Moving to a new place, regardless of your reasoning, is always a huge decision. In my case, moving to New York City has always been a dream of mine; it just took an extra push of confidence for me to actually decide that it was time to see my dream through. After I finalized the decision, I was caught up in so much of my own excitement I forgot to actually think about all of the things that I’m going to have to do before I actually move. So, once I realized it was crunch time and I needed to figure a lot of things out in a shorter amount of time, I decided to make this check-list. Here is my idea of what everybody should do before they take the plunge and move to a big city.
Pack ONLY the necessities: This was the first thing on my list and definitely one of the hardest. It’s so difficult to go through all of your belongings and tell yourself that you might not really need a plethora of the things that you own. I know it’s hard, but it’s definitely worth the time and effort. One thing that might put your mind at ease while you’re packing is the simple fact that you are moving to a big city and if you do decide you need more things, you can just go out and buy them. I don’t know about you, but that thought definitely helped me while I was deciding what I needed to bring to NYC.
Give yourself a budget: When moving to a new and exciting place for the first time, it’s extremely easy to get caught up in all of the fun things that you can do. The one thing that you have to remember before you decide to buy all of the tickets to every single show on Broadway (like I most likely will do) is that you are most likely are NOT a millionaire and that you are on a college budget and should spend all your money wisely. It’s never a good idea to put yourself in the position where you have to choose between a fun activity and a necessity, like food, so make sure you’re keeping yourself in check. It’s easiest to do this if you set aside ‘treat days’ for yourself, maybe once a month, and on that one day spoil yourself with tickets to something or a new outfit but make sure all of the other days you’re watching yourself to make sure you’re not going overboard.
Make a bucket list: For me, this was the easiest task on my list, mainly because I am moving to my favorite city in the world. When you move to a place, you feel like you’ll have all of the time in the world to do whatever you want where in reality, you definitely don’t. Especially in a place like NYC where you can literally do a new thing every day and still miss out on so much. A great way to make sure that you really do live out your dream is to make a list of everything that you want to accomplish while you’re there. This requires some research on your part, look up the things that you’re interested in and see what’s going to be happening while you’re there. Not only will this get you even more excited to complete your move, but it will also give you things to look forward to while you’re there! Most of the time you’ll probably working so this is definitely a good thing to have and every time you check something off, I promise you’ll feel an unexplainable sense of accomplishment!
Have fun!: This might sound like a stupid thing to put on this list, but trust me it’s not. Moving is stressful and many times people get lost in the stress and anxiety of moving to a new place and forget the reasons why they are actually moving. I know that when I am completely stressed about either looking for an apartment or what I need to be packing, I always have to step back and remind myself that this is my dream. I have to make sure that I remember that when I get to NYC and live out my dream it’ll all be worth it and I will be ecstatic! Even though that also sounds super lame, trust me, it works and is definitely something that you have to keep in mind! Take a look at that bucket list you made and remember that all of the stress and everything leading up to your move is worth it. I promise, you’ll be glad you did.
Well, here are just some of the things that have been getting me through my stressful time of planning and actually trying to move. Making the decision to move is huge but actually going through it is extremely difficult so I hope that these tips can be helpful to you! If you’re in the process of moving, good luck and bon voyage!
Until next time,
- Arielle Ozery