Moving day brings stress, change

Curtis Powers

It’s that time of the year again. The dreaded moving time. I’m not sure there are many other things in life as stressful as moving, especially when many other people are, as well.

This was the ninth time I have moved in my life. Half of those moves were before college, with all of the moves spanning more than 700 miles — Texas to California, to Illinois, to Connecticut, back to Illinois. The other half of my moves have happened while in college.

This move was a little different, since it was the first time I have moved while I have been married.

We had to move from our one bedroom apartment to a new place with two bedrooms because my wife is eight-and-a-half months pregnant.

Fortunately, we were able to move early and avoid the July 30 to Aug. 1 rush. We also had a lot of help from our parents and friends, which was nice, since my stuff has multiplied about six times from when I was single.

Thankfully, our little boy also decided to stay in his mother’s womb and not be born before or during the move. Moving with a newborn would have been quite the adventure.

So, if you think your move is going to be stressful, just think about all ways it could be even more stressful, and be glad it’s not. I’ve found that helpful.

I’ve also found, over the years, that moving is good. — I’ve also found that I hate it too.

On the one hand, it’s helpful to be forced to look through all of your crap and figure out if you still need it. That way, you never end up on the A&E show, “Hoarders.” Although I’m sure there are a few of you out there who could be potential candidates in the future, which is a bit scary.

It’s also helpful if you need new roommates or no roommates. After all, sometimes living situations don not always work out for the best. It may also be time to upgrade to a nicer place with a better location. There is a bit of difference between the dorms and, say, a location such as Somerset.

On the other hand, it is a real pain to move, especially if you do it a lot like most college students do. You have to find all of your stuff. Then you have to figure out how you’re going to transport it to the new place. You also might have to store it for a night or two.

Furthermore, you have to clean your old place up, which is never fun. If you don’t clean it that well, you face the prospect of losing your deposit due to the fines and fees. Losing some or all of your deposit is pretty scary, since it’s usually a month’s rent. This is my first time living in a place with a deposit, and I know I’m worried about it — who wants to lose $50 because you forgot to clean under your refrigerator?

Hopefully, after it’s all said and done, things work out and you don’t have to move for a while; that’s what I’m hoping for anyway.