It’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed these days. I started to panic today when I realized it was already March (again – I’ve been doing this a few times a day since Friday), and we basically have three and a half months to prepare for one of the biggest moves of our lives.
Moving stinks. Before the divorce, it seems like we moved just about every year. I’m not sure why, but it was pretty awful. Especially the time I was pregnant, and was not allowed to carry anything, and my ex-mother-in-law set up my kitchen… I never, ever could find anything in that house.
When we moved to our current house, I was finally in charge, and all things considered, it was a pretty organized move. I had help, of course, and hired movers. This time around, I will also have help, and will not have to hire movers, which is a bonus. The Man actually used to do this for a living back in the day, so that’s an even bigger bonus.
And the packing up won’t even be that difficult. As I said, I’ve done it so many times, I could probably do it in my sleep, and find myself visually scanning each room even now, and making mental notes of things that will be donated/sold/freecycled or packed for the move. Most of the moving checklists you find online suggest starting no later than 6 weeks before, and some as early as 12 weeks before. Well, we’re at about 15, so you can see why I am feeling a little anxiety already.
No, the part that is on my mind the most are the details of life that will need to be taken care of: medical records, school records, bank accounts, change of address with all and sundry, insurance, drivers license and registration… All of the minutiae that can be quite overwhelming. Luckily I have some personal days that I can utilize between now and then to help me take care of the details.
If you have any moving tips, please share below. I could use all the help I can get!