Let's talk about moving for a few minutes. Moving to another house in the same community is stressful. Moving to another province is sometimes a little too much to handle. Recently my boyfriend and I have moved from our home province of Newfoundland to Nova Scotia. We have moved for the opportunity to further careers. But that's not the point. The actual moving is my topic of conversation.
Moving is complicated and stressful but I will try to go through all that we have been through in getting our new apartment and actually moving our stuff for lack of a better word to another province.
So Evan and I did not live together in Newfoundland so we did not have a lot of the bigger ticket items which was probably for the best. Packing your life away is difficult and now if we move again which will probably happen we will have to rent a moving truck for everything we recently bought. Because now we have a couch, lots of storage, a new bed and tons of clothes.
My advice on packing it up and moving to another province will be starting simple. First off, sell off anything you think will make it easier to move. Essentially purge everything because there are always things that you have but never use and instead of bringing them to another province, just sell them. I have learned to be a little bit of a hoarder from my beloved mother so purging was a necessity. We had a cute little yard sale in the pouring rain which actually turned out pretty good even for the goal I had in mind. Plus let's be honest its some extra money in your pocket before you are about to do the BIG move.
Then I started to pack up everything that was not necessary, it's just easier to do a little bit everyday. I packed random bits that I would be needing soon like books and movies. But funny enough when I was getting ready to pack up the car to go, I did not bring any of my movies or books because there was not enough room.
Third piece of advice is listen to your mother. While I was packing, and completely stressed, my mom would give me so much advice and because I was far too grumpy and didn't want to listen at the time I regretted it. But eventually I gave in and she did help when coming to what I should actually take with me. Which is why I ended up not taking my movies and books.
Which leads me to number 4, pack the majority of whatever you have in garbage bags, they are much easier to manipulate into whatever place that you have left. Obviously packing clothes, or anything soft in them will just make it easier on everyone than a random box. Since we only had one car to pack for this travel experience, we packed as best as we could, which meant stuffing the car to the brim.
Once you are all packed and ready to go, we need to discuss the boat if you are coming from Newfoundland. You have two options of boats, you can either get the one from Argentia or from Port aux Basque. It is up to you, with Argentia you will be on a boat for a longer period of time but you won't be driving as much as Port aux Basque. And vice versa for Port aux Basque. It's a personal preference really but I will say that you need to spring for a cabin, it will make it a much better experience if you do, I promise. Getting that tiny amount of sleep will make the next part of your drive just that little bit easier.
Finally arriving when you think it will get better, it doesn't. We have been here for a month now, everything moved in and all of our new purchases put into place. And even now we still find things that we think we need or could change in this place. We still have a second bedroom with almost nothing in it now but that's alright, it's only been one month. It is a continuous battle.
My best piece of advice is this, super simple if I say so myself. Be happy with whatever state you end up in. Just that it's super stressful and you need to be kind to yourself. It's not going to be easy and it will not get sorted out quickly. Just know that it will in the end work out and that you just have to be kind during the process.
Let me know any other tips for moving and being more efficent.