Friday 13: Move Over

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We’re moving. And soon. Moving is physically and mentally challenging. As if that’s not bad enough I’ve got a summer cold. I never authorized this and I’ve narrowed it down to two culprits: 1) I helped with the snot nosed brats two year olds last Sunday, and they’re always either sick or have just been sick OR 2) the lady who came up behind me at WalMart last Sunday and just started hacking all over me. Honestly, there’s acres of room in WalMart. Did she have to stand right behind me and cough up a lung? I’m determined to be stable through the transition though. Energy or no energy.

Which brings me to my Friday 13 post. I wanted to be all smart and knowledgeable about moving and offer great tips for everyone. But we don’t move like everyone else. My husband’s company does all the moving for us. I’m only working on packing the things we’re moving ourselves. There is work in that before you start calling me overly dramatic. I have to figure out exactly what we’ll need before they can deliver our goods to our new house. And that takes a mind reader because they don’t even know when they’ll deliver our goods until the last day they’re at our house. And even then it’s a crap shoot. So I’m having to pack not too much but just enough to be survivable (and with two kids whom I do not want to be bored) and manageable…blah, blah, blah. I’m getting sidetracked.

So here’s today’s Friday 13. There aren’t really any explanations to go along with each suggestion. If you really have any questions then just stick them in the comments section. I’ll then be able to put enough brain power into answering your specific question. Right now I must go pack another box.

Friday 13: Things to Remember While Moving

  1. Accept help when offered.
  2. Ask for help if you need it.
  3. Do as much online as possible: address change w/post office and magazines, etc.
  4. Farm out your kids
  5. Plan your meals ahead to use up what you’ve got. Start about a month in advance eating everything.
  6. Pack travel toys for your kids (and see Friday 13: Travel Games)
  7. Realize your kids are moving too. Do things to help make the transition easier. We had a Farewell Party for Reagan. Have the kids exchange addresses with friends.
  8. Be resourceful with finding boxes. Summertime is a great time to find people sifting through boxes in their opened garages with that look on their face of “where am I going to stick all these?” You’re doing each other a favor.
  9. Be methodical and organized.
  10. Plan for your animals.
  11. Prepare in advance. Search online for dance classes, sports, homeschool co-ops, doctors, etc. Early deadlines might come and go without you realizing it.
  12. Let it go. It will all get done somehow. Don’t stress too much.
  13. Pray, constantly.

How about you? Do you have any moving tips that I could use this week?

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9 thoughts on “Friday 13: Move Over

  1. If you need boxes, head to your local mall Tuesday-Thursday. Most stores receive stock during the week, and need a day or two to process it and break it down. On Tuesday or Wednesday, they usually have a ton of boxes that some poor slave has to lug out to the dumpster. If you ask nicely, they should be happy to give their boxes to you. 🙂

  2. I think that much of your moving list could also apply to getting ready for a new baby – something I have not even started with less than a month to go. Ah well, I’ll just remember number 12. =)

  3. Good tips! I really need to heed numbers 1 and 2…. I’m just not good at either. I have found that I think I’d rather take on a big move than a small one like we’re going through now. I’m impatient…. and I’m tired of only moving one room, or bits of a room at a time. I feel like I’m living in limbo! 🙂 Good luck with your move!

  4. I have found that gallon ziplop bags are a lifesaver! I used them to toss things in that just don’t have anyplace to go. Like the magnets and stuff from your fridge or the stuff from the junk drawer, if you have one. You’ll need all that stuff, but it will be in a box you can’t find. I put them all in ziploc bags and then the bags I put in a clear plastic container, so I can see it all.

    I used this system each time I moved from one apartment to the next before I got married, and even when we bought our house after we were married. Those little things tend to be things you need, or they wouldn’t be on the fridge in the first place.

    Oh, my. I have rambled and you’ve never met me before. Hi! Nice to meet cha.

  5. Gosh, I hate moving! That’s the worst- I think you have some great ideas and I’m sure if we ever move again that I will use those. But I could be so lucky that my husbands company will move us.

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