For the first 18 years of my life, I lived in the same house. Since then I have moved EIGHT times. That's about 1x a year. (ugh).
Luckily, my anal-retentive organizational skills have served me well each time--especially last time, when I had to live out of a suitcase and put everything I owned into a 5' by 10' storage space.
Having done all the moving myself (with the exception of a couple big pieces of furniture), this experience taught me a lot about myself and about life. With no further ado:
ALL I EVER NEEDED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM MOVING
1. You can cram in a lot more stuff if you plan ahead.
2. It's okay to ask for help. Only a foolish person would try to carry a heavy load alone. Doing so leaves you battered and broken in the end.
3. When you are moving in the right direction, lights come on and doors open automatically.
4. For every two minutes you spend organizing, you save yourself about 10 minutes of searching.
5. The human body possesses amazing strength, stamina, and abilities. Few people ever tap into these capabilities because they are too busy identifying their flaws.
6. True friends make time in their busy lives to help you when you are in need.
7. It's important to know what's most precious to you so you can protect it and keep it near to you. It's also crucial to recognize what you no longer need in your life, and get rid of it so it doesn't weigh you down.
8. Some of the most beautiful things in life don't fit neatly into boxes.
9. Driving with a truck full of baggage causes you to proceed with caution, and weigh each maneuver carefully before heading out on your journey.
10. Friends who help you out deserve to be spoiled and told profusely how much they are appreciated.
11. Leaving a place you called 'home' is hard, no matter how long you lived there.
12. It's amazing how well the different parts of your life fit together if you just learn how to arrange them.
What lessons have you learned from moving?