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First off, when you’re getting ready to move…do as I say, not as I did. *face palm* While my intentions and plans for moving were all laid out and good, I find that nothing ever goes as planned.
There are so many resources to help you move, mine included, but I hope to share practical tips that will save you time and sanity. Ready to get started?
1 | Let go of your expectations
I had a wonderful plan in place on how to have a wonderful move. So what happened you may ask? Well, the week leading up to my move, I was forced to stay in a hotel in town in order to have enough internet to attend a virtual trip one for my adoption. That meant all the packing I had planned for the last week of living in my house was out the window.
Then, to top it off, all of the help I had lined up (close to ten people) had to cancel for various reasons the day before the move.
2 | Keep it simple
By having all of my things in uniformed boxes made it easier to store the boxes before the move, leaving more space to pack, and it made it easier to stack and move them in the truck and easy to unload. Since they were all new boxes I didn’t have to worry about the bottoms breaking and whatnot.
I also had one color tape for each room to make it easy, and for those did show up on moving day each got a tape roll to themself and a sharpie. No more wasting time searching for lost supplies.
To make it even easier, head to the Dollar Tree and pick up some cheap cleaning supplies in duplicate for the old house and the new.
Have people start moving from the back of the house towards the front and as they go clean behind them. After cleaning, you can leave the supplies for the new residents.
4 | Plan…as much as you can…
While we need to acknowledge that we can’t control everything, only God can do that, we can take control of what is our responsibility.
Try to pack everything at least a week before you move living on only essentials. Unlike me, you don’t want to be packing the day of your move. It’s very stressful and makes everything more difficult.
I use the Scattered Squirrel moving planner for my utilities and my essentials box. I made sure to call the utilities a few days before the move and have them ready to go. I also made sure I packed the essential items, including the cleaning supplies from the Dollar Tree, along with very sentimental items that I couldn’t risk getting damaged in a clear plastic tote. I then put that I put in the car vs the truck.
I also gave myself a break and rented the truck from Friday night until Sunday night making sure I didn’t have to drive to town and back Saturday, wasting time and I ended up needing two days to unload when I thought I only needed one so that saved me.
While your plans may not go the way you want them to all the time, having a plan and trying to execute it is important. We have a big responsibility as keepers of our homes but we also must have the same grace for ourselves that God does for us.
What are your best moving tips and tricks? Leave them down below, or share over at The Homemaker’s Corner!
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