How to Survive a Move - Part 3
I’d be lying if I said that our upcoming move was going 100% smoothly. This week, we’ve had several wrenches thrown into our carefully laid plans.
Rental Truck Issues
Apparently, everyone is moving in the middle of winter. We have had difficulty locating a moving truck in the size we need. Furthermore, the days and times that trucks are available are very limited. I consider myself a night owl, but I'll pass on moving in the middle of the night. If the situation remains the same, Plan B is to start moving smaller items in our cars, and wait until later in the day to move the larger furniture items. While this is certainly not ideal, it’s what we have to work with.
I know that moving is stressful for everyone. However, no matter how much I plan, pack and think ahead, my brain is having a hard time adjusting to the ever-increasing pile of boxes and belongings. Joshua is also exceptionally busy. He’s currently in the midst of writing a 60-page paper, teaching classes and reading piles of books. Coming home from work after a long day should be relaxing, but opening the front door to reveal a space in perpetual upheaval just doesn’t scream “take a load off, guys!”
No matter how much we budget, plan and prepare, moving requires an unavoidable dip into the savings account. While we are both dedicated to our budget, saving during a move is just not easy. We will need to purchase food and drink for our friends helping with the move, a washer/dryer and pay for the truck rental. Eventually, we plan to purchase some new (used) furniture to fill up the place, but until then we are taking a "wait-and-see-how-it-looks-in-the-new-place" approach before going bananas on Craigslist.
Once we are settled into our new digs, our lives will improve immensely. Knowing we have a balcony, giant second bedroom, and a huge new kitchen WITH a dishwasher (swoon) softens the blow and diffuses some of the stress of the move. Furthermore, our friends and family have been nothing but supportive and help keep us centered and sane when we feel like we’re in the throes of a Tilt-a-Whirl ride gone haywire.
We’ll see what Friday and Saturday bring. Got any pro-tips for us? Leave them in the comments!