– the before & after –
It’s been six years since I last moved and now I remember why – moving is exhausting, stressful, expensive and man, oh man is it bittersweet!
I flew back to North Carolina last Tuesday to wrap things up in Chapel Hill where I was met by my dad and Briggs who came to lend a helping hand – and paw. The modem and wireless router were the first to get boxed up which forced me to unplug for the past five days and focus on the move – hence the mini blogcation. It was a chaotic few days but we managed to fit in two trips to the ice cream farm, plenty of delicious meals at our favorite spots around town and lots of quality father-daughter-dog time. The movers came and went on Friday which left Saturday completely free for enjoying my favorite things about Chapel Hill –yoga, ice cream with the girls, a glass of wine outside at Weaver Street and a cozy, homemade dinner with friends. I wish I could repeat that day 500 times.
A few months ago I thought the hardest part about moving would be the physical process of sorting, selling, donating and packing -but really it was closing the door to my apartment for the very last time. I sat in the car and cried for a good five minutes before I could turn the key and drive away.
I sure am going to miss this little home but at the end of the day, the good times I had here are what make it so special to me. I’m feeling incredibly blessed to have eight years of wonderful memories, a graduate degree, some life-long friendships -both new and old– and an amazing fiancé to take with me. I can’t wait for the new adventures and memories we’ll make next in San Francisco.
Moving: what’s the hardest part for you?
So packing is definitely the hardest part for me right now. My husband and
I are moving from Hoboken to Santa Monica, CA next week. What do you think is the hardest part of adjusting to your new place in San Fran? Any advice?
Definitely settling into a routine was the toughest. I highly recommend establishing a safe room (it will give you and your hubby a quiet place to relax when you’re utterly exhausted) and writing out a weekly schedule for yourself with meals, workouts and tasks that need to get done! Good luck with the move!!
Good luck settling in to your new home! I don’t mind moving, but I always seem to put off packing for too long, or underestimate the random stuff left behind that seems to be somewhere in between junk and things I should keep. I love discovering new places once I’m exploring a new neighbourhood though. Hope it all goes well :)
Good luck in your new place! The hardest part for me is always packing and saying good-bye to friends. I always end up crying!
The emotional side of moving is definitely the hardest part for me as well. You get excited for what is to come but it is very hard to leave the places that you have made such great memories.
Aw. I totally understand. But I’m so excited for everything your future will bring to you!
Aww, I don’t envy you. I know that has to be the epitome of bittersweet. We’ve been in our place for 17 years and I know I’m going to be a heap when we finally move.
That’s so exciting! A new place means new adventures, and that is the absolute best thing about moving. I don’t envy you having to pack up 6 years’ worth of stuff. We’ve moved three times in the last 2 years, and it’s been brutal – I can’t imagine the process with even more stuff (we’ve weeded out and donated stuff every time we’ve moved). Congrats!!!