Today's tips: how to move and unpack while minimizing anxiety and maximizing health, fun, and happy.
Tip #1. You are underestimating the amount of crap that you have. Yeah, you purged while you were packing, but you still have too much stuff. Get a bigger truck than you think you will need or be prepared to take two trips. And, let me tell you - that second trip is a doozy.
Tip #2. Provide your helpers with sustenance. I sustained my lucky moving team (mom, dad, brother, boyfriend) with cold bottled water, almonds, homemade healthy peanut butter honey granola, dark chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, and beer (obviously).
Tip #3. Make an 'open first box'. This is vital. You would like to think that when you move you will carefully place each box in its appropriate location. This lasts for the first five, maybe six boxes. After that, all hell breaks loose. Your 'open first box' should be carefully planned, clearly labeled, and transported separately. Inside, are the essentials for a happy first few days. Mine contained items such as running shoes/gear, peanut butter, TV remote control, bottle cap opener (see Tip #2), phone charger, and cereal).
Tip #4. You don't have to order takeout on your first night. If you want takeout, order it. But, the grill is strewn in the yard - buy some chicken and bbq sauce and put your boyfriend in charge. Scour your boxes for a baking sheet and throw some sweet potatoes in the oven - or hell just put them straight on the rack. I was lucky enough to locate my knifes and sautee pan so I made asparagus. If you aren't this lucky just add some veggies to the grill and you are good to go. Oh, and cross your fingers someone will stop by with a housewarming gift of wine and fresh bread.
Tip #5. Figuring out your new running route is more important than unpacking. I may or may not have spent many, many hours online already developing running-friendly routes and, of course, running them.
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