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How to Move and Not Totally Eff It Up

A week ago Sabrael and I moved. It was kind of stressful. We only knew it was happening about 2 weeks before and man was it a roller coaster to get all our stuff in order.

This article is presented here as a part of Throwback Thursday, where we revisit some highlights from the archives of both Sabrael D. Carroll and M.E. Garey. This particular piece comes to you from February 2016.

Neither Sabrael nor I are strangers to moving. We’ve already moved six times now since we’ve been together and it’s not like we were super stationary before that point. Even so getting everything together in such a short time frame was crazy stressful and I’m super glad that’s over (Well, sorta over… I’ll explain.). I’ve learned a few things in this move and those that went before it so I thought I’d share.

  • Truck or Car? – No matter how much you have to move or how it’s getting from point A to point B you will have things you need to access immediately and things that can wait. Keep immediate needs separate. We packed those in our car since the truck was going to our new house while we’re living in in-between space right now until renovations are finished. For us, that meant 2 suitcases of clothes, our cat, Pandora, plus her important belongings, and our electronics plus chargers. I, for one, am very glad that we chose to keep our WiiU and a handful of games with us. Definitely, makes the in-between place feel more like home.
  • Do Not Pack Your Toolbox – Save it for last, maybe put it in with your “car” stuff but for goodness sake don’t pack it in one of those last boxes that are always full of random crap because you will not remember which one it’s in. Trust me. Good thing the movers we hired had a screwdriver or Sab’s desk would have had to stay in the apartment it was built in forever (Ikea really is a blessing and a curse isn’t it?). Don’t have a toolbox? I’m pretty sure you can’t be an adult without having at least a hammer, 2 screwdrivers, and a tape measure. We’re going to have to borrow more tools now too because we need to pull nails out of the walls before we paint them, remove light fixtures, and fix trim. Ooops!
  • Throw Everything Away – Ok, maybe not everything but at least everything you’ve considered getting rid of at least once, now is the time. Not only will it save you time on packing, you won’t have to load/unload it, and most of it can be taken to your friendly neighborhood thrift so you can feel good about yourself afterward. We took 2 runs to Goodwill with a full trunk and donated several clunkier pieces of furniture to the curb (Since they were gone a few hours later I’m assuming they found new homes.) If you need the extra inspiration, watch a few episodes of Hoarders first. Nothing will convince you to get rid of stuff quite like realizing what can happen if you keep every piece of detritus that falls into your life…
  • Use Small Boxes – Yes, it goes faster if you can fit your whole desk into one box but you’re going to be hurting later when you have to carry it. I love getting my boxes at Uhaul because they will buy back any that you don’t end up using and they’re very sturdy. I think we packed up our whole apartment with 2 packages of small boxes and 1 package of the medium. The medium we used for anything awkward sized like board games or light like pillows and towels. Everything else went into a small box. And still when we got to those book boxes we were suffering. Good gracious!
  • Celebrate Afterwards – Moving is stressful! While it may be tempting to get right into it, unpack, and spread out give yourself a little time off. All that work takes a toll on your mind and your body. We went to a local place that has towers of onion rings and once we’d slept off most of the exhaustion went to see a movie. We may not be unpacking because our circumstance doesn’t allow for it, but I’m glad we’re able to mend up before going at it again.

While we’re renovating our new home, all of our stuff is crammed into one room waiting to be moved up 3 flights of stairs. So essentially we still have at least another day’s worth of moving and who knows how long of unpacking left. But I’ve got my husband, my cat, my clothes, and my laptop. I think I’ll make it.

Even if Meagan E. Garey wanted to set down her mint cocoa in her very favorite Kiki’s Delivery Service mug, there is absolutely no room. Scrapbook paper, Perler beads, stationary, embroidery thread, origami birds, and packages of clay litter the small desk. Instead, she opts to stand, put the cup on top of a nearby shelf, and get back to work. Her library haul of the latest YA fantasy, a chunky graphic novel, and some classic that was overlooked in school and moved to the floor to make more room. She pops on a movie to watch while she works. The familiar animated faces make her smile and make the work go by faster as she repeats the well-memorized lines. Don’t worry, she’ll write that next article… eventually.

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