Written by Miranda of Pocket Pause
I’ve read that moving, getting married and starting a new job are some of the biggest contributors to stress – and since I’ve been through them all, i can vouche for that statement.
I have moved so many times in the past few years that I’ve become somewhat of a pro – or at least have picked up a few tips that have helped me keep my sanity. If you’re about to take on a move, big or small, this post may help you get through it without bursting into tears and leaving your husband or wife. Please, continue reading and feel free to leave us a comment with YOUR moving tips!
1. Pack Correctly
The starting point in any move is packing, and there are right and wrong methods. Tips for packing correctly include:
- Choose the right box: don’t put all your books in the biggest box you can find. It will be too heavy. Keep heavy items in small boxes, fragile items in sturdy boxes.
- Pack it with padding: Wrap EVERY piece of china, every wine glass, every canning jar, etc. This may seem excessive but you’ll be awfully bummed when you show up in your new house with a box full of broken glass. Newspaper or craft paper make perfectly acceptable wrapping. Bubble wrap or foam are even better, especially around the sides of the boxes.
- Pack like things together: Do NOT pack your shop solvents with your antique books. Pack by room, cupboard, and shelf. Pack things together that will ride easy together and that are destined for the same new storage space. This rule is most difficult to follow at the end of your packing spree. Do not be tempted to pack up all those last “odds and ends” from all over the house into one box just because they’re all that’s left. It will make unpacking a nightmare!
- Label your boxes thoroughly: “Kitchen” or “bedroom” seem like fine labels, but consider adding a priority rating (1 will be needed immediately, 2 isn’t so crucial, 3 can really stay in storage until you’re quite settled in. Also, jot down a few of the special items within the box – this will make finding “that one thing i need right now” so much easier once you’re in your new home.
2. Start With a Clean Slate and Routine
If you were a bit lackadaisical with chores in your old home and hope to keep your new, clean home clean and new seeming- start off right! Keep a strict rule to avoid placing items that don’t belong onto counters and tabletops. Consider setting up a ‘set it here’ area for items waiting to have their place. New routines are much harder to keep if you start out by breaking them. You might have piles of boxes everywhere, but at least they’re tidy box piles. Whatever you want your new routine to be, start off by sticking to it and the habit will sink in more easily.
3. Keep To-Do Lists
If you weren’t much of a list maker before, become one. When your house is covered in boxes, pending repairs, and small to large scale projects, that to-do list will keep you sane. Make a long list for the big projects, and smaller bite sized daily lists. Work through them a little at a time and do some “small victory” dances every once in a while.
4. Have Patience
This one is all mental, and the key to surviving a move. Nothing is going to go as smoothly as you’d like.
Your moving van will not be ready on time. Your friend will not show up to help shlep boxes the day he promised. The washer will not disattach from the wall and you will end up breaking off the faucet, spraying water everywhere. Yes, all these things JUST happened to me! What got me through it? Patience and a little faith that “this too will pass.”
Be excited! You are moving into your new place! It’s awesome! There will be snafoos along the way, but be patient with yourself and your family. You are all tired and feeling a little out of place and experiencing one of life’s most stressful events. Exchange some hugs, offer a few backrubs and try to get some rest. This won’t be easy, but it doesn’t have to be miserable.
Read more about the Rommel’s move to their new farm at www.PocketPause.com.
Feel free to leave us a comment with YOUR moving tips!