I moved residences four times within four years. I went from my apartment to my husband’s house when we first married. Then, we sold his house and bought a new house together. Just a few years later, we bought a second home together, and this is the house we currently live in. Admittedly, it was a bit much. Now, whenever someone even mentions the word “moving,” my heart skips a beat.
Never say never, but we do not plan on moving any time in the near future. It will take something colossal to move us. But if we have to move again, here are four of the best moving lessons I have learned.
1. Purge, Baby, Purge:
Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to rent a storage unit! Your unit can one day end up on the Storage Wars TV show if you forget you even have it and owe thousands of dollars in rental fees. Seriously, though, the stuff more often than not ends up being in there for years. In the end, you may owe more money than what it’s all worth.
For unwanted items: Have a tag sale, use ebay, donate to a charity, or give to family and friends. Whatever it takes, before moving, get rid of things not used in over a year.
2. Hire a Reputable Moving Company:
Once, and only once, did I pack and move everything myself. In the end, you may just need a chiropractor or a massage therapist for a very long time, like I did. It’s well worth the money to hire a reputable moving company that’s insured to pack and move for you.
3. Pack and Move Valuables Yourself:
Don’t trust your valuables even with the most reputable moving company. You name it: jewelry, fine china… Family heirlooms you can never replace like great-great-grandma’s rocking chair or family photo albums. On the big moving day, I was completely at ease. My prized possessions were in good hands because I packed and moved them myself.
4. Get Out of Boxes Immediately:
Once, I never unpacked 12 large boxes labeled “wedding gifts.” One too many times I said, “We got that as a wedding gift. We need it. Now, where did we put it?” After that, I was 100 percent unpacked within one week of moving to a new home. I somehow found the adrenalin to keep unpacking so I could feel at-home right away. Invaluable.