1. Start collecting boxes now:
You'd be surprised how difficult boxes can be to find.
Visualize your new home and think of how you want the furniture set up, so when moving time comes, you can tell the movers exactly where you want the furniture rather than do the moving yourself.
3. Begin packing and cleaning early:
But not too early. I started packing 2.5 weeks early and that was probably a little premature. 1 week is probably enough. The more you clean, the less you'll have to do on moving day.
4. Begin by packing unnecessary items:
Starting with shampoo and your toothbrush is probably not the right course.
5. Pack in boxes:
Boxes are kind of a generic shape and are less awkward to carry.
6. Use good tape and mark:
Get some good tape (Scotch Tape is a pretty dang good brand) for your boxes and use a permanent marker to write the general items located in the box and in large lettering, where that box of items is to be dropped off (visualizing also helps here).
7. Find a babysitter and call friends:
Even if your friends won't answer the phone because they don't want to help, try rounding up a group of people some to help. Family is also a good resource. If you have a child, arrange for a babysitter (thank you Mariasha and Emily!).
8. Plan for an extra $30-$50 to go towards "Thank you" food:
We decided to go with doughnuts in the morning and pizza with water in the afternoon
9. Never EVER dress up for a move:
You're moving! No one cares what you look like when you're moving. Besides, it's better that people think "Wow. New neighbors. She must be working hard because she looks pretty homely" than, "Is she crazy?! It's 100 degrees out!"
10. Set up the bed first:
When you're done, you're gonna wanna lie down. Definitely set up the baby's bed right away because putting the baby to bed at 10PM is not ideal.
11. Take time to enjoy the moment:
Remember. You're MOVING! It's a new place to call your own! New adventures and exciting new stories to tell people from your old residence! New friends to make and new places to explore! Just another step in your journey. Enjoy it!
12. Don't stress:
Take your time unpacking and organizing everything.
13. Remember that items can be moved:
You don't need everything packed away in it's perfect place right at the get go. Put them where you think you want them and then move them later if you want.
14. Pace yourself:
You don't have to re-design every room in your house the moment you step in. Take baby steps and tackle one project at a time.
15. Be grateful:
Be sure to say thank you to your help... A lot. Couldn't have done it all without you. Thank you Hayden, Lauren, Josh, Mariasha, Emily, and Andrew! You're welcome over any time, and next time, I'll get you ice cream (Lauren).
Thanks everyone for your support! This past couple weeks has been crazy, but your enthusiasm has really helped me remember what an exciting stage of life this is! Thanks for that.
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