3 Free Tips to Stay Sane When You’re Moving


By now the Universe and unnamed distant cosmoses know that we’re moving.  This week is the week.

The word stressful is much too tame to describe the atmosphere around our house.  Packing boxes are everywhere; if we could easily hang them from the ceiling, we probably would, simply to make still living here a little less hazardous.

First tip: packing boxes

You can no longer go dumpster-diving behind grocery stores to get your packing boxes.  Now you need to make a formal request.  You call the night manager around 11 p.m. to reserve those valued produce boxes and then make sure you arrive at the store no later than 7 a.m. the next morning to retrieve them.

If you buy new boxes, Home Depot and Lowe’s offer the same prices on their small, medium and large boxes.  However, the Lowe’s boxes have handles.  Important when you pack and move three dozen or so boxes filled with books.

What can I say?  I love books and no, that does not make me a bookie!

Second tip: connect with Facebook garage sales

Everybody knows about Craigslist; you probably have your own stories of success or horror.  Personally, I’ve always had good luck selling stuff.  In fact, last week, we decided to sell our small-capacity washer and dryer on Craigslist and less than 48 hours after making the decision, it was out of here!

In addition to Craigslist, there are city- and area-wide Facebook garage sales that are super cool!  Folks sell everything from baby clothes to furniture and even cars.  You may even know the seller because you’re in much closer proximity that Craigslist.  Some say it’s safer to do the Facebook group thing but I’ll let you know after I buy something (not moving anything I don’t have to!).

You can do what’s called an ISO on the Facebook neighborhood garage sale too.  Stands for in search of.”

Third tip: make sure you eat Asian food while you’re packing

When you’re packing and cleaning to move, the last thing you want to do is think about cooking dinner.  We’ve been eating out a lot and about a week ago, dropped in to our favorite Asian chain eatery, Pei Wei.  Five fortune cookies later, I realized that the Keebler elves were packing those little pieces of paper into my cookies.

The similarities between the fortunes and my life as a packing and moving queen are eerie.  See what you think:

Don’t be surprised by the emergence of undiscovered talents! Well, duh!  I can pack a box and a car’s trunk with about 1/72nd of a square inch to spare.

Luck helps those who help themselves. Were we lucky that our application was “selected” over another couples?  I think not!  We helped ourselves by wowing them with an introductory package they couldn’t ignore.

Treasure what you have.  Yes indeed.  Pack those valuable possessions up nice and tight, especially anything that belonged to my mama.

Bide your time, for success is near.  We toured some icky homes before we found this one to love.  There were a few days when the prospects looked a little bleak, but we never gave up. (I do confess to an exhausted crying jag one night, but hey, I’m human.)

You will move to a wonderful new home within the year.  ‘Nuff said.  Glad we didn’t have to wait for much more of the year to pass.

I’ve never met anyone who actually enjoys moving.  It’s crazy and tedious and yes, stressful.  But if you can keep your attitude as light as possible, laugh often and don’t forget to breathe, you’ll be miles ahead in the moving game.

Have any wild and crazy moving stories to share?  Or other moving tips?  Please write in the comments section below.

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  1. Sandy says:

    Last Thanksgiving I was informed by the new owner of the house I was living in, was to move into the apartment I had lived in for nearly 6 years. I had 6 weeks to find another place that would allow me to keep the 9 cats choosing to live with me. I was shocked, then I tried to accept, but had extreme difficulty doing so. Well, through God and my deceased boyfriend, I located a great place. I had so many boxes packed to go, I couldn’t figure out how much stuff had been hiding in my small apt. Jan.1, we began moving in, I woke up feeling so sick I could not assist in the move. I spent 2 days in bed, it became a blur. Well through all the difficulty only a few things have been lost. I love our new place and so do all my cats. God and loved ones are always there when we need them. 😉

    • Beth says:

      Sandy, thanks so much for your comment. Sometimes simply hanging on through the dark times is good enough to help us burst into the light. Grateful that your situation worked out so well!

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