How To Move 5 Times in 6 Weeks Without Going Crazy
Okay, so maybe you'll go a little crazy but here are some tips on not going completely batty or losing track of things that are important- material items and your mind alike.
The details of WHY you're moving around so much from place to place don't necessarily matter. The fact is that your daily life is being interrupted and your normal routine (assuming you have some order to your day) is totally being flipped inside out. For me the end of summer meant transitioning from living in a community where I had lived for the past year and into a new community. Because of the nature of living with others and not having your life and your decisions being completely based on what you would like, sometimes things happen that are out of your control and you have to go along with them and say, 'Okay.' You cannot do anything about the external circumstances or your situation but what you can do is decide how you are going to deal with it. It helps that I do not own many possessions to begin with (I moved out to California with just a suitcase and a backpack after all!). Over the course of the year I have accumulated a good amount of things but all of those items still all fit into a medium sized car. Being an extremely organized person, I was able to successfully make these various transitions almost pain free with a few professional tricks!
During the first move I had various specific projects going on: I had just began a new consulting job online that required me to be available two days a week, I was in the middle of writing two articles for an online blog (not this one!), I was working on getting paperwork together to get a new car put into my name (title, insurance, etc) and I was planning a 5 day yoga retreat that required me to correspond with participants and retreat staff to effectively communicate to ensure all necessary parts were moving as they should. I had a lot of paperwork and written communication to keep track of.
I present to you... the color coded hanging and portable file folder!
Use this, or something like it, to keep all of your paperwork sorted and in one, portable place. Since you are on-the-go you won't be able to 'set-up-shop' anywhere but will be expected by people to have your paperwork and yourself together as if you were living in a situated, more normalized environment.
I used the blue folder for envelopes, stamps, and any stray notes I had written to myself or business cards I needed to have handy. I kept some scrap paper, a pen, and post-it notes here as well.
I used the green folder for my new car insurance quotes I was comparing, the title transfer, registration, smog and oil check. I also ended up adding receipts to the green section as the weeks went on. I also kept a copy of the California Driver's License handbook in there since the car was registered in CA and my license is still technically a Pennsylvania one. I was prepared for anything.
I used the yellow section for my yoga retreat stuff. I had paperwork from various participants. I had notes on what the schedule would be and notes on various specifics for the day-to-day running of the retreat (It went great, by the way!).
In the orange folder I kept my paper work for my new consulting job. I had to keep specific notes on what the client wanted and also on my progress. Since I like to write things down this was necessary for me to do the job thoroughly.
I used the pink folder for my drafts of my two articles I was working on (remember, I like to work with tangible paper and writing with a pen... so printing out drafts and editing by hand is my favorite!).
I left the purple folder open for any new projects that came up.
This worked for me for a few reasons: Mentally I was able to rest knowing that all of my paperwork was in one place and I knew exactly where it was and could get it when I needed it. Also, I was able to stack each folder on top of the other and close it up easily (it was made for easy carrying and transport). I was able to move my make-shift filing system from place to place without giving it a second thought. Once I was settled, I simply unfolded the folders, hung it up in my new space, and viola! I was ready to work.
Step two to not losing your mind is to keep your electronic necessities in order and safe. With so much moving around it is easy to accidentally break something or misplace an essential item.
Grid-It . Use it. It is so versatile and comes in many sizes. I actually was using my grid-it in this way before the moves. I use it for my iPod which I use for music when I teach my yoga classes. I use it for my WD Elements Back-Up Drive, something I would recommend every one use (either an external hard drive or the cloud) to back-up their important files on their computer). I use it for my iPhone Charger. I use it for my USB connector and for a highlighter which are various items I sometimes need and it is nice to have them handy. Pictured is the small version of Grid-It but they have much larger options which allow for more versatility and configurations.
Another thing that really helped was to pack away clothing that I knew I wouldn't need until the winter months. That way it is out of sight and out of mind. Since you might not be able to quite settle in to once space for too long, try packing a suitcase with the things in it that you know you really love to wear. Pack scarves, leggings, and some other knick knacks. Also, pack a variety of styles (clothing to bum around in, clothes to dress up in, and clothes for a night out with friends). Pack various things you can layer on top of one another. Think: going on a road trip for a few weeks or a month! The best thing to pack is your attitude and an open mind... moving can be fun and adventurous if you can prepare yourself with the necessities to make the day-to-day living smoother.
You have got to relax. Seriously... actually... relax. I snuck a quick rejuvenation session in a hammock during one afternoon off at the yoga retreat. I did a reclining 'bound-angle' pose (Supta Baddha Konasana) on the hammock where the soles of my feet were touching one another and the knees were moving out to the sides. This pose is an excellent hip and groin opener and it helps with flexibility of your hips, knees, ankles and feet. I was laying on my back, closing my eyes, and watching my body breath in and out while in this pose. Something so simple and natural really can effect your mood and outlook and shift the rest of your day. I laid down for about 30-45 minutes, moving into various positions when it felt naturally right to do so. I recommend experimenting with this yourself the next time you decide you want to steal some time to rejuvenate!
Spend time with your friends. Talk to one another. Share and discuss. In times of transition and change it is important to remember that you are not the only one who has been through this and that it will pass. Take time to enjoy the sunset.