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Via Vivid Life

Moving is one of those tasks that everyone seems to want to do themselves, at least at first. Once you have a few moves under your belt, you will gladly hire a mover and hide at a coffee shop until all of your belongings are safely packed up and shipped to another house.

During your first few moves, something different happens. You want to do everything yourself.

For many people, moving yourself into a new home or apartment is a rite of passage. You plan your moving checklist, buy your boxes, and get down to business. Once you are ‘in the weeds’ is when things really begin to get interesting.

First, you need more boxes at midnight on the day before your lease is up. Second, the moving truck rental company that you thought was reliable ends up cancelling your truck without notifying you of that fact. Just to top it all off, you end up with weather reminiscent of the Amazon during rainy season on the day of your move.

Why does this happen? When you start moving, you’re naturally excited about moving to a new place and all of the changes that are happening. You’ve probably underestimated the amount of time that it actually takes to move. Even the most basic checklist might include the following items:

  • Signing your lease
  • Getting the keys to your new place
  • Returning your old keys and getting your security deposit back
  • Changing your address by filling out a USPS change of address form
  • Canceling your power, security, TV, phone, internet, and gas providers at your old apartment
  • Activating all the same providers at your new apartment
  • Figuring out how to work the new automated thermostat and Wi-Fi enabled door locking mechanism
  • Packing up all of your things
  • Labeling your boxes
  • Renting a truck
  • Packing the truck with your boxes and furniture
  • Moving the boxes and furniture into your new home
  • Unpacking the boxes and arranging the furniture

Each of the tasks above takes time and energy to do, and can seem like an insurmountable task when you have the weight of all of the rest of the moving tasks piling up on you. Sure, you do know how to do them, but should you do them? Probably not. Even if you aren’t moving tomorrow, go back to the list and think about how many of the tasks that we’ve listed above you could outsource to someone else or take care of ahead of time. You might be surprised by what you find.