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How to Make Moving Fun

I’ve recently had several comments surrounding how to take advantage of a move to a new city.  Ray and I moved to Denver kind of on a whim, knowing very few people.  I have to admit that it was great having Ray by my side on this move – when I moved to Cincinnati 5 years ago, I literally moved by myself with zero friends to be had.  Both moves turned out great, but I will admit that they took a lot of bravery to make friends and make each city feel like home.

For those of you in the process of moving, if you’re going to be, or if you’re even considering it – know that I haven’t regretted these new experiences for a second.  Some tips I have leading into your move:

move 2 1) Know that the Actual Moving Process is Going to be a Beast – Since graduating college, I’ve only lived in one place for more than one year.  Which means that the past 7 moves have been a grand, old time.  My typical organization style allows a 2-bedroom move to be fully complete in 2 weeks.

Week 1 – Plan each day to pack one piece of your home (ex. day 1 – clothing closet, day 2 – kitchen, day 3 – master bathroom, day 4 – guest room, day 5 – general storage areas, day 6 – bathroom, day 7 – living room.)  Be VERY DESCRIPTIVE in your descriptions on the boxes, writing the same information on the top of the box and two sides.  Also number each box and write them on a separate list that you’ll be taking with you personally on your move.


Week 2 – Once your large furniture and boxes get to your new home, use your list to check off each box as it comes into your home.  When you know everything is present, use your same schedule to unpack each box.  This will make sure that you find a home for everything and that you’ll feel organized as soon as possible.

This isn’t the most fun part of the move – but with some wine and tunes, the time will fly by before you know it!

women_on_beach_yoga_black_and_white 2) Participate in Your Favorite Activities – Just because you’re in a new place, does not mean that you shouldn’t participate in your favorite activities.  In fact, that’s where you’re going to meet your new friends!  When I moved to Cincinnati, I met most of my friends in CrossFit or dance classes, and most of my friends in Denver are from yoga.  Use Yelp and Google to find facilities that fit your favorite classes nearby.  Dabble.com also has fantastic opportunities to try out a wide variety of classes in almost every city – check out the site to see what might be available in your area!

take-courage 3) Be Courageous and Know Your Friends are Waiting to Meet You – My best advice for meeting new people when you’re in a moving situation is to use the, “I’m new to the city” approach for a good 9 months.  Look for groups of people that are talking to see who might be outgoing – these are usually the people that are most enthusiastic about meeting new people (thus, they are outgoing.)  Then just casually drop, “Hey, I’m new, any restaurant recommendations around the area?”  Once you get people talking, you’re sure to get the invite to brunch!  These early friends don’t need to be your best friends, but they’ll introduce you to the city and hopefully to some of your new crew!

2014_12 19 (1) 4) Do Not Compare Cities, Know that Everything is a New Experience –  This one has historically been the most difficult for me.  Every city is new, with different people and experiences to share and help you grow through your life.  It’s incredibly difficult leaving the comfort of your family and friends, but live in that discomfort.  How are you growing your life experience and what new areas of life can you explore in your new city that you couldn’t have if you lived elsewhere?  Maybe you find that you love hiking, or the vineyards surrounding your new area.  Or maybe the theater district near you always has the best indie plays.  Learning what you love about your new home will grow your horizons and make you an even stronger person on the other side.

Whatever you do, know that you are not alone.  Moving is tough, but the internet makes every place small and close by.  You have friends all over the world at your fingertips – keep positive!

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  • Reply Laura Kate

    Sweet post – and this is SO relevant to me.. We moved from England to Gibraltar in June last year. We’re enjoying it here but it’s a HUGE change for us. We’re just about to move again though – only a few doors down, but seeing your boxes reminds me how much of a slog it is! I think I need to throw childcare at it!! X

    April 15, 2015 at 7:43 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      It is definitely a life-changing experience. Gibralter though?! That sounds amazing! Can’t wait to check out your blog more often to hear more about your life there. 🙂

      April 16, 2015 at 10:04 am
      • Reply Laura Kate

        Sorry I haven’t replied sooner. I didn’t see the message until just now! It’s a move for my husbands work – it is going really well. The sunshine helps massively! x

        April 21, 2015 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Day to Day with M & A

    Moving to a new city is incredibly intimidating, but I agree it is fun! I think the best thing to do is to take a break from unpacking, and to just take a walk around your neighborhood your first day there! Grab lunch somewhere, and don’t stress too much about unloading the boxes all at once.

    April 15, 2015 at 8:20 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Great idea! Would definitely help to relax the day, as well as letting you see all of the great things in your neighborhood early on! Thanks for the tip. 🙂

      April 16, 2015 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Snapshotsincursive

    Agreed. Marking boxes is key. There’s nothing worse than finding the carafe but missing the coffeemaker!

    April 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Ha! Absolutely agree with you! I’ve done my best, but I still can’t find my rice cooker from a few moves ago. Guess I’ll have to count that one as a loss, eh? 🙂

      April 16, 2015 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Cassie Cottura

    Thank you for the advice! I will definitely be using this!!! I appreciate you doing a post about this. It really means a lot to me!!

    Cassie
    http://blushingdahlia.com

    April 15, 2015 at 11:01 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Absolutely! Good luck with you big move – can’t wait to read about it!

      April 16, 2015 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Constructing Carrie

    I think my favorite part about moving to a new city is that you HAVE to try new things. You can’t be stuck in a comfort zone, which is so easy to fall into in a city you’ve been in forever! There are no ruts to be had when everything is brand new!

    April 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      So true! It definitely gets you out of a rut incredibly quickly. 🙂

      April 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm

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