In only a few situations will an optimist agree with a pessimist.. and moving is inarguably one of those situations. Moving sucks. Moving (like hangovers, rejection) is a glass-half-empty experience, always.
Sure, perhaps it’s an opportunity to declutter and downsize your belongings. Packing, moving and unpacking may burn calories as cardio exercise (bonus if you’re climbing up and tumbling down stairs!). And exploring a new area is exciting. Yet, positivity aside, moving is not and never will be a good time.
In fact, The Dig blog by Dish Network identifies the seven stages of grief for moving. The shock, denial, anger and depression associated with relocation are nothing to take lightly.
Whether you have to move in 72 hours or you have three months until the move, we’ve gathered tips specifically for the biggest pessimists and moving-haters. The following guide will help you survive the dreadful moving process.
3 Days – The Break Up
No move happens faster than when your significant other becomes your ex and you need to get out as quickly as possible.
- Step 1: Commit to the separation and leave emotions out of it. The logistical complications of moving and finances may give you second thoughts about ending the relationship. But keep in mind, a rough move is better than more time wasted with the wrong person.
- Step 2: Immediately find a separate spaces to live, even if it means one of you stays with a friend or family member. Continuing to cohabitate for practical reasons creates emotional confusion and only prolongs the already-difficulty situation.
- Step 3: Meet in a neutral space (e.g. a coffee shop) to divvy up shared possessions. Determine diplomatically who takes what, then schedule separate times to independently pack and move out (without the other person there). Bring a friend or family as support to keep you focused on the goal â€• you can cry later.
3 Weeks – Last-Minute Apartment Search
Whether because of a skyrocketing renewal rate or procrastination on apartment hunting, you can still move with minimal time.
- Step 1: Set a goal each day to find a new place to live and achieve it. Contact a rental state. Reach out to friends, family and co-workers for recommendations. Research on sites like Rent.com, Zillow.com and Craigslist. Schedule visits to apartment complexes and privately owned places. Maintain a list of at least three options that fall within the right location and price range for you to consider.
- Step 2: Congratulations! Once you’ve found your new home, don’t hesitate to start packing. Start with items you don’t use on a daily basis, such as everything in your storage closet, off-season clothes and books. To stay organized, categorize and label boxes by room and type of contents.
- Step 3: Don’t clean as you go. Lifehack.org calls it “a complete waste of your time.” Hauling boxes and furniture out of your apartment will only create more dirt in areas you cleaned ahead of time. Wait until your apartment is empty to clean, or better yet, hire a professional cleaning company to scrub it down once you’re gone.
3 Months – Cross-Country Relocation
The best way to move from state-to-state is sell everything you own and start fresh. But if you don’t have the luxury of selling everything, keep in mind the following tips:
- Step 1: Follow the three D’s of moving: downsize, declutter and donate. This move is your chance to purge your life of unnecessary things just taking up space. The one-year rule encourages you to ditch anything, anything, you haven’t used in the past year. Remember, it’s just stuff.
- Step 2: Create incentives for unpacking. Designate tasks for your kids like unpacking boxes for their bedrooms or playroom. “Rewards” like a movie night or new video game can help them get the job done ASAP.
- Step 3: Explore your city! Although a new city may lack the comforts of your former hometown, there’s much to discover. Visit your city website to find entertainment, local events, attractions and things to do that’ll help make your new city feel like home.