being in your way. So what I do is on my first trip to the new place, I bring cleaning supplies and then when I go back to the old place to get more things, I bring back the cleaning supplies. Make sense?

2.) Pack with purpose. I’ll admit that I have a few boxes that are “Misc.” or “Random Junk” but for the most part, I try to make sure that everything that belongs in the bathroom is in a box, everything that belongs in the closet is in a box (minus the next tip I have…). And then label those boxes. I started packing 12 days before I’m going to move. There is no way I’m going to remember what is in what box.

3.) Use what you have. Instead of buying bubble wrap to wrap up my dishes, I use clean blankets and clothes to wrap up my fragile dishes. I find this works just as well as buying bubble wrap and then you don’t have to waste money on bubble wrap (even though it is insanely fun…).

4.) Plan ahead. I try to keep boxes throughout the year to help out with moving (especially if I know I am going to be moving). So I keep my coffee maker box, and the box my tea pot came in, etc. If you know you are going to be moving, start planning ahead as much as possible. Figure out if you can get boxes from work (ask first!) or ask friends if they can get you boxes from work. Ask around at stores if they have any boxes you could have (they can be broken down because you can just “invest” a couple bucks in packing tape). But really, there isn’t (in my opinion) any need to buy fancy nice packing boxes when there are a lot of options for getting free ones if you are willing to plan ahead and ask around.

5.) Again with planning ahead, have a plan of how you want the move to look. So I usually prefer to move all the big stuff first and then start moving boxes but I’m adjusting since das boy (aka my boyfriend and Mr. Muscles) won’t be able to help until later. So I have a plan to make sure that I get all the little stuff moved so that when he helps me, it’s just a few trips of the big stuff (for me, mattress, futon mattress, book shelf, and a desk). I should be able to move everything else on my own.

6.) Label heavy boxes. And make sure boxes are actually able to be moved. I made this error when I was moving from Kentucky to Iowa and I put all (and I do mean all) of my books into one box. It’s a mistake I will not make again.

What are some of your tips and tricks to make the stress of moving, well, less stressful?

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