We are moving! Actually, we will be moving two times in a four month period. We will be moving in a couple of weeks into a cozy, little house until our new house is built, which should be by the end of the summer. Our new house will be our 5th home since we were married 10 years ago. And with each move, we have more kids, and more stuff!!! So, here are a few things I’ve realized over the past 10 years of moving, and I thought I’d share them in case anyone is thinking of or planning a move in the near future.
1. Don’t do it!! Just be content where you are! (I guess if you followed this tip, the rest of my tips would be irrelevant.)
2. Get rid of everything (or at least most of it). Sell it, donate it, or throw it away. Do you really need all that stuff anyway?
3. Don’t move during the first trimester of a pregnancy! Fatigue and morning sickness (or all day sickness) do not compliment the moving process.
4. Send the kids to Grandma’s house for the entire month before you move. That way you won’t have little ones following you around, unpacking boxes that you just packed full of things they haven’t played with in months because now they decide it’s a good time to play with these toys – wait, I should be selling, donating, or throwing these things away, right?
5. Be flexible! Even the best laid plans WILL NOT go as planned. Be prepared to laugh at these unforeseen circumstances, otherwise, you might just break down and cry.
6. Don’t do the packing and moving with your spouse. It’s just not good, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.
7. Call every friend and relative you know that has a truck, and it wouldn’t hurt if they had some muscles too.
8. Make friends with the local liquor store owner. No, not because the stress of moving will drive you to drink; you want his boxes! Boxes can be a large moving expense – get free ones any way you can (craigslist is a good place for this).
9. Keep bubble wrap out of the reach of children. Otherwise you won’t have any bubbles left for keeping your fragile items safe.
10. Whistle while you work, or rather, I prefer singing. Put on some music and sing praises to the Lord as you pack. It makes the work go by much quicker and makes it much more enjoyable.