I HATE moving!!!!!

@bevvy22 (279)
United States
April 21, 2008 9:35pm CST
We are moving this weekend...again. This makes, literally, the thirteenth or fourteenth time my husband and I have moved in 18 years of marriage. The first time was easy compared to now, very little then, now mostly junk it seems. I have learned how to pack properly at least, the first time I packed my husbands books, I put them all in one box. A washing machine box and it was full. My husband just looked at it and laughed...then he put them in several smaller boxes. Have you moved often or been able to live in pretty much one place? When you move do you pack carefully or just throw it in whatever you are moving with? We tend to just throw stuff in the back of the truck and hope something falls out on the way. Do you have any moving stories that are either funny, or horrorful? Please share.
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
23 Apr 08
We have moved several times and there is nothing funny about moving (My husband may think of something that he thinks is funny)I will keep you in my thoughts this weekend and hope that when you get to where you are going that you didn't lose your mind somewhere along the way! However if you do, don't worry about it because it will catch up eventually--kinda like lost luggage.
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I think I am still waiting for my mind from the last move...hope it gets the forwarding address. Thanks for the resonse.
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
23 Apr 08
LOL. If i see it i will send it along!
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@bdugas (3581)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Since 1994 I believe I have moved 10 times, we had to file for disability for my husband for an injury on the job, when he settled Feb 1997 we bought a trailer and a piece of land, one year later we sold that and bought the house we really wanted in 1998, in 2000 we lost the house over owing $3000. dollars on it we could not pay still waiting on Social Security to come up with his pay per month. Moved to a rented house of a friend who let us stay there for free, until his sisters found out and came put us out , we moved to his sisters still waiting on Social Security, we stayed there till fall of 2000, and we bought an other trailer with the money we got from the sale of some other property, it was just a small trailer to wait for when social security was paying back pay,Sept of 2001 we finally got to buy the trailer we wanted and for once in all those years we was able to just sit down and have peace. But I guess I caused the trouble with my big mouth, I made the statement that now I had a place that was mine and no one could take it from me. See we live in South East Louisiana, and there are hurricanes, 2004, Hurricane Ivan came through and a tornado spun off it, hit my trailer and blew it apart, we moved what we could save to a one room apartment and then 2 weeks later moved it all to a bigger 3 bedroom house renting to think what we wanted to do next in the way of either buying another trailer or getting a house, we had been paid from the insurance for our loss and we bought all new furniture and clothes and tvs and the lot, We was told we would have to move from the 3 bedroom to another rental because the house had been sold so we moved across the street. Not even a year later along came Hurricane Katrina and we lost everything we had bought new again. I was litterly in the street, I came to Ohio where my kids live and got an apartment, when FEMA called to say they had a trailer ready for us, I couldn't do it, the thought of moving again of the storms taking what you have every year or so, now my hubby after 3 years wants me to pack up and go back home, to get rid of all my furniture and start over again. I'm sorry I just can't take any more moving, I am in a place while it may not be home, it is safe it is nice and I dont' want to deal with starting all over again.
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Wow, sorry to hear of the horrors you have had to deal with. Moving for you has been a survival to say the least. Best wishes to you and your family in the future. I can understand completely not wanting to start over...again!
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@bdugas (3581)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Thank you so much for your kind words, one day I might decide to go home, but it will take awhile, I feel settled for once in a long time.
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
22 Apr 08
The thought for me is exciting, another place, environment,people,and all but the preparations and packing makes me feel so tired and usually, I do know where to start! I have just tried once and I was not careful about keeping things, I just place it whenever which box is next to me! hahahaha, after those time, I felt so tired and it took a while before I was back to normal!
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
23 Apr 08
New places are exciting...getting there can be a pain. Thanks for your response.
• United States
23 Apr 08
I agree! Happy posting!
@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
23 May 08
I think the best moving story I have is that I once moved across the street. And we did carry some things across the street even though it was a busy street and there was a lot to carry. When I was with my first husband we once moved in the middle of the night and that was NOT fun! One time I had stored some things at my btother's in a storage building that he had by his garage and when I got ready to move, we went to load the truck to move and we noticed that some of the kids' toys looked a little chewed. My brother's friend decided to empty the box on the bed of the truck just to check it out and there were about 20 mice that came running out and scurried to places all around, scaring us, but probably more scared than we were. We then had to check all the things we were moving to be sure there were no more and I had to stand in the drive way and clean the top of the stove since we noticed that they had gotten into the flour, which was in a box on top of the stove, and made a mess all over the top of the stove.
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
26 May 08
Well idowrite72, it sounds as though you had some of your things packed in cardboard boxes; just a smost people do. However, I have had a similiar experience with rodents too. Try purchasing some of those heavy duty plastic bins with lids like at Walmart. That way it keeps your stuff protected from bugs and rodents as well as dry; if there's any possiblility of water, if you have to store them on the floor. Thank you for your story.
@paulw33 (297)
• United States
23 Apr 08
well i have moved a whole lot in my life the most horror moveing when i was smaller and moveing from hotel to hotel because me and my mom was moveing and moveing bcause of a man that use to beat us all the time i was beat black and blue but he always could find us someway or nother but finally we did get away but i have also moved alot in adult hood to and your right it does suck very badly i hate it paulw33
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Wow, Paulw33, that is a nightmare. I am glad you and your mother escaped that maniac and I hope you are ok now. Best wishes for your family in the future.
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@sharon_ (1171)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I hate moving too! If possible, I plan the move well in advance though. I pack a little bit everyday and I tend to put everything in its place and mark what it is and where in the new house it goes. Good luck with the moving!
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Sounds like a good plan, Sharon_. Thanks for the response and the well wishes.
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@garthl (37)
• China
23 Apr 08
yes, I hate moving too, so I buy my own apartment. so if you hate moving, why not try to buy a house? then you can settle down. it is really awful to pack stuff and moving. I think I will throw a lot of stuff if I move.
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Buying a house is a good idea, but not always the solution. We have had to move mostly for job reasons, being transferred, etc. Thanks for your insight Garthl.
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@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
I've moved several times over the years and I'll probably have to at least once more yet. I really don't want to though. Gotten exceedingly sick of it.
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Yes, it is sickening.
@heart143 (1204)
• Philippines
22 Apr 08
Yes, I hate moving too. It takes a lot of effort and patience in packing and labelling before you can move. We have moved three times in ten years and it's a thing I didn't really enjoy. Packing takes a lot of time. I start packing things a month before the actual moveout date. My husband collects blue and white porcelains so those are the things I pack first carefully wrapping them one by one, putting them in a box and label it. Your hard work doesn't stop once you have moved to your new place already. You have to unpack all your stuff and put them in its proper places. Moving really sucks!
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
22 Apr 08
You hit the nail on the head for me too. Thanks.
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@nengs10 (3188)
• Philippines
22 Apr 08
I also don't like moving especially when I am used to the place where I lived. I moved to another house before too. The main reason was that, I need to be near my work so it won't be a problem anymore of going to work early. Also, I can save some money due to minimal transportation expenses.
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Finance has been a reason for a few of our moves as well. Thanks for the response.
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Not so often as you it seems but more than I would care to, to say the least. Each and every time I hated every single minute of it and interesting enough, something almost always disappeared during the process...and it would always be something I wanted not to disappear. On the lighter side, out of 8 or 9 times moving I only ended with damaged goods one time and only one time.....When I hired a moving company to do the task for me.
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
22 Apr 08
You actually had someone else move you? Wow, you must be living the dream...LOL. I have had to do it everytime on my own. I wouldn't trust anyone else anyway I don't think and it sounds like you won't ever again. Thanks for your response.
@buldwgz (1483)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Moving sux. I can think of many things I would rather do, like stub my toe, or hit my head against a wall, or just sit for hours and hours...MOVING SUX!
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@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Ah, so eloquent in your response buldwgz. Thank you.
@wasim989 (2302)
• India
22 Apr 08
Yeah its kind a very stressed and a boring job even though I have never moved yet I will not like to move at all unless it is very very important.
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
22 Apr 08
I suggest that you try your best to never move. It can be very stressful.
23 Apr 08
Moving is not so terrible...well i love people who are moving because it's my job to move them. I work on weekends.It don't cost much until june so be happy..but paking and unpacking is really boring i agree
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
25 Apr 08
The most stressful part is changing adresses via post office, changing over utilities and paying deposits, finding new schools for the kids, finding new doctors, and if moving out of state, new driver's licenses. It's great that this is your lone of work, someone has to do it that has a lot of patience and able to do hard physical labor all day.
@lvaldean (1612)
• United States
22 Apr 08
I guess I have been lucky my last 5 moves have been corporate moves. This means that someone else did all the packing and unpacking for me. Although the one in the middle was a bit interesting as it was an international move and so most of my household goods were in storage for two years. The last one was also interesting. I always move my own pets. This time though I traveled across country with a 230 lb Mastiff. Because of his size I actually had to rent a large van so he and the rest of the zoo would be comfortable. That was a move from Virginia to back home to Texas. I drove the van with the Mastiff, the Rottweiler, 4 cats in large cage, and a Cockatoo. My husband drove behind me in the car. Every two hours we stopped for a break - should have seen the looks on peoples faces when the monster dog climbed out of the van. Cats on leashes is always fun as well. I don't mind moves really. It means I pare down my household. Get new stuff. Keep only what I love.
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Wow, that is a big dog. Ours weighs about 65 pounds so we are lucky there. It can be rough on the animals too. thanks for your response.
@lvaldean (1612)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Yeah Miles is big. But he is about standard for his breed, British or English Mastiff; depending on who you ask on the naming convention. The males run to about 240 and the females to about 225 normally. The are the largest domesticated dogs. They are also gentle and lovely pets. My Rotty / Sheppard mix is about 70 lbs and looks like a puppy next to him. She can almost walk underneath him.
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Well ivaldean, it sounds like your babies are beautiful and loving. Dogs are so smart and return and unconditional love to people. I don't know what I'd do without my big girl, Miss Piggy.
• Canada
23 May 08
I could never move around that much. I go back and forth between Guelph Ontario and Sedona Arizona every few months because of my husband's job, but I'm always lcky enough to come back to Guelph, and the "move" is never perminant. Right now I consider my apartment to be a "very expensive storage unit."
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
26 May 08
Wow that move, danishcanadian, must be difficult going that distance. I completely understand how the "very expensive storage unit" has been created by accident. There are still boxes and bins that we never even bother to unpack at all. My husband collects sports cards and any mind of sports memorabilia. All this tales up a lot of room. Not to mention the cards are a huge nusiance to move; especially since he has a quater of a million cards. We've been carrying them around for 18 years. He has to store them in well ventilited areas. So, they take up most of my closet spaces. Ohh well, we learn something from each moving experience. Be careful on your future moves back and forth. If renting, be sure to invest in renter's insurance. Best of luck and Take care...:)
• United States
23 Apr 08
bevvy I not only hate to move myself but, Imagine being a truck driver for 12 years moving everyone else around the country. Mayflower got 12 years of service out of me as an owner operator, and you want to talk about backbreaking experiences.....lol. NEVER AGAIN! If I have to move, I will leave everything for the next tenants lol.
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Thanks for the insight lttlmischievious. I had neglected to think of the professional movers out there. It has to be even worse for them.
@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Apr 08
I hate moving too. It was five years ago when we move here and we still have some boxesthat we could not find room for the stuff in them. We started out carefully packing things and ended packing and stuffing stuff into our friends truck just anywhere.but I will never forget when my mom and sister and I and my two kids moved from arizona to here in 'Californis. Our part of the move went pretty smoothly then I helped my mom and sis to get theirs in the van. Now when we got to California and unloaded at our two new houses my mom found her garbage can okay thats not too bad or is it? she had one idiot working for her moving stuff and he left her new garbage can back in Arizona but brought the old one,stinking mass of garbage and all, back with all her furniture. the smell You would have thought those guys would have at least smelled that would you not?
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
23 Apr 08
You would think they would have smelled the garbage...idiots indeed. thanks for your response.
@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
22 Apr 08
oh well, so far i had moved 2 times in my four years in australia... the first time i moved from my dormitary to a rented flat with my hubby when i get married in dec 2005... then i move from my rented flat to my house because i buy a new house in august 2007... i also don't like to move as it is so troublesome and very tiring... as much as i can, i would love to stay in the same place for as long as i can... now that i had settled in, i hope that i don't have to move again for a long time to come...
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Best wishes on staying put where you are for a long time lingli_78. thanks for your response.
@MGjhaud (22334)
• Philippines
22 Apr 08
I don't like moving too. I've moved places so many times before with my sister because I used to live with her before but the times that I moved alone was I guess three times. I don't like the work of putting all my things in a box and having all those dust and taking so much care about those breakable stuff. And when you're in the new place, you have to unpack it all and cleaning some extra dust again. When I move from one place to another, I tend to make it clean. I'm actually planning to move out here in my apartment too but just thinking of moving out, I get lazy.
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Thanks for your response. I worry about breaking things too that I like.
• United States
22 Apr 08
I hate moving. Luckily, I haven't had to move in the last seven years, but before I came here I moved at least two or three times a year. I have to say I am an expert packer now. When I moved, I would pack everything according to what room it went to. I would also use packing as an excuse to get rid of unwanted items. Packing according to rooms makes it easier to know what box goes where when you get moved and it also helps because you know what needs to be unpacked first and you don't have to go searching.
@bevvy22 (279)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Yeah, I try to keep a method to the madness too. Thanks for the response.