“I’ve never been one to stay still. I was born a nomad, and I still am a nomad and always will be.” – Waris Dirie
For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve been a nomad all my life. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been moving houses, schools and cities in Mexico, the United States and Brazil. It’s exhausting and I swear every time feels like the first.
About two weeks ago, I started the process of moving to a bigger city to begin a new chapter in my life. This time was no different from the other 16 times, if only more annoying and exhausting. I know most poeple don’t move this much in their lives, so if you are about to move houses, apartments, cities or even countries, keep reading, these tips might come in handy.
- Brace yourself 😱
- Not trying to bring you down here, but moving is hella annoying. You will be surrounded by boxes, dust and hard work almost every day. Get yourself some ramen and thank me later. Be ready to wake up super early, sleep on the ground and sell your soul to the devil.
- Make a schedule and work around it ⏱
- Whilst in the middle of moving, don’t expect to live your life like usual. Moving will take most of your time and you’ll have to work around a schedule to be efficient. Extra points if you get additional help – you’ll need it.
- Pack in advance 📦
- I cannot emphasize enough how important this is. If you want to make your moving experience less stressful, start packing three to two weeks in advance. This saves time, stress, money, you name it. If you think two weeks early is too much, it probably isn’t.
- Pack by sections 🖇
- I’d recommend starting with smaller items and stuff you don’t need on a daily basis. This will save SO MUCH TIME. Organize your drawers, leave the essentials and put the rest in plastic or cardboard boxes, so when the time comes, you only have to pile them up in your car and focus on other things.
- Suitcase it up 🎒
- Grab your suitcase and pack as if you were going on vacation for a week: three pairs of jeans, a couple of shirts, a jacket, a dress, two pairs of shoes, your toiletries, laptop and charger. Why? This way, you can pack everything else and leave only the essentials within reach. It’s all about being practical.
Sweater, denim skirt and belt – Stradivarius
Of course, every moving experience is different and it depends a lot on where you’re going. It’s not the same moving apartments in college than moving to the other side of the world. My best advice would be: plan accordingly, these things take time.
Also, huge shoutout to my sister for taking my pictures and to the random Starbucks down the street for letting me use its WiFi, you guys rock my world. 💫