We did it! We have a place to call ours!
After nearly two years of yours-and-mine, combined with your-family’s-and-my-family’s, combined with the cabin, combined with trips together, we found a place to call ours. The Englishman, the English dog, and me.
As Duke chews on another cardboard box (why? Does it taste good?), I am reminded of the joys of moving. My parents and I moved a whopped 20+ times during my childhood, from New York, to Georgia, to Wisconsin, to long summers spent in California. Finally, I am setting down some roots in Virginia with my two boys, and it is the most wonderful feeling in the world. Somehow, all the boxes don’t bother me anymore.
Our furniture doesn’t arrive until Thursday, which means we aren’t quite moved in, but we are having the best time unpacking the kitchen and deciding where to put things. The person having the best time, however, is Duke – who can run around to his heart’s delight and not run into a coffee table (which does happen from time to time).
I decided to share the three best tips for moving, especially combining two households, that I have discovered over time.
- Throw it out now before you pack it up and move. Anything that is a duplicate, anything you haven’t used in the last six months, and anything you don’t really like. Trust me – do it now, before your home is an obstacle course of moving boxes, cardboard, and rubbish.
- Label. Your. Boxes. I created an Excel master list, and as we packed a box, I detailed what was inside. This might not be the quickest and easiest way to pack, but it is the quickest and easiest way to unpack. To be honest, it might have added 30 extra seconds to each box. Because I took that extra time, I know what is in Box 3 and exactly where it needs to go.
- Do one room at a time. That probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard that, but if your boxes are labeled and you know where they go, go one at a time. Right now, we are still unpacking the kitchen. Next, it will be the bedroom. One at a time, and you won’t be overwhelmed.