My wife and I are getting ready to move. We are moving to the suburbs – please don’t judge me. The truth is, my wife likes the schools outside the city, and wants to be able to enjoy the city more when we come to shop, spend time with friends and explore the countless things there are to do in Des Moines. If you are new, I encourage you to check out the Science Center of Iowa, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Des Moines Art Center.
The great thing about moving is that you are able to see new places, meet new people and begin new adventures – creating new memories and opportunities to explore. Growth is an important part of life. Although moving can be a stressful time, remember it’s a temporary transition. There are a few things you can do to make the entire process simpler.
First, start organizing what you need, what can be thrown away, or what can be donated a couple months before you move. This will make moving even easier. You can move less stuff and faster. Less stuff means you save time and money.
Second, get boxes and start packing about a month out. You can stop by Dahl’s or Gateway Market. They are happy to give you fruit boxes (which are nice because they have slide on lids, are strong, but are not big enough that you throw out your back carrying them). Don’t forget to make labels on your stuff – it makes unpacking so much easier. Get some labels and some markers.
Third, get a truck and moving company to help you move, or if you have friends and family in the area who are willing to donate their day to you, ask them to help you move. It’s always a good idea to reward them, or in many cases bribe them, with pizza and beer, or some kind of food and beverage. Constantly say thank you too.
Fourth, make sure you drink plenty of water, even if it’s not warm or hot. Getting dehydrated can hurt your muscles and lead to fatigue. Get a good nights sleep the day before you move. Try not to stress. Moving is no fun, everyone knows that. Just take it a little at a time. Moving is more like a marathon than a race. Don’t forget to stretch.
Lastly, try to move one day and unpack another. If you are like me, I dislike clutter and unfinished business. I am not fun to move, so if I ask you to help me in a week, feel free to say no. I want to do it all in five minutes. I want to get it out as fast as I can, get it in and unpacked. My expectations are unrealistic and impossible. I have to remember that it is a process and that I should enjoy it.
I also recommend music. It helps create a rhythm and keeps people in good spirits. You may also want to have a first aid kit handy. You just never know. The more you prepare the better moving will be.