As the big day approaches, let’s hope I can heed some of my own advice and make this move as painless as possible. It’s a big day, no matter how you slice it. Fortunately, we’re utilizing the services of an awesome moving company so the “big stuff” is taken care of. Of course, I’ll handle my computers and monitors, the TV and my tools. I mean, come on. Priorities, people!
My honey is an organizational wizard. I kid you not, she balances her mom’s checkbook (and my company’s accounting) to relax. While I’m out on a 50-mile bike ride, she’s happily adding and subtracting in calculator-induced bliss. Because of this, the logistics portion of our move is likely already planned out and ready for initiation. If you are more like me, you are likely not quite so organized. Either way you approach this day, there are a few things you can do to prepare a little better and make the day a bit less stressful. All of the planning in the world can’t account for every one of those “what-if” scenarios.
Anticipation is the name of the game here. Nobody goes into an MMA fight without first viewing tapes of their opponent. The Patriots review game film on every opposing team they face. For moving-day, I would encourage you to prepare for the inevitable distractions that will come up. Consider the fact that when you’re driving home from work, you often go for large stretches of road and let your mind wander about freely. Then, when something catches your eye, you snap back to the present moment and realize you don’t remember the last 400 yards of Rt. 16! That, my friends, is called distraction.
As the day begins to unfold, mentally prepare yourself for the impending onslaught of distractions that will attempt to pull you away from focusing on the task at hand. Mostly, you’d like to make it through the day without upsetting your family, friends and (maybe today, slightly more importantly) your new neighbors. As people are pecking away with questions: “How much did you pay for the house?”, “Why are you moving?”, “Did you get fired?”, “Were you involved in a football-deflating scandal?” ; make sure you have appropriate answers so you are not caught off-guard. In general, people are genuinely interested in your goings-on and are not trying to be distracting.
Right along with preparing for nosey neighbors, it is important to prepare yourself physically for this long and challenging day. I’m prepping for a century ride this fall and honestly the same rules apply. I assure you that while out on the course that day I won’t be eating junk food. In fact, even during the days leading up to that ride, I will be trying to fill my body with the best fuel possible to prepare for the long, grueling task ahead.
I’d encourage you to do the same thing. Much like adjusting your daily food intake with more fruits and veggies, it is much easier to stick to the plan if you make it convenient. Before moving day, take the time to cut up fruits and stick them in Tupperware or baggies in the fridge. This makes the “grab-n-go” feasible and much more convenient. If you add to that mix a few other healthy snacks, some bottles of water and maybe even some vitamins, you will be far less tempted to swing through the fast “goo” places and poison yourself with their stuff. (Let’s be honest, we can’t call it food!)
Save the frosty beer, huge pizza and crashing on the living room floor for when the last box (for the day) is in the correct room, the sheets are on the bed and there’s towels in the bathroom. Then you’ve earned your “crash”!
Before you load up the truck and head to your awesome new home, do a little research. Assuming you are moving a town or two away, you will want to familiarize yourself with the area so you are not wasting time on moving day trying to find the hardware store. Locate the bank, grocery store, gas station, hardware store and even (yikes) the hospital. At least you’ll have your bearings in the new area so you can get to the necessities. (OK, let’s be honest, find the liquor store as well!)
“There are lots of things people can do to make the moving day a much more pleasant experience,” notes Badger Realty agent, Kerry MacDougall. She continued, “I encourage families to divvy up responsibilities before the day begins. This ensures that one person is not stuck making small talk with the neighbors while another is busy carrying boxes. While important in every-day living, this process is even more important during this stressful day”.
Moving day is exciting. It represents new beginnings, big changes and new opportunities. While there is certainly a level of stress that goes along with it, it does not have to be a miserable day. Take a few steps to prepare yourself and you might even be able to enjoy it! By the way… Is anyone available to help me move…