Moving Can Be Discouraging When It Doesn’t Go As Planned.
Have you ever moved and had all your moving plans go up in smoke? You know the old adage if it can go wrong it will? These days, this adage is my life.
While I am not a list maker who makes a list every day and checks items off the list as they are accomplished. Generally, I’m a person who just take life as it comes, one day at a time. Having set my long range goals I have learned work hard to accomplish them. I haven’t made a physical list, I just know what I want to get done, I push my tenacity button to on and proceed to get it done.
Yet, there are times that planning is critical, say like preparing to move, things must be done in an organized and orderly manner. Certain things need to happen at particular rates as you go through life in the middle of moving. But after years and years of experience moving, moving rarely goes as planned.
Take for example, today, some friends had volunteered to help us go through our storage container on the property we just sold to help me give away before moving. With all the planning, what do you think happened? RAIN and more RAIN! My moving day today came to a full stop. Although frustrating, life moves on. So I decided to take this time I can’t control and do something I enjoy, posting a blog as my honey practices his interview questions with my visiting son who came to help us move. Having moved so many times in my life, I have learned what does and doesn’t work when it comes to moving. Let me share with you what has worked for me.
There is nothing worse than having to move within less than 3 days. We did this once and it was a nightmare. Our neighbors and friends helped us box and move in no time flat, which we really appreciated. The problems arose when we got to our location where we were moving into a very small apartment without room for a whole household full of belongings. Our belongings were a big jumble and we had to go through every box in the moving van before determining what we could keep in the apartment or to keep in storage. Meanwhile the apartment complex without sufficient parking area was becoming perturbed with a big moving van parked outside their office. I am usually a well-planned mover so that was a very difficult move.
For the most part, people know in advance that they are going to have to move. For example we got notice 60 days before the end of the lease and we had to be out. So instead of waiting to the last couple of weeks, I have steadily been packing boxes in a more leisurely manner and organizing and getting rid of things along the way. There are many benefits to starting early such as the ability to throw away old unused items.
Throw Things Away
A week or so ago I told my husband to go through his drawers and throw things out and pack up his drawers. The last time we moved this didn’t get done and we paid to carry all his trash to Texas because it was a pack in 3 days event. I wasn’t going to do the same thing this time. A week went by and he was still just sorting through papers in the first drawer.
The second week I went up and thought I would tackle a few drawers to help him. He was sitting there still sorting through his first drawer. I got one drawer done and was moving onto the next and noticed he was just sitting there holding something and looking at it, a newspaper article from someone he had known. After a moment he looked up as he held it to his chest and said with a pained look, “I don’t know if I should keep this…” I laughed and rolled my eyes and said throw it out. That was the moment I realized why it was taking him so long to pack his drawer, he was using all his time reminiscing.
When you throw out you have to act quickly you can stop and think about your “memories” with the object. Think more in the lines of, do I need this and do I have a future use for it, or is there room for it. If it doesn’t pass these points either give it away or throw it away.
Organize & Label Your Boxes
Set aside boxes which contain important things that you use all the time. For example, I set aside an all things dog box. As I run across a dog item I put it in the box. Don’t seal up the box because you may need the items, this allows you to add more items also. Label the boxes on the top with exactly what is in the box. In this case I labeled it, “Dog Stuff”. Make sure to label the top and all four sides of the box. Why? Because as the box gets shuffled around the box will not stay with the same side facing out. When you get to your new place and need to find the Dog stuff you can see the label on whichever side happens to be showing.
My towel boxes already packed and still open. This makes it so I can use, wash, and replace towels as needed. Yet the box is still packed and it is a simple matter of taping up the box and being on the way when it is time to move. Same thing with medications or first aid. This makes it so you can use and replace the medications in the box.
There are things you know you can do without for a while. You can completely box up and stack these in a convenient location. Since you have labeled them carefully, if there is an unexpected need you can quickly pull out the box, use, and replace. Organize things according to area and or need. For example, I have labeled all my desk items as desk stuff. This informs me that this is important and that these boxes will need to be placed by my desk when we arrive in our new location for quick access.
Remember, no matter what you do, things will go wrong. But don’t let this get you down. Just keep moving along! Here is a great poem on that point. At the bottom of my blog there is a great audio/video on how to deal with handling things when life goes wrong.
When Things Go Wrong
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering Man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell h ow close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the flight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.