By Karen C. Altfest
If you are planning to move from one home to another, you’ll probably be gearing up for moving day. Maybe you’ve interviewed movers, trashed a lot of unnecessary stuff, and given things to your favorite relatives or thrift shop. If you’re selling a home, you probably purged some possessions so potential buyers can comfortably open your closet doors without going into shock.
Now your job seems to be to put things in boxes, label carefully, and look towards getting through moving day. If you’re in New York City, you have to alert the building you are moving out of and the building you are moving into, reserve the freight elevators, and plan to move during the hours those buildings allow. Then you’ll be in your new home, right? Not so fast.
Once moving day arrives, all those people you paid or who volunteered to help you seem to disappear. Unpacking is a bigger task than packing. Decisions come hard and fast. Where were all those clothes stored before, because they sure don’t fit in this new home. Telephone lines (if you’re using land lines) are hard to arrange, mail goes to the wrong place, first you don’t get newspaper delivery and then you get doubles of everything. People tell you they have your new address on file but don’t use it. Doctors’ offices and banks won’t change your address without proof that you’ve moved. And then there are those minor things you forgot to take care of, for example, putting curtains on the windows to protect your privacy and cut the glare from the city lights so you can sleep at night.
When you get there take a deep breath, look around, give yourself a cheer. Whatever it took, you have made it to your new home!