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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Thursday Thirteen # 14: Moving Tips from the trenches

ThirteenMoving tips from the trenches

1. Just say no. Seriously. It's just not worth the headache.
2. Do not have surgery a couple weeks prior to the move. The doctor might gleefully tell you it means you get out of work, but really, it just means more stress because it's not happening fast enough.
3. Resign yourself to staying in your current abode. You don't NEED to move. (unless you're evicted, then I guess you have no choice. But work it out. Seriously. It's the best option.)
4. Free boxes are like manna from heaven. Take as many as you need from fine establishments like the local liquor stores and grocery stores. Apple boxes and Jack Daniels boxes both are of excellent quality.
5. Reconsider moving. Your life will be upside down and inside out for a really long time.
6. Tape and markers are your friend. Be detailed in your box labels. For example, it might be handy to know which box of clothes contains your underwear.
7. Are you really sure you want to move? In the new house, you're going to have to find new places for everything that's had a home for seven years.
8. Get as much help as possible. You have more stuff than you think. Your husband has more stuff than you think. Your kids stuff- it breeds.
9. If you throw out a bunch of stuff, you'll have plenty of room, so no need to move!
10. Make sure you keep your spouse alive long enough to sign all the related legal documents. You really can nag a man to death, so I've been told.
11. A vacation is much cheaper, much less stressful, much more fun, and when it's over, you'll be grateful for whatever home you come to. So instead of moving, take a vacation.
12. So you're really set on moving? Okay, fine. As you lay awake in bed at night, wondering how it's all going to come together, remember that God really is in control and it will all work out perfectly.
13. While all the unhappy thoughts and worries plague you, focus on the good things you're going to. Yes, it is a tremendous hassle. Yes, your blood pressure has risen to extremely unhealthy levels. Yes, your family members have been threatened within millimeters of their lives. However, when it is all said and done, you will be in a beautiful, happy place that is all your own. So think on all the good and lovely things in your future and try not to let the horror of the moment kill you. (And it may)


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Anonymous said...

I *hate* moving. Too bad I do it so often.

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

We just moved a few weeks ago and we were saying the same things! Yeah, unless God writes in humongous red letters that we need to do it again, NO WAY! It's craziness, and expensive! :)

God Bless you today!

Jana said...

Oh, the house is lovely, Dream!

Good tips on moving. If I ever decide to do so (and find a good cheap SECLUDED house to rent) will definitely keep this in mind. ;-)

ADD said...

You scared me!!! I am moving in october and then again in january (cross country) I'm terrified now... Thank you

Jan Parrish said...

Moving stinks. Getting everything in the new home settled in time for the holidays, priceless.

I love your new home. Congratulations. It will be worth it in the end.

Danica Favorite said...

Elisa, I'm definitely not doing it again anytime soon.

Amy, yeah, no doubt! Good luck getting settled in.

Thanks Jana! Um, ixnay on the renting. Just find yourself something nice to buy, and that way, you can stay there FOREVER!!!

Add, sorry to have scared you. It is really a lot harder than it looks, but maybe that's because I don't move very often. The best piece of advice I can give seriously is to get rid of as much junk as possible.

Thanks Jan. I'm hoping to be unpacked by the holidays.