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10 Less Obvious Stresses of Moving

I'm moving out of my apartment at the end of the month, and the prep is becoming all-consuming. Just today, since getting home from work, I've spent 3 hours getting organized. There are so many things to do, and I'm feeling a bit anxious about how many items are on my to-do list. To help quell the ceaseless stream of my thoughts, I figured I'd vocalize them in a list!

    1. Cleaning out the refrigerator and pantry

    I had a lot of dry goods in my pantry, so I've been eating pasta every day for the past week. Fortunately, I happen to love pasta, but I look forward to getting back to my usual dietary variety. I just can't bear to throw perfectly good food away, and most of my items aren't in a state to be donated, so I'm trying to eat through everything little by little.

    2. Dealing with big, clunky items

    I'm talking about the bed, the couch, the kitchen table... there's a lot to consider. I'm planning to sell most of these, but I'm also doing some scenario-planning on the off chance that they don't get sold and I'm responsible for moving big furniture myself.

    3. Coordinating item sales and donations

    Coordination is so time-intensive. I'm finding I need to correspond with so many people, since I'm trying to sell most of my stuff. What I will say is that I'm happy I started early. If I had to do everything in the week before the move, I'd be especially stressed.

    4. Making sure not to forget anything

    My apartment only has a few rooms, yet it seems to be full of nooks and crannies. I'm concerned that I'll forget something important, so I'm planning to triple-check every room in the days immediately before move-out.

    5. Doing a final deep clean

    I'm not actually worried about performing the deep clean itself. Weirdly, I kind of enjoy cleaning and find it very satisfying. I'm more stressed at the thought that it represents another few hours in my already-busy pre-moveout schedule. I just want to make sure everything looks presentable for the new tenants, and I don't want my landlord to find fault with the apartment when I leave.

    6. Worrying about receiving my deposit back

    Speaking of my landlord finding fault with the apartment... worrying about not receiving my deposit back is, admittedly, stressful. I was pretty fastidious when I moved in last year and made sure to document the state of all the rooms, but there's still a worry in the back of my mind that something won't be up to my landlord's satisfaction and he'll withhold the deposit. I know tenants have rights and that we're entitled to our deposit back, but I shiver at the pain in the neck small claims court would represent. Am I catastrophizing? Yes. *Sigh*

    7. Changing your address online, on government IDs, and at work

    I haven't even thought about this yet, but it's on my eventual to-do list.

    8. If moving out of state - getting a new license plate and registering your car

    I actually don't have a car (nor do I really want one), so, fortunately for me, this is only a theoretical worry.

    9. Planning for the immediate aftermath of the move

    This includes thinking about where to stay, whether your belongings need to go into storage or can be moved directly into a new place, returning the keys, and more.

    10. Saying goodbye to your neighbors

    I happen to love my next-door neighbors, so it'll be a shame not to be able to see them as often anymore. The neighbors living above and below me have also been so considerate, clean, and quiet, and I know very well this isn't the case everywhere, so I'll be sad to have less predictability on that front when moving to my new place.

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