My best moving tricks and ideas

I want to thank you for the kind words and comments from last week's post. I can't start to tell you just how much it indicates to me that you take the time to read what I need to say and leave sweet remarks and messages.

I forgot to point out something in that post that I believe is really important. Usage your own judgement when it comes to making choices about where you are going to live, send your kids to school, and everything else. It appears like when you discover where you are going, individuals love to inform you what to do.

Don't live in that area.
That school is not as great as this one. (I never ever trust the school ranking websites either, but that is for another post.).
That commute is dreadful.
You know, there is a much better place to do xyz ...

They are originating from a good place, however they are not you. This is your experience. You know more about what you are trying to find when it comes to finding a location that you want to live in and what sort of lifestyle you have than anyone else. We have constantly done our own thing and made our own options and have never regretted it. As hassle-free as it is to crowdsource, this may be one of those times when you trust your own instincts more. PSA over.

Last week, I talked with you about how I feel about moving. I love it.

If I am being perfectly truthful with you, the real relocation can be a discomfort in the ass.

We are 3 weeks out of relocating to Cape Cod (our 9th move?) and deep in the throes of the process. I believed that I would share some ideas that I have actually selected up over the years of military moves.

I play a strange little game with myself every time we move. I try to make sure that we have less stuff than we did the previous move.

For me more stuff implies more to take care of, more to unpack, and more to move again. I am fairly relentless, if I do not utilize it or enjoy it, it goes. If we have boxes with numerous moving sticker labels on them that have never ever been opened, chances are great we don't need it. (FYI-- A great deal of Goodwills will concern your home and get.).

Go through your drawers and put the little things in Ziploc bags. The movers simply can drop the bags into the box, and when you are unpacking, you can just dump it back in.

Speaking of utensils, make sure that you inspect every drawer, closet, and cabinet to make sure that everything was loaded. Our realtor was kind enough to go back to the house and send us the drawer that we forgot about. As soon as you sign off, it is not the responsibility of the movers, so make sure to double check.

4. About a month out, make consultations to have the utilities turned over or switched on. It is nice to have Internet on relocation in day, and not a few weeks later. It can be tough to get cable visits throughout moving season. Call your current companies and let them understand your relocation out day to turn off what you currently have in your current home.

5. If you have school age kids, make sure that you know what you need to register them at their brand-new school (and sports if they are playing in the fall). When you get to your new town, it is simpler to get physicals and their vaccinations prior to you leave than. The majority of school districts have everything you need online or will send you the documents. This has actually constantly made the shift a lot simpler for me.

While I am completing the documents, I also discover a pediatrician and dental expert and call to make certain that they are taking brand-new clients. I keep a little file folder with all of our crucial papers in it and bring it with me.

6. Treat your movers well. This one should go without saying, but after some discussions recently, I am a little turned off by the way some people deal with individuals moving their belongings. I have actually had actually excellent luck with movers. I keep the refrigerator equipped with beverages, have breakfast and lunch for them every day, and trust them to do their job. The nicer I am to my movers, the faster and simpler the move is. They probably aren't going to pack your things exactly as you would, however they are specialists. They load and move individuals every day. They know what they are doing.

7. The night prior to the movers concern pack, I move us out of the home and into a hotel. I load everyone for the trip like we are going on trip and pack up the automobile. It is too difficult to do it while there is a moving crew in your house and I tend to get overwhelmed. Now, I do whatever before they arrive and it is more enjoyable for everyone. And whatever that does not need to get loaded is currently with you. Only one individual needs to be in your house with the movers, so among us will take the kids to the hotel swimming pool or do something during the day.

8. Do not forget about your family pets. I will be sending my pet dog to doggie daycare. I don't desire her under everyone's feet in and in the method. Also, make certain that the hotels or guest homes that you are remaining at take animals. Moving can be terrible for animals, so attempt to keep them as stress complimentary as possible.

I really play up the "experience" aspect of moving instead of the leaving part. I make sure that the movers put their bikes on the truck last, so that they are the first things off of the truck when we get to our brand-new house. The kids can ride bikes and play while the movers are moving us in.

And it is a truly excellent concept to hand carry the "parts" box (the screws, bolts, and all of the little pieces to put everything back together). It is amusing how lots of individuals have told me that is the one box that has gotten lost.

Pack a box of things that you understand that you will require the first night. I make sure that there are clean sheets for all of the beds (I put the folded sheets into a trash bag), shower curtain, some towels, and a bottle of white wine. Just kidding about the red wine.

12. Simply get it done when it comes to unpacking. We generally are "pictures on the walls" by day 3. Drawing it out makes me feel less settled, and once everything is unpacked and moved in, you can start to explore and enjoy your new town.

13. I try to get there a day before the movers come when we get to the new house. I clean as much as I can. Inside of drawers, fridge, racks, and so on. After whatever is relocated, unpacked, and assemble, I treat myself to an expert cleaning. It is so good to have a clean house after all of the craziness of a huge relocation.

14. Be flexible. Stuff happens. Movers are late. Homes aren't all set. Things break. Moving is going to cost more than you believe it does. It isn't the end of the world. Don't sweat the little things. It isn't worth it in the long run.

Every moving season I believe that my other half and I are going to get separated. Being able to laugh and have fun with the relocation is so much better than being worried out and unhappy. My kids, my partner, the movers.

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