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Friday, May 13, 2011

My Top 5 Moving Dont's

This week has been interesting. Trying to unpack and get settled is no small task. I will say that UNpacking is so much nicer than packing. It feels much better to open those boxes and put things away, as opposed to boxes piling up with no place to go.

After getting through the majority of this move, I thought I could share a list of things NOT to do when moving your family to a new home. If I had to do it again, I would call a do-over on a few hundred things.

#1 Don't pack too early!
I thought preparedness was a priority, and I started packing nearly a month prior to the move. All this did was leave me with a ton of clutter to walk around, and I had to unpack and repack many of the boxes due to having no choice on finding necessities. It caused a lot of chaos and stress for the kids too. Who wants to look at boxes for 5 weeks?? Not me! Definitely not them! In the grand scheme of things, I could have packed the week before and been just as prepared and less stressed.

#2 Don't make a huge list of things you want to buy for the new house.
If you do, you're going to be sadly disappointed! I have all these great decorating ideas that I couldn't wait to implement in the new place. Little did I know the expense of actually making the move would just keep adding up. When it's all said and done, there are still many things on my wish list. That's OK! But, I wish my expectations hadn't been so high. Who knew that I would be paying the expenses for two houses for two months? I never thought about that. Deposits, extra fuel expenses from going back and forth, a ton of eating out and food on the go, cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching...Unless I make celebrity status tonight, I'm gonna be waiting on a few things.

#3 Don't bring in too many boxes at once.
Once we got here, I couldn't wait to unpack! I just started bringing in the boxes one right after the other! I would reccomend leaving them in the garage in an organized stack by room, and bringing in a few at time. Then once those are unpacked and the items are put away, bring in a few more. That way your new place doesn't look like mad chaos right away! All those boxes I was so sick of looking at found their way into my new place real fast. That totally stressed me out!

#4 Don't invite anyone over until you're ready!
It's ineveitable that people will want to "drop by" and see the new place. Come up with a nice way of telling them to give you a few weeks. Honestly is always the best policy. Simply let everyone know you are a raging mad woman and until your kitchen is organized they should stay far far away. It's a big hassle to have to worry with extra people during a move. Give yourself time.

#5 Don't feel like it all has to get done overnight!
All the organization, cleaning, and settling in takes time. Period. Take a breather! Do something fun with the kids. It's easy to neglect them when there's so much to do. They need some extra comfort during a big transistion and nothing is better than a mom who just stops for a minute! We've played a few board games, walked down to the beach, and just tried to enjoy the change.


At May 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I am now following you too. Thank you for attending my SITS celebration.

I didn't pack early the last time and wish I had. It was so stressful to pack at the last minute.

At May 16, 2011 at 2:09 AM , Anonymous vivi b. said...

I can relate with not packing too early! We just made a move last month and we will have another one on Sunday. Hopefully that's the last one.

At May 16, 2011 at 4:00 PM , Blogger Lizbeth said...

Moves are no fun!! I just read thru your previous post---the move may be extra hard on your son...I'm glad you're taking time to enjoy things too!


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