By Vince Mancuso,

Moving day is here, and while there is an adventure on the horizon waiting for you at your new home, first you have to get through this difficult day. Outside of the stress of packing and unpacking all your things, this day can potentially be filled with organizing your belongings, the manual labor of lifting and hauling, and the ever-present fear of something going wrong.

With so much going on, bad and good, you’re going to go through a cycle of emotions today. But don’t worry, everything is going to turn out ok in the end. Just remember the seven stages of moving day.


You stare down the endless horde of boxes of carefully packed dishes, neatly folded clothes, and the hurriedly tossed contents of your junk drawer, and you have a moment of panic.

Will Ferrell Anchorman regret

Before you lose yourself, do one thing: take a breath. You’ve marked boxes, planned for your new home, and have friends and family on their way. You’ve even got a coupon for post-move pizza. In short, you’ve got this.

Liz Lemon saying Let's Do This


Those days of lifting five-pound dumbbells are put to the test, and while you may not be in agonizing pain, the muscles start to ache and soon you’re exhausted.

R2D2 from Star Wars falling over

We’ve got four words for you: hand truck, snack break. Be sure to always lift with your legs, do what you can to lighten your load, and always have some healthy snacks within arm’s reach.

parks and recreation chris pratt eating food for energy


Bumping into each other, sweat rolling, and the ever-present risk of something breaking—few things test the limits of emotions and friendship like hours of packing up a moving truck.

angry cat in the hat

Before reaching full-blown Hulk mode, now’s the time to do something fun. We suggest gathering your crew, cranking up the music, and having a short dance break. Point is, you need to add some fun.

Michael Scott from the Office dancing


The truck is packed and your friends are making their way to the new house to unload, leaving you to give your former home one last look-through. Sure, you think you’re looking for any forgotten items, but you’re really just lost in your thoughts and memories.

spongebob squarepants lonely and sad drinking coffee

Yeah, it’s sad seeing a place where you’ve lived now empty, but before you lose yourself to nostalgia, remember this: it’s not the place that makes the memories, it’s you and your loved ones who do.

joey hugs chandler from friends


With one last goodbye to the old place, you hit the road for your new home. The drive is a breath of fresh air and a break from all the work of moving. As the name of this stage suggests, things are starting to look up. May we suggest rolling down the windows while belting out your favorite ’90s hip-hop?

friends riding in car together


You had your break, and there’s still work to be done, so now it’s time to take on the next challenge of creating your home in a new house. Get to it!

cleaning the house to music

The best part about this stage in moving is that you can mix things up and try those crazy things you never thought you could get away with in your last place.

turk saying there is silverware in the pancake drawer


The final step in moving may not always come on moving day, but it will come. Before long, you’ll find yourself completely comfortable in being your goofy self in your home.

tom cruise dancing in risky business

It doesn’t take too long, but the stages of moving can still be a vicious cycle of emotions. Give yourself a pat on the back, you’ve survived.

Neil Patrick Harris gives self five

Now enjoy your new home!

seinfeld friends happy dance


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