In a little over a month our family will be making a move almost a 1,000 miles away. We are excited, nervous, anxious, and a little overwhelmed. Change can be amazing, but it can also bring a flood of emotions. We are actually thinking of this time as our new adventure! It helps with coping with all the emotions, and helps us with all the ever changing feelings! My list of to-do is also growing everyday, so deep breathing is also on the agenda! Packing up a family of 7 takes some organization and patience. A lot of patience, lol. Here are some of the things that I (we) have been doing to get this adventure started!
Purging: We have been going through everything and really questioning if it is something we need. I think that is one of the hardest parts, especially items that hold certain memories. I was one of those moms who kept everything, and I mean everything. I actually did a purging a while back of all the things the kids have made us throughout the years. I kept a few things from each year and made a special folder for each of the children. It helped me clean, yet keep some beautiful memories of the children’s growing up years. We also have memory boxes for each of the kids. It holds things from when they were babies on up. They will take these boxes with them when they leave the nest. It’s just little pieces of them they can cherish and share with their own families. We also ask ourselves if we really need “that many” of one thing, or even something similar. Plates, cups, appliances, etc. Most of them just sit in the cabinets and drawers. We have boxes of items to be donated. and some set aside for the children.
Packing: The fun part, lol. We actually use bins to pack. We found them to be easier to move, and they are reusable afterwards. We keep all the packing that comes in shipments we get, and we also use old plastic tablecloths, pillow cases. towels, etc. that we aren’t using right away to pack any fragile items. We label, and then organize them by rooms. That way it’s easy to load in groups, and much easier when coming off the truck.
Moving Van: My husband and I have discussed this in length. We have gone back and forth with hiring a company, to driving ourselves. Having someone do it for us would be easier, but obviously way more expensive. Doing it ourselves would be a little more challenging, but would save us money. Of course, that would also be an adventure in itself! Right now we have decided to go that route, but I am sure we will change our minds a few more times…
Driving Plan: We are not going to be driving straight through to our new home. We have decided to map a plan of different places to stop, and sleepover in a hotel about half way. Some people are fine driving through, but for us it is the other way around. I think we would get too hangry and have a few mini breakdowns. It wouldn’t be a pretty sight. As for me, I have really bad anxiety/panic and I am going to need breaks, food, and a bit of meditation, lol!
Food and Drinks: A must have staple on any type of road trip! We usually drink water and Gatorade, and pack fruit, pretzels, goldfish, sunflower seeds (hubby loves them while driving), protein/granola bars, and of course some chocolate! I don’t know about your family, but we get whiny and hangry when we don’t eat every few hours, lol!
Unloading/Unpacking: I always pray this goes smoothly. We usually have a system. Someone on the truck, someone right outside the truck, etc. Everything goes straight to the room it needs to go. We set up the big things first (beds, etc.), and then we can take our time unpacking and figuring out where to put things (My favorite part!). The most important part is to keep your sense of humor! We tend to laugh a lot during this process!
Moving is stressful no matter if you are moving 5 minutes away, or across the country. I feel that being organized, having a sense of humor, and a little pre-planning can help! Sometimes it may have hiccups, and that is okay too! Go with the flow and enjoy the adventure!