Post # 16
Do you have OCD?
Moving is 10x more stressful for me (I have OCD) than it is for your average person although it’s straight up a stressful process altogether. I’ll literally tweak out packing something because it’s not organized (I can’t just shove things in a box) or when I go to teh new place and I see a scratch on the wall of a hair stuck in the paint. When we moved into our current place it took me a MONTH to CLEAN. Then I only set up on room at a time which took about 1 week /room. Fiance knows when we buy a house (currently we’re suckers and rent) we’ll have to budget in both rent and mortgage for 60 days because I can’t handle a 1 day or weekend move in period. Waste of money to some. Saving sanity for others.
Honestly, just give yourself this one. Be kind. It’s OK to be *that* person who can’t move without freaking out. There are people hwo can’t swim, can’t public speak, whatever. Just BE KIND TO YOURSELF, :).
Do you have the luxury of extending move in/out date?
Post # 17
anxiety or not, moving sucks. Here’s my suggestion based on what worked for me when we moved!
1) call and text everyone you know who could help. Even if they can stop by for 30 minutes, an extra set of hands helps!
2) start with the room that has contents that can fill boxes the fastest (bathroom or kitchen maybe?). Tape open a box, fill it, tape it shut and label. when you are nearing the end of the first box for that room, tape open second box so you don’t get tempted to stop the process. Move from room to room, packing and boxing one room only after you have completely finished the one before.
3) keep a giant bottle of water near you. You’ll need it. Also, sit and take a breather for a few minutes between rooms.
moving is a pain but I promise it’s doable! This is coming from someone who is terrible at lifting or fixing things and was 5 months pregnant when we moved. Just move at a comfortable pace. And if you need a breather, get some fresh air, get lunch or just vent to us 🙂
Post # 18
I have ADD, which often leads to anxiety when I am spinning and can’t find a way to start–anything. I become paralyzed (which it sounds like you are) and a blubbery mess. It’s very weird for people who don’t understand how it feels. That being said, I agree with many of the PP’s who said call a friend, breathe and start small. Like one box small. Turn on the music, distract yourself from the bigger job and pack one box. This hopefully will start the momentum to really get things packed up. Put your blinders on for the moment and stop worrying about all the big unknowns. Hugs and good luck. You can do it!!
Post # 19
Since this is giving you so much anxiety, I would hire someone to come in and pack everything and move it for you!
Post # 20
Preach! That’s exactly what I was gonna say. Last time I moved I was like “fuck it, I’m hiring them to pack too.” You know what? Those dudes had my whole 2-bed apt. packed up in 45 minutes. I shit you not. Plus, there’s the added benefit of them being responsible for breakage because they’re supposed to KNOW how to pack properly (which they totally did).
To be fair, I had gotten rid of everything I didn’t want packed beforehand, and there were a few things I packed myself (jewelry, important paperwork).
Post # 21
Moving is stressful! I’ve moved many times, and I often packed everything myself. If you can get help, do it. If not, break it up into manageable pieces. Take a room, and split up the work. Take the kitchen for example – get the cookware done, take a 5-10 minute break. Get the glassware, dishes, and flatware done, take a quick break. Get the pantry stuff, small appliances, and miscellaneous stuff done, and the kitchen is done!
You’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something with each group that gets done, and you know you’ll get a break at the end of each section, so it’s not some crazy never ending task.
Post # 22
Woah there! How did you guys do that?!
Posting this thread has been a massive help. I’m so glad I did it. I feel a little better and I’m doing it. I’m packing! Slowly, but at least it’s happening.
I’ll reply properly later. But now I have to pack! Thank you.