The Way You Move

There are many things for which I strongly believe I have now become too old. Those really short tiered skirts, for instance, or overnight music festivals where you have to camp in a field. I am also, at thirty, too old for standing in bars. I’d like to sit, please, if that’s okay. Could you move your beer for me, young whippersnapper? I need a place to put my Metamucil-laced glass of sherry. And my false teeth.

I didn’t know it until this morning, but I am now also too old to move without movers. Every single move I’ve ever made before this one---both by myself and with Sean---has been just me, a U-Haul, and a whole lot of brute strength. But there comes a point in your life, I think, when you have shoe-horned so much stuff into your tiny one-bedroom apartment, that you can no longer bribe your friends with pizza and beer to help you move it. You need to throw money at the problem at this point. You need to bring in the professionals.

Internet, I must tell you that hiring movers to move our stuff twenty minutes across town this morning is absolutely the best money we’ve ever spent. Notice that I said this morning: it took them just four and a half hours, from start to finish, to get all of our furniture and boxes out of our apartment, into their truck, and into the right rooms of our new house. Had Sean and I attempted this ourselves, we would still be doing it. We would probably still be doing it tomorrow as well. What’s more, we would have scratched everything to pieces, I bet, and be paying overtime on the truck. Instead, I am now sitting on my couch, in my new living room, four and a half hours after sitting on my couch in my old living room. How civilized! It blows my mind!

Part of me feels a little guilty paying people to do something I’m perfectly capable of doing myself—remember, we’re the sort of people who got a thrill from making our own wedding invitations---but the other part, the bigger part, the part that didn’t have to do any heavy lifting, is actually…pretty much okay with it. I mean, come on, we’re about to re-tile our entire kitchen floor by ourselves next week, I think we can still maintain some DIY cred.

Our movers, in case you’re in the market for some, were excellent. When they first showed up, they looked like three sullen teenage boys with hangovers and I thought oh great, we’ve got the B team, but they soon perked up and started hustling stuff, as though in fast-forward, out of the apartment, down the steps, and into the truck, lather, rinse, repeat. They thought my accent was hilarious too, and took to parroting me when I said “garage.” Garridge, they’d rib good-naturedly, want this in the garridge? After thirty minutes of having to ask me where certain cardboard-wrapped mystery boxes should go, the youngest of the three beamed with relief as he lifted a microwave out of the truck. “Kitchen!” he said, and started to make his way there. “Oh no, that actually goes in the bedroom,” I deadpanned, just to make him laugh. But his face was so piteous when he thought he’d made a mistake that I had to pat him on the arm and apologize for kidding around.

Anyway, the worst is over, I think (although I always remember that King Lear quote when I say that---“the worst is not / so long as we can say ‘this is the worst’”---and wish I hadn’t said it) and the next thing we have to face is the tiny sliver of packing up we still have to do ourselves at the old house. By “tiny sliver,” I actually mean “most of the kitchen,” but what’s a few hundred wineglasses and casserole pans when you’ve packed up the bulk of your life already, you know? This weekend will be devoted to cleaning and patching up the old place and painting our lovely chocolate and charcoal walls back to dull apartment rental white, and then we’ve got Monday and Tuesday evenings to get some semblance of order at the new place before leaving for Barbados on Wednesday.

Because that’s the thing I keep forgetting to tell you! We’re going to Barbados! It’s kind of a poorly timed vacation—or maybe a brilliantly timed one, depending on how you look at it---but we booked it ages ago when I realized this hotel gift certificate I’d won in an auction at work was about to expire. Of course, right now I have no idea which of the three zillion boxes my bikinis and sundresses are in—or, indeed, if I have even seen them since our return from the honeymoon in September---but that doesn’t matter because this time next week, I will be lying idly on a beach. I can hardly believe it. I mean “Man, I could really use a vacation in Barbados!” is something you always say after moving, right? You never actually expect it to happen.

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Jill
Jun 24, 2010

Woo hoo! You're home! Congratulations!

(For the tiling, two words: knee pads.)

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Leslie
Jun 24, 2010

I hired movers when I decided to start living in sin with my fella. TOTALLY worth it! (The movers and the sinning!)

Congrats and enjoy the new digs!

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Locusts and Wild Honey
Jun 24, 2010

Things That Are Totally Worth the Money That I Used to Think Were Frivolous in My 20s:

Pedicures
Movers
Massages
Good bras
Taxis
Paying Someone to Groom Your Pet
Respectable Wine

I'm so glad everything went smoothly. And there's no going back after you have movers even once.

Life, changed.

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A'Dell
Jun 24, 2010

I'm so happy that you're there!

It's so NICE to just have it all there and spend your energy finding a new home for everything.

And, it's sort of magical too, right? ALL your stuff is there and the furniture is in (maybe) the right place and you're all of a sudden just...home.

Welcome home Holly and Sean!

When we moved overseas to Shanghai and back, our company sprung for movers that pack too! After that it will be hard to do it any other way!

Good luck on the DIY tile and happy homemaking!

When we moved overseas to Shanghai and back, our company sprung for movers that pack too! After that it will be hard to do it any other way!

Good luck on the DIY tile and happy homemaking!

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elz
Jun 24, 2010

Oooh, Barbados! Alos, I 100000000% agree, paying movers is worth every single ding dong penny.

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Amanda
Jun 24, 2010

I want your life :) Well not your life per se but one just like it. Actaully Im dating a British guys so kinda like you in reverse. Now I just need to work on the travelling bit

Congrats on the new house.

PS - how many rooms are teal?

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lisa
Jun 24, 2010

Ahhh.....lucky. Im sort of feeling trapped on this island so, escaping somewhere, even if its just a *different* island sounds heavenly. Have a fantastic time.

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She Likes Purple
Jun 24, 2010

Although you've already done the champagne toast to your new house thing, I believe there should also be champagne the first night in your new home.

I believe there should always be champagne, basically.

Congrats! You're homeowners!

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Erika
Jun 24, 2010

Congrats, guys! It's really yours now. You live there!

This is the perfect time for a vacation! You get to rest after all that tiling. Woot!

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marymuses
Jun 24, 2010

I am totally with you in feeling a bit guilty paying someone else to do someone I could do myself! My husband and I recently hired someone to mow our front lawn, and at first I thought, "Should we really do this? Is this really okay?" And wow, is it ever okay. It is more than okay! It is the best idea we've ever had! Instead of trying to coordinate days off with the weather conditions and ending up with an urban prairie by the time we can get the job done, every week our lawn gets mowed, and the recycling bin gets carried up our very steep driveway as a bonus, and everyone is happy.

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marymuses
Jun 24, 2010

I mean SOMETHING I could do myself! Wow, accidentally typing "someone" instead of "something" just made my comment a lot more, um, interesting.

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margot
Jun 24, 2010

Me again, your also-moving anxious commenter from Round 1 the other day. Ha!

Yes, there IS an end to moving, and the relief will be immense and I CANNOT wait. Thank you for reminding me!

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Caitie
Jun 25, 2010

Barbados! Awesome! When our Canada shipment finally arrives in Switzerland, we're hoping to get away to Italy or some B&B in France for a few days. But our damn movers have our life in complete limbo. NO TIP FOR THEM ;-)

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Eliz
Jun 25, 2010

Have a blast in Barbados - we were just there in April for our honeymoon - can I come with??? :0)

And congrats on the move - I think we've graduated to requiring pro movers from now on too...but not for a few years!

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Shut-the-folk-up
Jun 25, 2010

I'm a student and therefore still a firm believer in DIY moving, but have to admit I shelled out £20 for a cardboard box-laden taxi ride between new house and old. It's a lot easier when your possessions don't really extend beyond a suitcase full of clothes and a book shelf.

Congrats on the move!

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Ladysaotome
Jun 25, 2010

Hubby and I decided after our "move from Hell" (yes, we named it, that's how horrific it was) that never again will we do such a thing without movers. Our truck was too small but we didn't know it till 4:30pm after a solid day of loading and try finding a trailer 30 minutes before closing time - we ended up with a 2nd truck and no one to drive it!

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Sandra
Jun 25, 2010

You're coming to BARBADOS!!!!!! How cool is that?!?! Coz I kinda like LIVE in Barbados and I might be your only Bajan reader too. Woo hoo.

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Thespian Libby
Jun 25, 2010

I hired movers for the first time when I moved out of the Pink Palace on Charlotte St, and I've never looked back. Worth every penny. The last move I made in Charleston was difficult because I HAD to be at work the morning of the move. A good friend filled in for me at the old apartment, and I met the movers at the new apartment. The foreman of the moving crew was rather upset over a particular article they had to move. You may remember that I own a 3 ft. replica of Michelangelo's "David". The foreman, shaking his head, informed me that he was charging me extra for having to move "Weenie Man". The crew had to flip a coin to choose the "loser" who'd actually have to pick the statue up and move it.

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SuzRocks
Jun 25, 2010

Oh I can't wait for the day when I can have movers!!! Just think of it as supporting the local economy. Movers need to eat too, you know!

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jennifer in sf
Jun 25, 2010

Yeah. I have no actual plans to move, but I am 100% sure I will be hiring movers when/if it ever happens again.

Also, was there a consensus on whether you tip movers? And how much?

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Emily
Jun 25, 2010

Wholeheartedly agree with the movers. My boyfriend and I had 2 bad apartments in a row, within 2 years, all packing, moving, u-hauling done ourselves. So the last time we moved (to our current place) he had to hire movers...the Boy had just had semi-emergency surgery and I wasn't about to move the couch by myself. BEST THING EVER. Literally just point - it's moved. When we are through with this apartment, it will be movers again.

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Christina
Jun 25, 2010

We have never paid people to help us move, but I got the closest thing the move before our last one. My husband was out of town on business, so I had to do the move myself... and I was pregnant. My amazing and wonderful friends did EVERYTHING (other than pack boxes) and I didn't have to lift a finger (not allowed, you know) - they were amazeballs. And they got it done in a morning/afternoon.

Those boys that you hired sound like they were really great - I'm so glad you're almost done!

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Amber
Jun 25, 2010

Yay for movers and finally being there! Our movers were fantastic last week too! 4 hours! They were also young and fun and kept talking about Thundercats and Dingos. We were able to laugh while moving. What a relief after small claims court and 3 hours on the phone with UHaul the last two moves. The only nuisance has been digging through boxes looking for necessities. Where is the effing sound machine? It was in the nightstand drawer found on day two, but someone didn't seem to remember putting it there. >:( Bumping into the open boxes has been torture on my legs and my hands have never been drier from cardboard and packing materials, but I love finally having a house!

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Rose
Jun 25, 2010

Em, I have a really dumb question. You know your wedding invitations? I checked out that site and saw they had small pieces of card you could print onto. My dumb question is this: how do you get a standard printer to print properly on card? and also on card that small? My printer seems to expect an A4 sheet of paper. I'd appreciate your answer...it would save me from extra wedding invitation related stress!

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shimmyshea
Jun 25, 2010

My husband and I totally went on a vacation right after we moved too (booked ages before we even had an inkling we'd be moving). It was such awesome timing, especially since in our case we did all the moving ourselves (we were only moving six blocks but in hindsight hiring movers would have been worth every penny). I'm going to make sure to book a vacation after a move on purpose from now on. :)

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edj
Jun 26, 2010

DOn't think of it as paying someone for something you could do yourself--think of it as providing employment for someone! Et voila! Problem solved.
We've done the vacation thing backwards. We're in the middle of moving and the inlaws arrive tomorrow for 2 weeks. I like your plan better.

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Carroll
Jun 26, 2010

I concur with the other "look at it this way, you're supporting the economy" commenters. Better your bucks go to those hard-working blue collar kids than the emergency room crew who would have admitted you after some nasty tumble down the stairs when you landed under the sofa on which you are instead now comfortably sitting.

Barbados? Quite perfectly timed!

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jasmine
Jun 28, 2010

someone out there probably needed that money. think of it as doing a good deed. for both yourself and those hung-over students.
i think i might need to follow your example and book myself a nice vacation after my move.

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Jay Banks
Jun 28, 2010

I understand your frustration. I hate moving even though I almost always successfully bribe some of my friends with pizza and cold beer to help me move (unlike you). I have never hired movers to do this awful job for me but I probably take your advice and hire them next time moving somewhere.

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Erin
Jun 28, 2010

I am bookmarking this post and showing it to my husband next time we have to move. Every time we've moved, our kind but clumsy friends have helped, and suffice to say our furniture has seen better days.

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Renee from GA
Jun 28, 2010

Friends could have helped moved me for free, sure, but not as quickly or with zero breakage. After you have accumulated a certain amount of stuff, there is no pizza bribe good enough to make up for the imposition a move makes on your friends!

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kvv
Jun 28, 2010

So the only thing I really remember from Barbados is the flying fish. Try some fried flying fish. Oh, and I think we ate at a Greek place in Christchurch called "Opa." They give you ceramic plates to throw on the floor, but of course I didn't want to break mine, so I kept it.

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Raz
Jun 29, 2010

Having watched my mother and father load up our entire house, taking days, I can only commend you for having it done professionally!

I have to move out of my student halls this weekend and I am NOT looking forward to the packing fiasco. Fighting over generic-looking kitchen equipment is the name of this game.

Have an amazing time in Barbados!

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Kristin
Jun 29, 2010

Sometimes you read a post by one of your favorite bloggers and it just makes you happy like having a cup of coffee with a friend. Thanks for the coffee :)

Haha, I love your writing! Congrats on the House AND the vaca.

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