Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ten Tips for a Successful Move

Here is my quick primer on cross-country moving:

1. When your husband says, "Don't worry. It'll only take two days to pack up the house," don't believe him. Instead start boxing things up immediately, if not sooner. Your marriage will thank you.

2. Hamsters are impervious to air travel and a new home.

3. Children, however, are not.

4. Agree on the definitions of certain words with your spouse. For instance, the word unpack should mean all items in said box are removed. It does not mean boxes are placed in available closet space for later discovery. Surprise...you have another unpacked box!!

5. MapQuest, GPS, Google Maps. Whatever you use...don't leave home without it.

6. Time your move so it closely coincides with the start date of school. A week, for example, of hearing about how your children have no friends and the new school is going to be horrible, is WAY too much time.

7.  When necessary keep bribes close at hand. Cookies, screen time, back to school shopping. These are your new best friends.

8. Instead of spending tens of minutes each morning staring helplessly at the complicated new coffee maker...locate the nearest Starbucks and commit the route to memory.

9. Channel someone on Prozac or Xanax or any of those happy-making, calm drugs. "I know we've been sitting in traffic for 45 minutes sweetie, but try not to bounce your basketball off of your sister's head again."

10. And the number one rule for moving cross-country, insisted upon by school teachers and frazzled mothers everywhere....Have fun!

Even if you have to pretend! Because pretend fun is better than no fun at all.

20 comments:

Mark Koopmans said...

Love it, and so agree with your tips :)

Can I add #11: "Join the U.S. Navy and have them move you." :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well, at least it's over! Agree with Mark - have someone else pack and move you.

Johanna Garth said...

Mark, this is the first time we moved without being moved. I agree with you. Much easier to be moved!!

Alex, yes! That will be my go to plan in the future!

~Sia McKye~ said...

jOHANNA, I feel your pain. I've moved both ways. When you're packing for yourself two days? pfft. No way in hell. It usually meant packing up all the non daily use stuff straight away and then the two days for everything in surrent use. Still, the place looks like WWII happened and you look at it and think, why am I doing this again?

The Navy was great about coming in and packing out the house when we moved and they CAN do it a few hours. Maybe cause they're not emotionally attached to the things, lol!

Hugs sweetie!

Sia McKye Over Coffee


Gail said...

Great advice.

Enjoyable post.

Crystal Collier said...

LOL! I loved this!

We've moved so many times you might call me an expert. I've got a 1 month system for getting an entire house packed without breaking a sweat. Of course, here's hoping we don't move for a while since I like this house.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

GPS, map printed out, and my husband checking the maps app on my phone - I hate to get lost.

Welcome to the East Coast!

Joanne Noragon said...

I do believe you outlined a magnificent system, especially the Starbucks.

Marjorie DeLuca said...

Love the Starbucks comment!

Marjorie DeLuca said...

Love the Starbucks comment!

Emily R. King said...

I love/hate moving for many of these reasons. Except I never had a hamster. :)

Glad you all made it safe!

Ella said...

I am like Emily and have a love/hate relationship with moving! Yes, Starbucks and other bribes always work ;D

Oh, you brought back many memories!
The worst one driving to Alaska in December-very dumb! (long story)
The best one was flying to Hawaii, but still some glitches. You know lost luggage, cancelled flights and LAX being redone and we(me and two kids) had to run to catch our flight. We made it-phew! Welcome to your new home!
Great tips :D

jaybird said...

Great tips! First priority is finding the Starbucks- I love that. I've tried all kinds of fancy coffee makers, but I always find my way back to my $25.00 old school Mr. Coffee pot. Not complicated at all and still works after sixteen years of using/abusing it every single morning! Love it.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I feel your pain. My hubby is a terrible collector of things. He's better now than when we first married, but we've been in our current hour more than 20 years now. Ugh.

Shell Flower said...

Unpacking always takes waaay longer than packing, which takes way longer than you think, too. Sounds like you have learned a lot through the move. Good luck with the new school year.

Caitlin said...

Oh unpacking is definitely something my husband and I disagree on. We haven't moved in almost three years and probably won't be going anywhere for another year and a half, but I'll commit these to memories. ;)

Elise Fallson said...

I've moved several times in my life but only once with my kids and it was to a house 10 minutes from our previous home. Plus, my eldest was only 2 years old and the second one was still baking. (;

Enjoy this new chapter in your life! (:

Misha Gericke said...

Excellent tips! I hope you're settling in okay. :-)

Rachel Morgan said...

Oh, goodness, we're probably moving to the other side of the country at the beginning of next year, and I am NOT looking forward to it!
Fortunately we don't have children yet, though!

Lisa Gail Green said...

LOVE that you can have a good sense of humor about it! I laughed out loud at the Starbucks one. Congrats on your move. Hope things have calmed down and I hope you enjoy your new home!!