But as time passes after that first major move of complete adulthood, parental help with future moves becomes less and less likely. Your parents might leave the continent, like mine, or they might just decide that they're getting too old to play moving service for you and that you're getting old enough to learn how to do it on your own.
Moving is a useful skill to pick up, especially if you're someone who likes trying out new cities or doesn't get too attached to a specific place and prefers to follow opportunity. I'm moving back to Cambridge, MA from NYC for work and this is my first major move without any parental assistance and without the option of storing belongings at my parents' house (see above: they left the continent).
With the recurring millennial question of 'how can I do this grown up thing with minimal headache,' here are my tips for pulling off a snag-free major move by yourself!
1) Pare back your belongings.
But try to let go of the things that you aren't using regularly. Even some of the things that you do use regularly might be ready to get the old heave-ho! Those ratty sweatpants for that time of the month when you have a sore uterus and zero desire to put on real pants? That enormous bottle of shampoo that has about three tablespoons of shampoo left in it? That laundry hamper that you think used to be blue, but you're not quite sure anymore?
Here are a few songs from my moving playlist:
How long ago was your last move?