On Moving and Packing in 3 weeks

Moving for the past three weeks has been such a harrowing experience. I know it’s something that everyone does but I truly do not wish this type of move on anyone. I found out I got an apartment that I have never seen in a city across the country during finals week and decided to take it even though I was not prepared to do so at all. I tried to find all the big pieces of furniture I needed, pack my belongings, and find a good car while finishing up that quarter and starting the next. I even applied for an additional grad program that I want to be in right in the middle of the process.

I am so tired I don’t know what to do, y’all. I have been going and going and going for the past few weeks on autopilot mode; trying to just check things off my list and overwork and logic myself about the 1000 decisions I need to make to death. I think it’s been too much. I think I might have done this the wrong way.

I should have approached this process like I pack for a trip. When I pack for a trip I get so excited the week or two before I go so, I begin to organize. I set my suitcase out in my room and start filling it with all of the outfits that I want to wear on vacation in my head. I think of them as I am working or cooking or watching tv and then whenever I have time I throw them into my bag. Then a day or two before the flight I sit down and edit my suitcase. I look at what I have put in there and consider all the plans that I have for the trip and edit accordingly. Then I fully pack my suitcase how I usually do – very organized/categorized. Finally, the night before my trip I do one last edit and I’m ready to go.

This might sound crazy to some but it lets me think thoughtfully through my wardrobe so that I end up always wearing something comfortable without having to agonize over details at the last minute. I should have done the buying of necessities for my apartment like this.

Now I will say, my final packing up to move has indeed been like this. I have boxes open in all of the necessary rooms and I have been adding and subtracting to them for about a week. I just don’t feel as comfortable with my purchases and I honestly don’t know how to remedy that in the short amount of time I have left.

I have been praying for my mind to be cleared so that I can know exactly what to do, when and where, and I must say getting all of this down on paper to you all has helped tremendously. lol

Have you ever done a full move and apartment furnish quickly before? How did it go? How did you feel? How did you center yourself? If you could do it again what would you do differently?

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