Create somewhat of a plan
While my move was more out of the blue, I knew I would move in the next month and so I had begun planning what I would do and where I would go should I end up homeless in between apartment leases. I booked a hotel (since it was around graduation) just in case and made sure there was no cancellation fee. I also talked with my boyfriend about what times he’d be able to help me since his summer internship had already started.
Prepare Yourself Mentally
While this is easier said than done I found that talking to my cat about moving eased me oddly enough. Probably because she’d just prance away from me happily not a care in the world after I’d talk to her about our new home. Yes, I do talk to my cat but it’s very therapeutic especially when you live alone. Bailey has a lot of facial expressions so I feel like I get nonverbal feedback during our conversation.
Sure you could just call it packing but pre-packing is before all hell breaks loose and you are madly trying to shove everything left into any open spot. No, pre-packing is the relaxing time where you actually enjoy packing because it is just the start. During my pre-packing I organized and packet my winter clothes and any clothing I wasn’t using. Then I moved on to the extra supplies I had in cabinets and under the sink, just trying to help myself in any way I could.
The BIG day
Somehow after all the planning nothing seemed to go right on the big moving day, to read that story click here, it was a crazy one. I learned that you just have to roll with the punches. This worked out to a certain extent but of course we all want everything to go correctly just be calm when things go crazy. Just know that you will get moved in eventually and your legs will stop hurting from climbing all those stairs eventually, just hang in there!
Look at the positive
Even when I was certain there was black mold in my AC unit I tried my best to just think about the positives. I was now moving into a one-bedroom instead of a two, and I got to move in before my other contract ended so I did not have to use the hotel reservation. Having a positive attitude can help you stay pleasant when speaking multiple times on the phone with your apartment complex, so try as hard as you can and find something good to look at.
Don’t work during your move if possible
Before I moved, I didn’t know when I was going to move so I couldn’t really ask for days off. While one of my bosses let me take two days off my other job did not, which made it more difficult. Having to stop shower get dressed when everything you own is in boxes makes your life chaotic. While it was possible, I would rather just take the time off and dedicate it to solely moving.
Make it Home
After all the moving and all the flights of stairs and problems I was pretty drained. My life was still in boxes but now in my new apartment, in ways I just felt defeated. The rush of adrenaline was gone, and I was now left to unpack everything I had spent so much time packing. Making my bed and adding the comforter just made the apartment really come to life. It went from a stone cold old faded mattress into a place I could see myself living in happily. This one change turned my mood around and I quickly got into organizing and cleaning. Find that one thing that makes it feel like home to get you in the right mindset to tackle the rest.
Moving is always going to be stressful but take in strides and take it one moment at a time, we’ve all gone through it, and you’re not alone!