Do you watch house-hunting shows? Aren’t they lovely? The new owners go from finding their dream home to blissfully reporting back at the end of the show that they are so glad they did it, while the camera zooms around their completely set-up new digs. It makes moving look absolutely delightful.
But the truth is very different.
Once you decide to take the leap to move, no matter how much time you think you’ll spend doing “house stuff” (preparing your house to sell, showing, looking for a new house, applying for loans, etc.), you will need approximately 85% more time to do it.
And you are likely to be scrambling like heck just to keep up with the things you are normally responsible for.
And as the weeks march on, you may be apologizing all over the place because you’re no longer capable of doing the simple things that Normal You could totally swing.
And on top of that, Moving You can’t stop talking about the ups, downs, and sideways aspects of the process and proclaiming how much of a wreck you are. So of course no one wants to talk to you anymore because: enough already.
And when you’re not on real estate sites scanning for possible habitats, you are constantly searching Craigslist and NextDoor to locate more moving boxes because no matter how many you obtained upfront, it isn’t going to be enough. Not by a long shot.
And you may spend ridiculous amounts of energy searching for the GOOD tape dispenser because even though you have two, only one puts tape in a straight orderly fashion, whereas the other one is rightly nicknamed the Tangle Monster.
And as time races ever on and your deadline to vacate the premises looms, you, who for weeks neatly wrapped and placed items in boxes by proper categories and labeled them carefully with sticky labels that indicate the proper future room location and items inside, find yourself instead flinging things into containers with no protective wrapping or order whatsoever, scribbling “Downstairs Crap!” on the box.
All of which you’ll need to sort out at the new house…if and when you find one…
This post was generated post-move-one (moving out) and pre-move-two (moving in). Currently, everything we own is in storage. Which is a whole ‘nother story, “How We Underestimated The Size of Storage Units We’d Need And Figured It Out On Moving Day. Don’t Be Like Us.”
What are your secrets for a good move? Or your worst stories of moving? Either one is most welcome.