Hello lovely readers!
I'm Kaylee, and I blog over at with love and heartness. I'm a (semi) newly engaged 25-year-old who just moved from Michigan to my new favorite city- Pittsburgh.
Because moving from one state to another is stressful (on top of the already added stress of actually, you know, moving) I figured I'd lend a hand and offer up some tips for crossing the borders into your new life.
1.) Definitely get your best friend(s) to help you pack.
If I didn't have my bff helping me pack up all my stuff and labeling it, I don't know what I would have done. Ok, so it helps that we were living together at the time and we already had to divide up the stuff... but still. We went down memory lane together and she helped me think of creative ways to store stuff for the move.
Because if it went my way, I may have ended up with broken plates and glasses. Whoops!
Plus, you get your "last chance" to take those random photos with each other!
2.) Research how to obtain proper ID once in your new state.
This includes the car, if you have one. Granted, Ashleigh is now living the military life, and I'm not an expert on what that includes, but I do know that it's a good idea to have a game plan for what you'll need to become a legal resident.
It was pretty painless for my license, but I didn't realize my car had to go through an inspection in PA! That kind of money added up when I had to think about the cost of repairs and the actual inspection- plus the time it took to get it all done!
The more you know before you get down (or over, or up) there, the better. You know what they say about proper prior planning...
3.) Do not stress about the little things with moving.
It's really easy during this time to get worked up- oh my god I'm leaving this place FOREVER! I have to live in a NEW STATE! What if they don't have a Meijer!?- but it's seriously going to be fine.
Except that I really do miss Meijer.
But if you start to think about all the things that will need to be done in the next day, week, month, year, it will drag. you. down. Think about how much fun you'll have on this mini vacation and how grateful you'll be once you get down there! For Ashleigh (and me) it's for a new life with a new guy. I was so stressed about making sure we had the money for rent, getting out utilities set up, making sure the right clothes were packed for my job, etc that I forgot to enjoy the realization that I was going to be living with my man!
|in our new city!|
Obviously you'll be back, but take a few moments and see the things you want to see! Explore that museum you've thought about, or go downtown for one last bite at the best local place.
I had a group of my friends from work all come together to play at our favorite bar. I made sure to play outside a few times with my cousins and brother. I spent as much time as possible with my bff's. I made sure to stock up on Michigan things too- things that would remind me of home.
|and maybe have family send some stuff in the mail|
5. Enjoy this time!
Yeah, so you've got 20398 boxes and the added stress of gas costs, moving trucks, and accommodating more than one persons schedule. But you're also MOVING TO A NEW STATE!
That's a pretty great feeling of accomplishment and adulthood. And you get to be a tourist in your NEW city. Which is a lot of fun! Take the little tours of your city. Go see a baseball game. Explore downtown or the beach or whatever it is that makes your new place so exciting!
And Ashleigh, enjoy being a newly-wed in everything you do. Lean on him more than you normally would, because that's the man that will dry your tears when you miss your mom too much to put into words.
And for anyone else enduring a cross-border-move: make sure you drink lots of water and have an array of CD's available to listening pleasure. But don't forget to flip to the radio every once in a while to get the local flavor.
See you in your new state!