I moved a lot during my twenties and early thirties. That’s pretty common, especially when you rent.
When I temporarily lived in Florence, I noticed how many houses had family names engraved on brass plaques on the door frames. I wondered what it would be like to live in the same place for so long that my name would be engraved in brass. I considered that someday when we bought a house, I would get a name plaque of my own, or at least one of those custom return address stamps.
Here are 18 signs that you move around a lot. (Do any of these sound familiar?)
- Your name on the mailbox is written on a piece of masking tape (or an adhesive label if you’re getting fancy).
- Buying a custom return address stamp seems like a poor investment.
- Your driver’s license never shows your current address.
- When you buy new furniture, you first consider how big and heavy it will be to move.
- You paint walls knowing that it’s temporary and you’ll have to repaint them beige next year.
- Your towels are white because they’ll match every bathroom.
- You keep light fixtures, curtains, and curtain rods that you don’t currently use because you might need them at the next place, and it’s too expensive to buy new ones every time you move.
- You keep the original boxes for your energy-efficient light bulbs so you can take them with you.
- You remember what year something happened based on where you lived at the time.
- Your closet organizers and shelves have been installed and taken down many times. (I like those canvas closet organizers that hang on curtain rods since they’re versatile and not permanent.)
- You measure the amount of stuff you have in terms of how big of a moving truck you’ll have to rent.
- You’ve hired the same moving crew three times in two years. (Love you Frank!)
- You store some of your things in moving boxes because that makes it easier for next time.
- You know which recycle bins in town have the best cardboard boxes.
- You buy packing tape in bulk.
- All of your plants are in planters so you can take your container garden with you.
- You still check real estate listings even when you like where you live.
- You like the idea of settling down and staying in one place for a while, but somehow it still makes you feel antsy.
Are you moving soon? Read How to Move in 6 Weeks or 6 Days, and Keep Your Sanity.