My dear friend Cassandra from A Glimpse of Normal is guest posting today for finchnwren! She and her family just moved into their dream home (WHAT a story!) and she’s written about how she and her family made the big move simpler and less stressful. Enjoy–and then hop over to Cassandra’s blog and see their neat new home!
We recently made a big move and bought a new house. It has been a lot of fun and it is my dream house. It is a renovated barn and the kids have a lot of fun telling people they live in a barn. Now that we have been here for a few months I have been thinking about the things we did that made our move easier. That is what I want to share with you today. This list is by no means all-inclusive and I am sure there are plenty of things I am forgetting to include, but these are the main things that helped us make moving easier.
1. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter – If you are thinking about moving start decluttering. This will help you weed out the items you want to keep and move from those you don’t need anymore. Sometimes it isn’t easy, but just remember the more you keep, the more you have to move.
Start Packing Early – I know it sounds a little crazy to start packing before you move, but if you are even thinking of moving, start packing boxes. There are almost always things in our house that we can do without for a little while, so start packing those items. Packing takes forever in general, but the less you have to pack in the last couple of weeks before you move, the better off you will be.
2. Don’t Pack the Crock Pot – When we moved our crock pot was our best friend. We had the luxury of a couple of weeks to work in our new house before we closed on our old house. So during the day I would throw our food into the crock pot and as soon as hubby got home from work, we grabbed what we needed to work that night, a load of boxes, and our crock pot. Dinner was ready when we got to the new house. We would eat and then work.
3. Pack a Tote of Cleaning Supplies – Once we knew the closing date of our new house, I packed a tote of cleaning supplies to take with us on the day we closed. This included bathroom cleaner, paper towels, toilet paper, kitchen cleaner, wash cloths, rubber gloves, window cleaner, and scrubbers. This way I could begin cleaning while my hubby and the guys were ripping out carpet. It also helped because I knew I had these supplies at the new house so I could work on cleaning it when I had a few minutes of downtime when we were remodeling.
4. Check Out the Cost of Living Where You Are Moving To – Many people move and it just across town, but some are like us and you cross state lines. This means that the cost of living for us is different. One thing we did when we first started seriously considering our new house was to find out how expensive it was to live there. We asked about the utilities, internet, insurance, car insurance, taxes, trash service, how far it was to the store, how much is gasoline there, and more like this. We also made a list of things we could research when we moved like who plowed snow around us, heating and cooling companies near the new house, and figuring out where we need to go for things like licenses, county taxes, and so on.
5. Plan for the Unexpected – Every new house you buy comes with unexpected costs. There are things at our house that we thought were in good order when we purchased the house and they passed inspection, but once we started looking into it more, we had to make some repairs or replace a few things before we could use them. Try to set aside some money for these unexpected costs.
6. Work With the Kids – I mean this in a couple of ways. Our kids were excited about the possibility of moving but at the same time they had reservations and fears. Work with them through this. One way we did this was we had a family meeting and we created a list of things we could do if we had a fresh start. Many of the things on this list were things we could have done at the old house, but just hadn’t taken the time to do. We have been very diligent about this list and we are making a conscious effort to help our kids check off these tasks from the list we made. The other way I mean work with your kids is let them work alongside you. My kids loved getting to decide how their new bedrooms would look. They also loved being able to give a vote for paint colors and they have come up with clever ideas for decorating at the new house. They loved being a part of making over the rooms we have made over so far and it gives them a sense of accomplishment and it helps them make the new house theirs.
7. Enjoy the Process – Once we made the decision to put our house up for sale and put an offer on a new house life got a little crazy. There is the hurry up and take care of this while at the same time you are waiting on other things. The whole process of moving is a hurry up and wait kind of thing. The best thing that we did through it all was to try to enjoy every moment of it even though at times it was frustrating. We did our best to stay positive and stay focused on what we could take care of and not focus on the things that were out of our hands. So I encourage you to try to enjoy it all, even the crazy last minute details. The moving process happens so fast, but so slow and it will help everyone if you just try to enjoy it all.
If you want to read more about my dream house you can hope over to my blog A Glimpse of Normal and looks for my posts about Our Barn Home. It is a work in progress, but we are truly loving our new home. Thanks for reading my post today and I think I can safely say that we would love to hear any tips you have for moving.
P.S. – A special thanks to FinchnWren for letting me share on their blog today.
I just loved Cassandra’s tips. So helpful and things I might not have thought of off the bat! Many thanks, Cassandra!