You may have noticed my posts for the last month have been a little… how shall we say it… undeveloped.

And there is a reason why.

Our lives have gone from this (please ignore the holiday related decor):

to this:

to this:

One thing has led to another in our lives and w have become first time home-owners (cheer!) and have lovingly taken on many projects in the recent weeks. I am sure I’ll post about a few things that I am learning – I can officially say I have used a Dremel, can successfully whip up and apply smelly wood-filler, have wielded demotion tools and know Lowe’s store layout like the back of my hand.

My DIY know-how is rapidly expanding. Talk about jumping in with both feet.

Our idea list is bigger than the dumpster in our driveway. That means big.

But first, let me share my notes on moving:

1. Have an “important box”. Fill it with things like toliet paper, Lysol wipes, paper towels, plastic cups, coffee pot, shampoo, towels and lightbulbs. Wrap it in glow-in-the-dark paper. Shine a spotlight on it. If you’d like to keep misery at bay, know where this box is at all times!

2. Purge before you move. I had all the best intentions of putting a few pieces on Craigslist and taking some piles to the local donation center. However, time caught up with me and we had to move a few items to valuable to ditch and the rest we left on the curb. It’s best to plan ahead (do what I say, not what I do).

3. Get creative with meals prior to moving. It’s inevitable. The back of the pantry is full of random, unloved edible items. Now is the time to use those 3 cans of baked beans, half can of breadcrumbs, frozen snap peas and vanilla frosting.

4. Panera and Subway will become your best friends. Panera for the free wi-fi and Subway for the $5/footlong. The toasted Chipotle Chicken and Cheese sub got us through many-a-day.

5. Pack well. However, just know that the breakable items you pack haphazardly will make it through just fine while the pieces you tried your hardest to protect will end up scratched. Then you will proceed to pat yourself on the back that you don’t own expensive furniture, and most of it can be touched up anyways.

6. Always get the bigger Uhaul. It will fill up. There are little Uhaul gnomes that bring stuff out of corners you didn’t even know existed.

7. Friends that help you move are friends forever. If those same friends help you move during a torrential thunderstorm, you owe them your firstborn.

8. Set up your bed at the very beginning! At the end of the day you will be so tired you don’t want to have to worry about finding the sheets and putting together your bed frame.

Now I just have to figure out a way for all those boxes to unpack themselves.

Do you have any moving/unpacking tips?

10 thoughts on “Ch-ch-changes

  1. Congratulations on your home ownership! I am in the midst of a move myself (which begs the question of why I am sitting here reading blogs rather than packing). This time I forced myself to actually go through everything I own — papers, mementos, saved birthday cards, etc. — and really decided what I wanted to keep and what to purge. It’s a long, tedious task, but I feel so relieved and it’s making packing so much easier. I also strongly suggest places that bulk shred. Have fun settling in!

  2. Congrats!!! My husband and I bought in May and are so happy.

    Really wish you posted this earlier though…. I really needed help with a lot of the items you addressed *cough* #6 *cough*

  3. The photo of the U-Haul…is that the new or old house in the picture? Or some random home. Congratulations! That was fast!

  4. Congrats on your new home-ownership!
    The absolute best move I ever helped with, they bought coloured dot-stickers. Every box had a sticker, and every room in the new house had a corresponding giant cardboard dot in it. So, despite not being the person to pack the boxes, I knew that the yellow-dot boxes all had to go into the kitchen, the green-dot boxes in oldest-son’s room, etc. They were crazy-efficient.

  5. Oh, I am a Move Fearing Woman! The last time we moved I had a one-month-old baby. I decided to stay put for a while after that one!

  6. Oh boy! I can only imagine! I kept saying to my husband, “aren’t you glad we don’t have kids? aren’t you glad we don’t have a dog right now?”

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