Moving is taking over my life (and my money)

I haven’t forgotten about you, I’m just in a state of apartment purgatory. I’m in the process of moving to my new ludicrously expensive highrise suite where I will be able to afford rent and little else, and moving is a lot more chaotic than I remember. I have about half a dozen lists telling me how to pack, what to cancel, what addresses to change, and the most epic to-do list with the most mundane tasks imaginable (return wifi modem, change tenant’s insurance). It’s all quite tedious, and I really thought I could get done a lot faster, but moving is one of those things you do so infrequently you forget how miserable it truly is until you’re in the thick of it.

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Debacles of Bridget’s Move 2013:

unwilling to scrub my apartment myself, I decided to hire house cleaners to do my move-out clean. When quotes were astronomical (3hr minimum, +30% extra for one-time clean, + GST) I finally decided to opt for the frugal option and clean my apartment myself. About 10 seconds into scrubbing my oven I wished with all my might I had just paid $200 for someone else to do it.

donating/throwing out food because I can’t meal plan a regular week, let alone a move + vacation. I won’t be back from my trip until August 11, which means the eggs and milk I decided to purchase 2 days before moving were not going to make it. What’s wrong with me? Does my brain have an old expiry date?

losing items I need. I was so focused on not misplacing my passport that I managed to pack away my noise-cancelling headphones. I’m sure to enjoy the whir of the airplane engine for hours upon hours upon hours!

realizing any semblance of organization is just a lie I tell myself. Whenever I forget to pack something where it belongs (ie. TV remote with the TV), I just throw it in a random bag and hope it resurfaces in my new home when I need it.

At the end of the day, however, it is going fairly smoothly, and for that I am grateful! I’m also especially grateful for friends & family that pitched in to help. Who knew I owned so much stuff! Have you ever seen such a well stocked kitchen in your life?

Looking forward to finishing up the last of the cleaning and then taking off somewhere sunny & far away… then coming back and doing the moving IN!

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Comments

  1. The whole, “throw it in the random boxes” approach to organizing was my strategy when I moved out of my high rise apartment in NYC. It all popped up on the other side… I wouldn’t worry.

  2. I think this is something that everyone who moves goes through at one point or another, have fun on your trip! We’ll be here when you get back.

  3. We’re in the thick of moving right now as well. We closed last week and have spent some time every day moving stuff to the house and back to pack more stuff. Tomorrow is the movers and then its unpacking and cleaning. After moving 5 times in 6 years, I think I’ve got it down now, but I’m sure things are still going to missing. Its just a fact of moving/life. Good luck! :)

  4. It’s hard for me to focus on anything but that cat… how adorable.

    Enjoy the trip and don’t forget to use sunblock :)

  5. Good luck! Moving sucks SO so much. I moved twice last year and now the only reason I can see to move again is marriage, if that. The problem with not moving: acquiring stuff. Oops.

  6. Uhg, I haaaaaate moving! At least it’s (usually) worth it in the end! Have a great trip!

  7. And hopefully this’ll be the last move for a while. And if not, coat the inside of everything in your new oven in tin foil before you use it. Cleaning = removing tin foil!

  8. gillian says:

    haha, it is SO tough to remain organized when moving. I moved so many times during school but it was usually just basically a bedroom worth of stuff. By the end of it, throwing stuff into random boxes is the only option that will help prevent insanity. The other side can be frustrating (for example, when you need to eat and can’t find cutlery), so my very unfrugal advice when you come back is to buy takeout the first few days and unpack the kitchen first. (Also, remember to unpack toilet paper and soap immediately. haha) Have fun on the trip!

  9. Hah! I throw random stuff in a bag and hope it finds itself out when I need it. I have moved every year for the past five years. Right now our apartment is the longest we have been at, and I can’t wait to move out of it.

  10. Due to financial constraints, I will probably have to leave this apartment, and when I do, it is going to suck. I feel your pain.

    The only furniture I have is a bed and two folding chairs, so maybe that will make it easier.

  11. Moving sucks no matter how you cut it. The expenses and the effort are awful. I should know seeing that I have moved several times in the past 2 years.

  12. I FEEL YOUR PAIN. Moving is the worst thing ever. My stuff finally all made it over to my new place today. It’s like, you get the old place packed up, cleaned, and painted, and then you think you’re done….but then you have to unpack the new place, and it’s like starting all over again!

    Did I mention moving sucks?

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