I can officially report that we have moved. I can also report that moving is low at the top of my list for one of the most stressful things I have ever had to do. Not only did it seem to take forever, but there was issue after issue that each needed an equal my attention.
I can’t imagine how stressful it must be when you are moving to another state. Luckily, we were only moving house. After this experience, I don’t see us moving again for a very long time.
Before we began moving, I felt prepared. I was reading up on tips to cope with moving and felt that we would handle it quite well. Let me go through each of these points and tell you how I failed at each of thing.
Firstly, I had to rid of excess clutter. Has anyone noticed that the more clutter you remove, the more there seems to appear? It is like some rip in the space-time continuum. If I threw something out, I seemed to find two more. I never saw myself as a hoarder, but the evidence is stacking that I may be just that.
Next I had to pack with a plan of what was going where. This involved labeling boxes. This was made more difficult by the fact that I could not remember the layout of our new house. I boxed things according to my current house. This turned out to be a massive issue. The layout of our new place is so different than our last that everything ended up being moved at least twice.
Then the truck broke down. My one way of transporting my stuff was gone. I had to be prepared to leave the house that day by 12pm as the new owners were getting the keys, and my house was still full at 11am. This led to a massive rush to put everything outside on the pavement whilst we waited for a new truck. Not only was this incredibly stressful but I was terrified that some of my stuff was going to get stolen!
When the new truck arrived, it was a massive operation to put everything into the truck and head off to our new house. During this time, I had a mini breakdown. When we arrived, I just wanted it all to go away, so I instructed the group to just leave everything outside so that I can handle it later. Why did I do this? Because I am stupid. This turned out to be a massive mistake as I then had to cart everything inside myself. Luckily they had already moved all the big furniture earlier, but bending over for small boxes is a pain in the back (literally).
I am just glad it is over. I could not have imagined a more stressful day. We are settling in well and enjoying the area. After this experience, I think we will be enjoying this area for a long time to come.