Hello Stress!

3 Sep


Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope everyone is enjoying his or her day. Okay, so for the last few months, my house has been up for sale. I decided to share some of that experience with you all.

When I first put my South Florida home on the market, I was told it could take up to a year to sell. Since there was no telling just how long the process would take, I didn’t want to pack away too many things. I began chipping away at the task little by little.

Little by little.

Within a few months, I had an offer from some people who lived in New Jersey. I was jumping up and down with glee – until I was told that if I wanted to make the sale, I had to vacate in three weeks.

What? Three weeks? If I had a cat she’d be surprised too!

Now, I’m talking about a large four-bedroom house, filled with all kinds of things accumulated throughout the years. I’m not a hoarder, but it is difficult for me to throw things out. I took a good look around my home and became completely overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to start.

First, I needed boxes. I bought a few at Home Depot, but my mom had a better idea. She got me as many as I wanted for free from a medical establishment that she and my dad attended. I required other supplies that couldn’t be had for free: tape, bubble wrap and shrinkwrap. With all the necessary materials in hand, it was time to start packing – but where to begin?

Moving - Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog

If you ever need some alone time, just utter these words: “I need help moving.” Family and friends will immediately scatter to the four winds. With this particular project, it seemed I was on my own.

Not Cool!

I thought I knew stress, but it turned out I had only met stress’s annoying younger cousin. Real stress is spelled m-o-v-i-n-g. At one point, I tried to convince myself that I didn’t like the rest of my stuff, just so I wouldn’t have to pack it up.

I don’t really need a bed, and I never really liked that couch it’s too cozy and everybody always wants to sit on it. They just get comfortable and never want to leave.

After two weeks of filling boxes, I was grateful to get a little help from my sister-in-law and my mom. Nevertheless, we hit a wall. What did we know about packing a dining room table and chairs, armoire, Bombay chest or television? I came to the conclusion that I needed professional help. It was time to start getting quotes from movers. Yippee!

Oh yeah! This is going to be fun, NOT!

I called a company that was highly recommended by friends and relatives. Three young guys arrived, fit for the job (if you know what I mean). They were very friendly, charming, and not bad to look at. I was delighted – until the lead man gave me his quote. It turns out moving is also very expensive!

How much?

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending. I got my stuff packed and out of there, and the deal went through.

All’s well that ends well!

Having learned a great deal from this experience and being the kindhearted person that I am, I decided to share some tips with you.

Moving Tips

1/ Make friends with people lifting weights in the gym, before you move.

Hi! What big muscles you have. How much do you lift?

Hi! What big muscles you have. How much do you lift?

2/ Make sure the movers you hire are reputable.

Oops! My bad!

Oops! My bad!

3/ Make sure you tape up your boxes well.


4/ Resist the urge to pop bubble wrap before packing fragile items.

One more. Okay, just one more. Oh hell!

5/ When moving furniture, never be the person walking backwards.


7/ Dolly, good. Hernia, bad.

Ugh! I should have used a dolly!

Ugh! I should have used a dolly!

7/ It’s okay to curse at heavy furniture.

Cursing at the furniture

8/ It’s okay not to be completely honest with your labeling (think about it).

Label boxes discreetly

9/ Don’t forget to put air holes in the boxes when packing your pets. (I recall a gerbil incident growing up)



10/ Don’t pack dog and cats in the same box.

Find your own box!

Okay, seriously, if you’re planning on moving any time in the future these tips will surely help you. Good luck and may the force be with you because your friends and family won’t.

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55 Responses to “Hello Stress!”

  1. glenperk September 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Lol!!! I’m familiar with all that. Except the hottie movers. Women movers aren’t in the yellow pages. 😉


  2. Katie Cross September 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    These are hysterical! Seriously, where did you find all those? That must have taken forever. I’m so impressed. I’m a military wife, so I know the stress of moving. It’s truly the worst! I always get an ulcer from it.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      Thank you Katie! Yes, I had to search high and low for the right gifs. It was fun though, and Tumblr is a good source. Oh my! I tend to deal with things using humor since I was a kid. I think it makes stressful situations easier to manage. If you look for it, you can see humor in almost any situation. Try it next time you move. 😀


  3. nicolehubbard10 September 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    I never had to move before. If I ever do end up moving out then I will definitely relook this blog post up. It is nice to see what male movers are the best to use. Muscular ones are not that bad actually. Lol I do believe it is hard to find out where to start with organizing books, clothes, video games etc. It is great to hear you successfully moved everything out, and the deal for your house went well.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      Thank you so much Nicole! 🙂 Ha,ha! Yes, feel free to come to me for tips when you get ready to move 😉


  4. Rat September 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    lol. humor at your stress. what more we could do to relieve it? lol. interesting tips as well. and yes i think i have to keep in mind to resist the urge to pop the bubble wrap esp before packing. fun read. 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Hi! Thank you very much! I’m glad you found the post fun, that was definitely the idea. 😀


  5. Teagan Kearney September 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    It’s good, Vashti, that you can laugh at what is listed on Wiki Answers as the 3rd most stressful life event you can experience! I’m sure there’s a good story in there somewhere…don’t want to say I enjoyed reading about your troubles – but yes, I did laugh. Sorry!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      I tend to deal with life situations with humor. It’s what works for me. Thank you for checking it out buddy. 😀


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      Ha,ha! Don’t be sorry Teagan! I’m glad you found it funny. That was the idea! 😀


  6. Ashwin Kumar September 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    lol… your moving list is awesome 😛


  7. rcprice September 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Congratulations on the sale and move. Here’s a tip, always buy extra bubble wrap. It’s a great stress reliever!!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      Thank you Robert! Great tip! I’ll have to remember that for the next time. 😉


  8. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin September 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Lol … Thank you I am stressed to the hilt at work this work and I have started the day with a laugh. Having done quite a few moves I feel your pain!!! I am getting buried in my garden. No more moves for me Ha Ha


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      Ha,ha! I’m glad it gave you a chuckle. It’s always nice to start the day with laughter. It’s good medicine. As far as work goes just think about Hawaii. You lucky duck! 😉


  9. J.S. Rogers September 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Oh, I so understand this. We sold our house out from underneath ourselves. First house we attempted to buy fell through. Second house happened without a hitch. Took about 3 months time of stress on stress. Glad you made it through. A great and truthful post Vashti!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      I’m so glad to know people who understand. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. 😀


  10. Bianca Sloane September 4, 2013 at 2:26 am #

    I moved cross country a few years ago and it was a nightmare. Broken items and “lost” appliances. Glad everything worked out for you and most of all, that you can laugh! 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      Oh my Bianca, that’s horrible! I’m sorry you had to go through that. I can’t imagine moving cross country. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂


  11. Sunni Morris September 4, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    OMG Vashti
    I have this coming up and I’m not gung ho to go to Oregon at all. Been there done that, but it’s my husband’s home. Is it worth splitting over? I keep asking myself this question. I’m in a delimna. His dad is 94 so I can understand, but it’s in the opposite direction of my family and my mom.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      Wow! I’m so sorry to hear about your dilemma. That’s a really tough situation you’re in. As far as your question whether it’s worth splitting over? That’s a question only you can answer honey, but I do understand because I was involved in a similar situation. I hope it all works out for you. ❤


  12. Zee September 4, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    Haha! Love number 8. Great writing, Vashti!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      Number eight huh? 😉 Aha! Ha, ha! I’m glad you enjoyed the post Zee. Thanks for stopping by. 😀


  13. Alana Munro - The Author Who Supports September 4, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Oh this is so funny!!! Really cheered me up big time! Hope you are settling in OK and not lost in a sea of boxes? 😉


  14. Jasveenaj September 5, 2013 at 5:12 am #

    Vashti this one was really funny and I loved the gif’s 😀 jassie987 at either hotmail or gmail will get you connected to me. 😀


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      Thank you Jassie! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’ll be sending your questions shortly. 😀


  15. Leanne September 6, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    Oh man. Moving is so stressful, but I love how you inserted some honest humor in this post, Your number 4 tip is a tough one! I don’t know if I could do it! I also find # 8 entertaining. It’s a good point. Haha!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Ha, ha! Leanne, I’m picturing you with the bubble wrap! Moving is no fun that’s for sure. I’m glad you had fun with the post. 😀


  16. Rosey September 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    These are fun (useful) tips. Moving is a chore, to be sure. LOL at your last comment/tip. 🙂

    Thanks for linking to Super Sunday Sync.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

      Thank you Rosey! I’m glad you found the post funny. Thanks also for hosting the Super Sunday Sync. 😀


  17. Crystal From Tidbits of Experience September 9, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    Loved this post. Congrats on selling your house so quickly. I wish my house would sell!! I desperately need to be out from underneath it.

    I loved all the photos and animations you put in your post. Such personality. Love it.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Hello Crystal! I’m so happy you loved this post. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. You put a smile on my face. I hope you sell your house quickly, but be careful what you wish for. 😉 Good luck and all the best!


  18. AnnMarie September 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    Very cute post and very funny! Love the videos to go with the commentary! Following you all sorts of ways!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      Hello AnnMarie! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. Thank you so much! I hope you’re having a great Saturday so far. I’m about to start getting ready to go to my first “Book Signing” event and I’m so nervous. Reading your comment put a big smile on my face. Thank you! 😀


  19. bohemian babushka (@BBabushka) September 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    JU SO FONII!!! I raise my fan to you dear lady- ♥ the way you put clips/pics to everything, must have taken you just as long to write this post as it did to pack! Here from the Weekend Showoff Blog Hop and subscribing. BB2U


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      Ha,ha,ha! Thank you so much! It took almost as long! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. Have a great Sunday! 😀


  20. Angel September 24, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    I love it! We need to laugh more and not take ourselves so seriously all the time. Awesome post. Thanks for sharing with us at the SSS Hop. I’m also your newest Bloglovin follower and cant wait to read more of you blog. Hope you will visit me also.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      Hello Angel! So delighted that you loved the post. You’re absolutely right. We all need to laugh more. Thank you for following and I will definitely be visiting you again! 😀


  21. Lisa Ehrman September 27, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    Hilarious! It’s still hard to laugh, because we moved this summer, too! Horrors is the perfect word that comes to mind! It’s good that you can laugh….better than crying 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

      Hi Lisa! You know exactly what I’m talking about! Ha,ha! Laughing is good medicine and far better than crying. 🙂


  22. Suzanne Lucas September 30, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Wow, can’t believe you managed to pull that off in 3 weeks. You kicked butt!

    I just sold my house last week; it’s been six years since my last move and I’m not looking forward to this one. Movers are a definite must. So is that cat/dog packing box. Lol

    Stopping in from the Show Off Weekend Blog party.

    Suzanne @


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 30, 2013 at 4:36 am #

      Ha, ha, ha! Thank you Suzanne! It wasn’t easy, but when there’s a will, there’s a way. 😀 Good luck with your move. I hope you have plenty more time and everything goes smoothly for you. I love linking up to the Show Off Weekend Blog Party. See you next week! 😉


  23. Doreen Sargente January 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Those gifs are hysterical! I can so relate. Last year we also moved from a four bed home but we only had 2 weeks…and that included having to find a place to live! We also had a shed, a full attic and half a garage, not to mention we lived there for 26 years so we had a lot of stuff. We have to move again in March but this time we have less stuff and at least we have more time.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      Oh my! Doreen, your situation sounds even more stressful! Yikes, I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. I’m glad you enjoyed the post though. 😀


  24. Pride in Photos Photography January 13, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    This collection of tips is hilarious….dogs and cats in the same box…that would be something to see.



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