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I am no stranger to moving – you can read my other posts about moving here. The move from IL to TN was by far our biggest move yet and, in some ways, the most unorthodox move. That being said, I think I managed to remain the most calm during this particular move given all of the practice I’ve had. Today, I’m sharing the insight I applied this time around in the hopes that you will stay sane during your next move.
Other moving logistics aside ( trucks, boxes, etc.), this is the number one tip I would like to share with you: you need snacks. Packing up the kitchen is always one of the most challenging because (a) most of the items are breakable and (b) you need them several times a day. I recommend having all of your kitchen packed up and ready to be moved no later than two days before you are moving. Then head to the grocery store (or your favorite restaurant) and get enough pre-made food to last you the remaining time before your move. I recommend doing the majority of this shopping at the deli section where you can get pre-made salads and entrees – they often will give you extra utensils, you just have to ask for them.
When it comes to doing the physical move, whether that be across state lines or just across town, you need snacks. The morning of my move, I got up at the crack of dawn and didn’t anything until we had loaded everything into the truck – around 9 am. While that doesn’t sound like a long time, when you’re constantly moving and sweating you get hungry pretty fast. Make sure you have some granola bars, pretzels and other snacks along with water to make sure you’re giving your body more energy to unload the truck once you get to your new destination. If you’re traveling across state lines like I was, get snacks you will actually enjoy. For me that meant a bottle of water, the largest fountain Coke the gas station had and a big ole bag of cheddar Chex Mix. I also brought the remaining snacks I had in my apartment which included pretzels and some candy. If you are traveling alone, open all of your snacks before you start driving. Make eating as easy on yourself as possible so you don’t accidentally get Chex Mix all over the car because you opened the bag too enthusiastically en route.
(More on the blog: Making Self-Care a Part of Your Routine)
Moving is a lot of freaking work. Like working for a living, you need to schedule in breaks for yourself and peace of mind. Whether that be an hour long nap, getting coffee with a friend or working a shift at a part-time job, make time to do something else. It is important that you set a strict time limit – an alarm on your phone or a friend holding you accountable. Similar to how homework breaks can turn into multi-hour procrastination sessions, moving breaks can become the same. Being thoroughly distracted for a specific period of time will allow you to come back to packing with a clearer mind.
Create a Soundtrack
The week before I started hardcore packing, I would download and organize podcasts into a playlist before bed. Once I began packing, I would connect my phone to the speakers we have and just let my playlist play. Every night after a day of packing, I would continue to download podcasts and rebuild my playlist for the following day. Since I was also driving the nearly six hours from IL to TN by myself, I made that day’s playlist a little bit longer than normal to ensure that I had enough to listen to. Unlike having the TV on, my playlist allows me to remain completely engaged in what’s being played without needing any visual context. Also, I feel like having a soundtrack distracts your brain enough to make any negative feelings you may have about packing/moving at bay. The same can definitely be done for musical playlists. I know that Spotify has all sorts of playlists from sing-a-longs to gangsta rap and everything in between.
If you’re interested in giving podcasts a go, I wrote a post in which I share my seven favorites. I recently began listening to “My Dad Wrote a Porno” and highly recommend it – it gets me in stitches every time.
Get Good Sleep
While it’s important to get good sleep as much as you can, I’ve found it especially necessary during the moving process. Packing and moving can be physically, emotionally and mentally exhausting. Between trying to move and organize all of your belongings into boxes only to realize you actually still need 50% of what you’ve just packed. Getting good sleep at night will help you mentally recharge and allow your body to relax.
It may be necessary to get good sleep while moving, but it’s not always easy. Once my head hit the pillow, I found myself coming up with five, ten more things I needed to do. That’s okay. Keep a pack of post its or a cute notebook (like this one) and a pen by your bed to be the host of these ideas. I would like to discourage using your phone for this list solely because opening your phone to create a list in your ‘Notes’ can quickly lead to checking Facebook or your email. Three hours later, you’ll be frustrated with yourself that you should’ve been asleep a long time ago.
Have you ever moved? What helped you maintain your sanity?