Decided To Move? How to survive!
Written by Renee Oreshkov on January 7, 2017
So you got a new job and have to move. Right now you’re probably feeling excited, happy but also maybe a little overwhelmed. I understand, I have moved 23 times. I am an RN and my husband is an RT. We have worked from coast to coast over the last 15-year until at last settling in Oregon. I’ve learned a lot from those moves, some have been a simple “just move in” to having professional movers and everything in between. What I want to do is share some of the experience I’ve gained so you don’t have to stress so much. Moving will never be a fun job but it shouldn’t “move you to tears”
Where to begin? The Survival Box!
I like to start with what my husband and I call “The survival box”. This can be one or two boxes maximum. Keep it simple and basic. Figure out what you need to live on for one week.
What goes in your Survival Box?
Make sure you include medication, personal hygiene products (toothpaste & brushes, shampoos, etc.), and any paperwork that you will need to present at your new job on your first day. This could be a driver’s license, proof of citizenship, copy of your resume, copy of any certificates (BLS, ACLS, PALS, etc.) that you might need, the list goes on. Make sure the company tells you what you need to bring with you first day and put it in the box.
Don’t forget to pack some silverware and some mugs, you can eat on paper and plastic but they only go so far. Remember to pack your child or pets special items: a teddy bear they can’t sleep without, or a special bowl. Those familiar items will make the move less stressful for your little ones too.
What to do with your Survival Box?
Importantly, don’t let the box out of your sight. Don’t let the movers have it, don’t put it in the truck, keep it with you at all times. Your survival box will help you to have what you need at your fingertips so you don’t have to unpack anything the minute you get to your new home.
Suitcase with a Week’s Worth of Clothing
This is not for clothes, pack a suitcase with a weeks worth of clothing and underwear, and don’t let the movers have that either.
Your first week in your new home is going to be very busy the survival box will make it a little less stressful. “So let’s get a move on.”