So, we moved. And I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me whine about it. So I won’t anymore. But I do want to share some things I learned in case they prove useful to anyone planning a move soon.
- Do whatever you have to do to get whatever amount of money you need to hire people to do the whole move for you. Your back and sanity will thank you.
- Related: To be safe, double whatever estimate the moving company gives you.
- Stock up on those big-ass, heavy-duty black contractor bags. Because no matter how much you do before M-Day (that’d be Moving Day), it’s never enough. You will no doubt be “packing” all sorts of crap in those big contractor bags by the end of the day. And if you’re diligent, they won’t get mistaken for trash bags.
- Call in all of your favors with relatives and friends to get your kids out of the house during the actual move. (And if you have amazing parents like mine, perhaps they’ll drive up to CT from VA for the sole purpose of driving your two oldest kids back down to VA and keeping them at their house for a few days!)
- If you’re going to lock yourself out of house 30 minutes before the movers are due to arrive, make sure you have your baby with you and that your husband is only halfway to the dump when you call him to come let you back in the house.
- Try to plan a nice last meal at the house you’re leaving. We kept ours classy by pairing Chinese food with champagne out of plastic cups.
- Keep an air mattress, pillows, and blankets handy in case you unexpectedly have to stay an extra night in the house you’re leaving.
- When choosing which car to drive the 8+ hours it will take to get to your new house, ensure your husband picks the car with no a/c. And the cats.
- If you don’t like country music, you might want to go ahead and give it a try. No matter where you’re driving, there always seems to be a country station to listen to.
- You may want to avoid New Jersey until the cicadas make their way back underground. The entire cicada population seems to have descended on the Garden State.
- There is a city in Pennsylvania called Shartlesville. C’mon, that might be the best piece of useless information you learn all day.
- Apparently I look old enough to be called ma’am. By everyone.
- It gets really dark when you live someplace with no outside street or other background lights. Like you’d probably want to buy stock in nightlights.
- Leave yourself 5-100 days for Comcast to get your order correct. And your service actually up and running.
- Move to a state like VA where even after eating crap food on your road trip and crap food the whole first week in your new house you still end up 2 lbs down. Must be the altitude difference or something. I don’t really care. I’m going with it.
- Prepare for the inevitability of losing your keys among the bags and boxes that will overtake your new house, and go ahead and have at least 12 spares made.
- Ensure you live near a Super Walmart or the like since you will spend most of your waking hours there the first few days.
- Speaking of waking hours, there will be many. Between trying to get everything done and your kids going bonkers (see #19 below), you’ll long for the days of sleeping in and lazy afternoon naps.
- Your kids will, more than likely, go batshit crazy the first week or so from all of the changes. (Actual duration: yet to be determined.) Keep some popsicles and lollipops on hand for them, and some beer or wine (or something even harder if that’s what it takes) for you.
- Perhaps most important, make sure your kids have their clothes on before going out to meet the neighbors.
June 26, 2013 at 8:37 am
Glad to hear the move went well! 😀
June 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm
Thanks so much! We’re getting there!
June 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm
Ahh – moving – isn’t it fun? Great post – made me laugh!
So glad to hear you all made it to VA safe and sound. Finn just recently made a comment about Olivia “moving away to a new house.” And then he followed it with “And that’s sad.” I think he will miss her. 🙂
June 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm
Awwww, I cried when we picked her up her last day. She misses everyone, too! Please tell him Livy says hi. 🙂
June 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm
I will do that! And I’m sure he sends a big hug her way! 🙂
June 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm
I am so happy you wrote this list. We are moving out of state in AUGUST (my list would include “Pick the hottest month of the year.”). We had to move out early and I am right there with you on the unexpected packing. I’m seriously going to rent a u-haul with the extra things I kept out of the moving van.
Bravo to you for keeping your humor about you enough to write this post. Good luck in VA!
June 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm
Ahhh, August . . . should be good times, lol. And thanks, this was our biggest move by far, and I’m just thankful we survived. At least so far, ha ha.
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May 15, 2023 at 4:54 pm
Thank you ffor writing this