Found a new place? Check. Packed up all your stuff? Check. Suckered friends into helping you move? Check.
But wait—you’re not done! You still need to figure out how you’ll pay your friends back after the exhausting big day. No, a few slices of pizza and room-temperature beer won’t cut it anymore. You’re grown-up now, remember?
To ensure that your friends remain, well, friends, there are two cardinal rules to keep in mind before the move:
1. Make the whole process as efficient and hassle-free as possible. It probably won’t be fun, but it doesn’t have to be backbreaking or traumatic either.
2. Make your gratitude clear. You don’t need to change your will or buy your pals Mini Coopers, but do make them feel good about participating.
So go ahead and get started! You’ll still have a few friends left after the move. We promise.
And don’t forget the best thank-you of all: Pay it forward and help them in return when the time comes.