Murphy’s Laws of Moving


Funny, but from the times I’ve moved and the many times I’ve had to help my kids move, I have begun to notice a pattern in the events that seem to come into play as soon as the decision is made that it’s time for a new place:

1.  No matter how many boxes you have, you will never have enough.

2.  The more your friends promise to help, the more likely it is they will be deathly ill or out of town the weekend you are moving.

3.  Whatever it is that you need, it is always in the bottom of a box that has already been taped shut.

4.  Now that you are moving and no longer need it, you will always find something you have been looking for for years.

5.  The tape, the scissors, the markers and the screwdriver all know how to play hide ‘n’ seek.

6.  The thing that gets broken will always be an irreplaceable antique heirloom – never something cheap that you didn’t like anyway.

7.  Regardless of long the drought has been going on, it will always rain on moving day.

8.  You will always loose your checkbook, your car keys, the remote control or your cell phone.

9.  If you stay up all night packing to be ready for the movers, they will be late.

10. No matter how large the new place is, it will shrink when you move in.

©1998 Sheila Moss


Have you moved lately — or ever? What sort of problems did you have or did everything go smoothly, as planned?

About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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9 Responses to Murphy’s Laws of Moving

  1. nikisthoughts says:

    I’ve moved many many times, with college every year, getting married, and a couple years later moving to New York state. These all are so accurate. It’s a great list!

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  3. Rachel says:

    I have helped my fair share of people move. So if I ever move, I will have plenty of chips to cash in!

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  4. energywriter says:

    YES!!! You covered the topic so well. sd

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  5. I’m moving abroad next month, let’s see how this goes. Last time was a disaster, it’s too hard to decide what to take and what to leave behind.

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