Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Moving is hard, yo.


Moving is a bitch. There really is no two words about it. It's chaotic and stressful and seriously throws everything out of whack for a good few weeks, even after you're on the other side. I'm usually someone who embraces change. I love new adventures and all that jazz but holy wow, do I hate moving. We moved just over a month ago and most of our stuff is unpacked (only two boxes left), but things have only just gotten back to normal. Ish.

I've seen a lot of people move in my life; my grandparents have previously moved 5 times in one neighbourhood alone (their total is more I'm fairly certain), my parents and I have moved 3 times (although I was still young so most of the moving and packing and unpacking of my stuff was done by some adult. Mostly my mom.), I've helped my mom in law  move 4 (maybe 5?) times and D and I have now moved twice. The first time D and I moved was actually us moving in together so it wasn't that stressful because we moved our stuff separately and in stages, but this move was my first major move that I did as adult. And man is it horrific. It's really no wonder that it's actually on the list of top 5 stressful life events

The actual moving went quite quickly and we only did 2 trips with 6 cars, but overall it's a royal pain. But with the help of family, I picked up on some tips that might probably will make the next move a little easier.

1. HIRE A CLEANING SERVICE

DO THIS. Don't even argue. The added stress of worrying about doing a GOOD clean on your old place is just not worth it. You're already worrying about the actual move, so just get a cleaning service in and you'll have peace of mind knowing that your old place will be cleaned properly, quickly and efficiently. There are some great companies out there and the one we used (Amazing Maids) was cheap as chips. Privilege arrived at 07.30, started cleaning immediately after I showed her where all the cleaning stuff was and didn't stop until she was done. And she did a bloody good job too! 

2. GET STUFF TO EAT AND DRINK

Moving is hard work for everyone involved. It means picking up boxes, walking up and down, packing cars, picking up more boxes, and a whole of other sweaty action. Whoever is helping you will get hungry and thirsty and therefore will get HANGRY if they're not fed. Stock up on quick bites like ham and cheese on rolls and make sure you have juice and styrofoam cups and paper plates on hand so you can eat and drink and throw stuff away quickly and not have to bother about washing up. Also make sure you have quick access to knives etc. so you can butter/cut/eat without running around looking for stuff. Most people will also be surprised by how much better they feel once they've had something to nibble and sip on.

3. GET AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN INVOLVED

The more cars you have, the less trips you have to do and the more arms you have, the more boxes and stuff gets moved in a shorter period of time. We had 5 or 6 cars and we only did 2 trips. Also make sure you have someone standing by the cars just to make sure nothing gets stolen. You think I'm joking, but that stuff happens even in Constantia. People see free stuff just sitting on a trailer and it's like a flipping free for all. Guard your stuff. 

4. HAVE PATIENCE

Moving is a huge inconvenience. Like it's seriously a hack. But it has to be done and there's no point in getting irritable on the day. Start the day by knowing and accepting that things are going to be chaotic. Take everything as it comes and don't let things upset you. The last thing you need is to flip out at one of the peeps helping you and upsetting them. Or a neighbour. Just try to take things in your stride.

5. IF YOU HAVE KIDS OR DOGS, LEAVE THEM WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST

Kids and dogs will get in the way and will make you more stressed because you'll constantly want/need to be watching them. The easiest thing to do is to leave them with someone you trust so that they're not in the way and they're also not upset by all the chaos. We left our two yorkies with my Grandfather and they were happy as pigs in poo. We then brought them back later and they could sniff and explore to their hearts delight without being in the way or me worrying about them. The same goes for kids.

6. GET TAKE OUT FOR DINNER THAT NIGHT

For your first night in your new home, just get take out for dinner. It's been a stressful and long day and the last thing anyone feels like doing is cooking. That's if they can even find items to cook with. Take out is easier, and it's comfort food so you kind of feel at home even though your new home is yet to feel like home.

7. MOVE YOUR BOXES INTO A NEATER ARRANGEMENT

This may sound ridiculous but it definitely helps make things feel calmer. During the actual move, everyone will just put boxes wherever they can find space, so once everyone has left, try packing your boxes into neater arrangements. When things appear calmer, you automatically feel calmer. Don't try and unpack stuff your first night - you're stressed and tired like its nobody's business. For now, you can just make things a bit neater and no one will judge you.

8. IF YOU CAN, UNPACK THE THINGS THAT ALWAYS MAKE YOU FEEL AT HOME

Understandably you may not know where most of your stuff is, but if you can, try and unpack things that always make you feel at home as soon as possible. For me, it was unpacking our couch cushions, coffee table flowers, decor and diffuser. For some reason those things always make me feel like I'm home and I'm OBSSESSED with diffusers because I love my home to smell nice. It's likely that your new home won't feel like home for a while, but trying to make it feel like home will definitely make you feel better.

These points definitely made things slightly easier to bare but if anyone has any other tips that could help me next time, please do share! We could all do with some lots of ways to make moving less sucky.

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