ODO 25: Moving Days
Back from my break to move to our new house. We aren’t totally settled in yet but we are at least in the new house. Just making this move reminded me of how much of an adventure moving is, and how much my pro skill at moving has dive bombed over the years.
I grew up in a radio family, which is right up there with the military for gypsy lifestyle. The instability of the radio business means the possibility of having to relocate on the fly. Growing up in that got me and my brothers very efficient at loading a moving van and getting moved. After I got married it seems that efficiency is gone.
As a kid I could break down my room in nothing flat. And I could load and unload a moving truck inside of a day without trouble. The first move I ever made after getting married took over 24 hours to just get the truck loaded. It just got worse from there. Every move since has taken from days to weeks to complete, including the most recent one taking over 2 weeks to actually finish. Our more recent moves have been shorter distances, which has lulled us into thinking we could take them more casually. That is dumb. We’ve been dumb.
Never take moving casually. It will just bite you in the ass. If you ever think that you can just use a trailer and just make a couple separate trips… don’t. It doesn’t matter what the distance is, if you have an actual house, use a moving truck. Plus get everything ready and get all of it moved in one shot. We have tried doing the shuttling in small trips plan twice and both times have been way more of a headache. It may seem kinda obvious, but the lesson I’ve let slip away over the years is simply to be prepared. Be ready to go way before you need to. I have at least one more move to make, and next time I’m gonna be ready for it.