What’s up killers!

Alright so I’ve been working hard behind the scenes trying to figure out how best to re-position my channel and blog. I’m going to be the evangelist to this journey of minimal effective dose emotional life and health hacking. But before I dive into my official roll out of all that I want to share some valuable feedback on a recent journey that I just completed about a month ago which took me several weeks, MOVING CROSS-COUNTRY.

For me this was a substantial move that involved moving not just a personal jump from one apartment to the next but a full-blown move of a 3 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom high rise apartment, a 600 square foot office with 3 servers and 5 desks to a WeWork two time zones and 2100 miles away. To add to the project I had lived in the house for 3 years with various roommates and business colleagues collecting an array of items over years, and I was dealing with a size-able $4,000 deposit I wanted back.

I’m happy to say by in large the move with very successful and smooth and in this post I’m going to discuss some of the exact questions, challenges and things I used to accomplish this along with a few less specific hacks. So before you even do anything you probably want to decide on a few major things:

1. Should I sell all my stuff and simply buy new stuff when I get there?

  • Upside: No movers, no shipping costs, no packing of your stuff
  • Upside: Could get nicer, newer stuff
  • Downside: Dealing with selling all your stuff, the back/forth of communicating with buyers as well as listing
  • Downside: All the “re-building” and time spent looking and buying the new stuff

2. Assuming you want to move things, how will you decide to move?

  • You could hire movers end to end, this the most convenient, but also the most costly. (most my quotes came in at ~ $5K)
  • You could pack things, hire loaders and get a trailer/truck (think PODs or U-Pack, or ABF Freight), then you unload on other end.
    • This worked out to around $2,300 for them to ship my things from Seattle down to Austin.
  • You could rent a Penske truck, pack it, drive it, and unload it.
    • This quoted out around $1,850 for the truck rental alone, 20′ for a week drive down from Seattle -> Austin, 2,200 miles.
    • In addition you’d need to factor in hotels, meals, gas and any flight back, plus time and energy invested.

I had a number of items that were larger that I wanted to move. A set of couches, a king bed, king bed frame, kitchen items, clothing, dressers, desks, monitors, TV pretty much all the essentials.

Now before I jump any further – I would highly recommend thinking through the opportunity and time costs involved. If you have real clarity on what you want to move and it’s easy for you to simply point that out and have pros do it, then you’re almost always better off just getting a few different quotes and then having a moving company handle everything from packing to relocating.

Since I really didn’t know what I was going to take and because it had been a few years and a few different roommates/colleagues – what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to move, I opted to pack things myself.

Pro-tip, recruit your family for this task, invite mom over and provide some snacks and wine. For the desks, TVs and larger items that need some minor disassembly ask your brothers, cousins, and father for help. As the saying goes, many hands make light work, and in this case there’s just so much that needs to get done by inviting them over – you’ll be forced to move at a faster pace to keep in front of them and sort through things.

So at this stage you’re sifting through the items, getting family members to help you pack all the items in respective boxes, labeling them with sharpies and getting everything together.

Which moving system did I follow?

Well I did a combination that worked well:

  1. U-Pack for my shipping $2,300
  2. Hired pro movers to wrap up tables, couches and carry and load heavy items the U-Pack trailer $750
  3. Worked with family and friends through packing/sifting

Overall there were things I forgot to pack and added costs, so I wouldn’t use this as an accurate budgeting measure – more of a guide to get through this process if it’s something that you were going to work on for yourself in a future move.

The move went relatively smooth and almost every item, thanks to the help of the movers wrapping things up we only lost a used dining table and 1 out of 12 monitors. We shipped down 3 leather couches, 3 desks, tables, kitchen items, all my offer monitors and mounts, keyboards bookshelves and an entertainment console with almost no damage.

I’m extremely happy with the results, I have a few pro-tips I would share:

  1. Use the move as an opportunity to get rid of all those shirts and nic nacs and stuff you’ve hanging on to:
    • I heard this from Eben Pagen in one of his programs and it really seems true in my life, successful people own less stuff
    • They get in the habit of getting rid of things, and life is about stripping away rather than adding
      • This is true in business and in my social life in my experience
      • Focusing on deeper initiatives, projects and relationships rather than broader more spread
      • By the very definition of doing too many things you’re losing the objective to do what might matter more
    • I threw out at least 1/2 of my closet, 1/2 my kitchen, 1/2 the office junk. It was a total purge
  2. Before your movers leave, walk through the house / apartment for at least 10 minutes:
    • Ask yourself are you sure you’ve gotten everything?
    • Is there anything else that needs to go?
    • (I forgot a bed frame that cost me $400 simply by forgetting to do this)

Moving forward I would’ve hired professional movers to do the whole move. I was truly fortunate to have help from my co-workers, family and friends. But the costs on my business, on their time, on the overall situation had my mid and end move scratching my head in exhaustion asking myself, why did I ever think this was an intelligent use of my time?

It was an incredible learning experience that has challenged me and really glad I had the opportunity to get “caught” in the experience. Most important, being in Austin > Seattle is a game-changer in terms of my entrepreneurial network and the inspiration and motivation I’m receiving.

If you’re in a depressing place, if you’re not bumping into people doing epic shit every that inspires you, please consider the impact of the influences people have on people and change that environment. It’s probably the single most important thing you can do.





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