Are you in the process of moving? I feel for you my man (or woman), I really do. There is no doubt in my small mind that moving has to be one of the more stressful things to deal with, at least in a privileged, first-world country where we don’t have very many real problems. Moving is hard because you have to pack up your entire life into a bunch of cardboard boxes and try to find places to fit them into random trucks, trailers, vans, and whatever else you might be moving with. Not only does it take a lot of time and energy to try to pack up everything in your house, moving can also get pretty expensive when you factor in the cost of gas, moving companies, other random purchases that always come up, and it is especially costly when you factor in the opportunity cost, since you’re spending time packing up your stuff rather than at work and making money. That’s why, for as much of my life as possible, I have completely avoided moving to a new place or out of my home unless I really have to. However, since I’m so old (I turned 69 last month), I have done my fair share of moving and you would not believe the stories I have. Since I am so knowledgeable in this area, I wanted to take the time to come up with a few tips and tricks for moving novices like you who may have absolutely no clue what they’re doing.
The first tip I have for you is to try to not do it all by yourself. Even if you live alone in your small studio apartment, moving by yourself is too much of a daunting task to put yourself through. I highly suggest that you request for family or friends to come help you move, because you’ll find that the moving goes way quicker and hopefully you won’t feel as lonely or whatever. If you can’t find any friends or family that want to come help, or you don’t have either of those things, then I feel really bad for you.
Like seriously, that is really sad, and I hope you can make some better friends wherever you’re moving too. Another tip when packing is to pack things in the opposite of the order you’d need them. For example, the first things you want to pack are the things that you use the list amount on a daily basis. So this would be things like old books, clothes, or appliances that you aren’t currently using and just have sitting in a closet or something. The benefit of this is that you can start packing without completely upending your life, and you will have an easier time unpacking because all the stuff you use regularly will be right on the top of the cardboard boxes you are using.
A final tip I have for you is to make a moving budget. Like I said earlier, moving can get really expensive if you are not careful and you may find yourself spending way more than what you were planning on. That’s why it is important to carefully set aside money for moving and stick to that budget. I wish you luck with your move and hope this was helpful!