How to Make Moving Miserable

I have a ridiculous amount of experience moving. After high school I moved from the prairies to the west coast for 2 years of college and then moved back. Then I moved east for 7 years before moving back to the prairies for another 6 years, before moving back to the west coast 2 years ago. Within each of these major moves there were numerous smaller moves, usually from one apartment to another as roommates arrived and then moved on. Thank goodness most of those moves were done without children.

My last 3 moves were done with children, 4 if you count being pregnant as moving with a child! We moved from an apartment to a house, then from a house in the prairies to a townhouse on the west coast. Our latest move, last weekend, was from the townhouse over to a house, thankfully in the same city.

I share all of this to prove what an expert I have become on the subject of moving. I have done solo moves, moves with friends helping, and moves with hired professionals. Now that we’ve reached the amount of possessions required to fill a house, we will never again move without professional help.

I would like to offer some advice on how to ensure that your move is as miserable as possible. Let’s face it, all moving is miserable, but there are some people out there who raise that misery level to operatic heights. We can learn a lot from them.

  1. Do not have everything packed and ready to go in time for your moving helpers to arrive.

  1. Keep your children underfoot while the movers are working.

  1. Pack the stuff you will need first in the least accessible boxes.

  1. Do not ask anyone for help, with packing, keeping the children entertained, or anything.

  1. Use random boxes, bags, and crates without lids to pack your stuff.

  1. Don’t pack up lamps, the movers can carry each one individually.

  1. Use the biggest boxes for your smallest items and for your heaviest items.

  1. Assume that your movers will show up late. This means you can leave more stuff for the last minute.

  1. Attempt to cook a meal during the move. Moving is expensive and avoiding takeout is one way to cut costs.

  1. Get drunk the night before, it helps make the packing less stressful. A hangover in the morning is no big deal, everyone feels crappy mid move so it doesn’t really make a difference.



About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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