12 tips on moving...from a nomad 📦🏡

I have had several people ask me how my move from Texas > Oregon went.  

well, for starters, I drove the whole way. 
2,155 miles / 32 hours.. only stopping twice to sleep in my car at rest stops, and then to visit family in California. 
 
looking back on it now, it went pretty quickly.  with my adrenaline so high and also, focusing on being home, it helped the trip seem short.


this was my eighth time moving.  second time moving out of state.  and every time, I find myself learning more and better ways to make the move easier.  here are some tips that I have found most helpful in my personal moves, and will hopefully be for you too!


1.  start earlier than you think you need to
start getting a rid of things.  start selling.  start sorting.  start packing.  
if you don't have an exact date for your move, then set a tentative one. this will help you with goals, and planning.  but seriously, you can't start soon enough.  once you know you're going to move, have that mindset with everything.  don't buy new things.  save your money even more.  don't eat out.  
trust me, it will all be rewarding in the end.

2.  Facebook Marketplace is your friend
it used to be Craigslist, and I suppose you could still use that site, but I wouldn't recommend it.  Facebook Marketplace is the hub of buy/sell/trade.  utilize this platform for everything.  sell things.  search for your new house/apartment (that's how I found mine!).  you pretty much can't go wrong with it.  and again: start as soon as you can.

3.  detach
before even trying to pack, you need to sort and detach.  detach from anything you do not need.  detach from anything you do not use.  detach from anything that connects you to past friendships, past relationships, past jobs, even the house you are moving from.  detach from anything that no longer serves you.  
and sometimes, this can take one, two or even three different sorting sessions.  this is another reason why you should start earlier than you think.  one week, you may have ten pairs of jeans, but by the day you actually move, you may have narrowed it down to just two.  
ask yourself why you need certain things.  ask yourself how you feel about them.  ask yourself if you will absolutely, 100%, without question need this specific thing in your new home.  
be strict with yourself.  it may seem harsh, but I can almost guarantee you that anything you choose to part with, you won't even miss later.

4.  take only the necessities
to me, the necessities are things you will need upon first arriving to your home.  bathroom essentials?  for sure.  sheets and blankets?  yup.  your $500 water filter system?  absolutely.
that big laundry basket?  nope.  your tv?  no.  all 25 of your plants?  ...ugh... this one was hard for me.  but I did have to part with some of my plant babies, due to no room in my car.  (pro tip: plant starters are easier to take;)

5.  eat only what you have
in an effort to save money and also not to waste anything, eat only what you have.  empty your cupboards, clean out your fridge.  keep anything that isn't perishable for you to take on your trip!

6.  sell as much as you can
Plato's Closet or your nearest thrift store are always good choices for selling clothes.  used book stores are good for books, movies, collections.  oh and again, Facebook marketplace.
this not only helps you downsize, but also hey, $$ for the move!  
get a rid of as much as you can!  and remember: detach.

7.  clean
clean as you pack.  whether this be clothes, dishes, jewelry cases, etc.  
once you get to your new place, you'll be able to unpack and set up your home without worrying that things are dusty or dirty.  maybe this is just me being a bit ocd about cleanliness, but it was a genuinely nice feeling, knowing that everything I was unpacking was clean and ready for use.

8.  give things away
if you can't sell certain things - or don't want to, because of sentimental value - give these things away to family members, friends, or coworkers.  these will make great little going-away gifts and also, help you downsize.

9.  mail things to your new address
being an avid reader, I have tons of books.  I did end of up selling a lot of them (easily replaceable ones. I definitely kept ones with sentimental attachment), but the rest, I mailed to Oregon.  books can be sent Media Mail, which is the cheapest (and disclaimer: slowest mailing option) with the post office.  I sent three 40lb boxes of books for about $100.

10.  suitcases and bags are better than boxes
they are easier to pack things in, and seem to fit better in cars than cardboard boxes.  also I've heard vacuum sealed bags are handy.  I haven't personally used them, but I can image they're great for storage spaces.

11.  utilize necessities that you're already taking
this ties in with suitcases and bags ^
use any towels, sheets and blankets to wrap fragile things.  bubble wrap is also very helpful, but I tried not to buy too much since I was 1) saving money and 2) already had things I could use for breakable objects.  I even wrapped some stuff in my clothes and socks.

12.  sleep in your car
in another attempt to save money, consider not booking any Airbnbs or hotels along the way.  I had my little car packed full with non-perishable things on the bottom, then I layered my pillows and blankets on top of it all (all fragile things were on one side).  and I stopped at two rest areas to climb into the approximate foot of space on top of my belongings to catch a few hours of sleep.  if I can do it, you can too.

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I hope this was helpful.  let me know which tip was the most insightful.  or if you have any others you would add to the list!

first entry in this new season

there's something romantic about being an early riser. you get to enjoy the first quiet moments of the day. having been a barista for over 7 years, and primarily working the opening shift, my body has grown accustomed to waking up before six o'clock.. or even five..

I just moved back to Oregon last week (more on this some other time).  found the most adorable little cottage to rent (that's a whole other blog post too).  I came with my whole life packed into my little Nissan Versa, so absolutely no furniture fit.  I was able to buy a little dining room set yesterday though, and my breakfast nook has a huge window, with some of my crystals and stones set along the ledge.  outside my window, my camellia tree is blossoming. pink flowers and petals sprinkle the lawn too, like confetti on a cake. how funny that I used that metaphor.. because my Mama placed camellia flowers on my first birthday cake.

I just made myself a cup of Earl Grey tea, am cozied in a cardigan that my secret santa gave me last Christmas, and my "Ew, David" socks..

and here I sit.


wow.


deep breaths.


this whole week has been surreal.  just processing and realizing that I am home.  living in Texas for the last two years seems like a past life.  it has been an adjustment, for sure.  being back. being here.  I have done the whole "big move" before but this feels different in so many ways.  not only because I grew and changed so much while in Texas, but also because in there, I had a different mindset.  a different way of doing things.  of coping.  and here, back in Oregon, I catch myself having to remind my heart and brain that we are home.. and free.. and I can embrace my true self again.  not that I wasn't before, but it was more of a bitter process.  a planting and burying season.  that's what I've decided to call my life in Texas. 

but now, it's time to  b l o o m.  to flourish.  and what a perfect time to. my birthday is in one week.  it is officially spring.  Aries season.


my season.